Just before Chinese New Year, I have guests at home. With 3 additional young adults using smart phones and iPad occasionally, my monthly Maxis quota of 3 GB (1.5 GB peak and 1.5 GB off-peak) was put the test.
Within 48 hours, I got a notice that my quota (1.5 GB) had been used up, and whether I wish to top up. How I wish this happened when I first signed up, because then I was given a 7-day trial period within which I could cancel it with full refund. It is too late now, and no matter how I dislike the package, I have to sit it out for another 10 months! Come to think of it, it is rather unfair for the service provider to lure customers with their attractive sales promotion and bound them for a year. Imagine this multiplied thousands of time!
Fortunately, my house guests were busy during CNY and they left without me having to top up my quota. Now, I am using the service under their 'throttling' speed. I can continue using my still available balance of quota during unearthly hours of 2am to 8 am. I am game for this because I am trying to wean myself off the internet. I can still use their throttled service for checking my emails, Facebook and even online banking!
Conclusion: The basic package based on limited quota is good only for old-timers who use internet in a limited way. No way can it be used to meet the needs of young users.