I was one of the first to switch telecoms after number portability was enabled between telecoms in Kuwait. To my surprise after reaching UAE my line didn’t switch to Etisalat or Du, it just had no signal. I tried everything, including manually selecting a telecom but nothing worked. Turns out if you switch to another telecom you no longer having roaming or data roaming services, and I don’t know when this issue will be resolved.
The application initially found by an Android developer on his device that keylogged almost everything he did had people outraged. The application Carrier IQ silently worked even when your phone was set to Airplane Mode. This application is used by pretty much all brands including and not limited to Nokia, BlackBerry, Android and Apple.
It is initially the Telecommunication companies that request this application to be installed on devices they sell. Meaning Carrier IQ is normally spotted on contract devices, not unlocked ones. I’ve checked my device which I got from Zain a few months back and it was clean. To my knowledge Carrier IQ is not effecting Kuwait or this region.
Update: RIM announces a statement saying they don’t install Carrier IQ on any of their devices[Link]
Update II: I asked all Telecoms about this issue, so far only Zain have responded.
I received Wataniya’s Ramathan greeting card and gift today, it’s never too late I always say. This one topped all the gifts, was my personal favourite. Nothing resembles Ramathan more than a bundle of Bkhoor(woodchips soaked in fragrant oils).
I keep hearing about unfortunate people coming to Kuwait after a great vacation only to find out their bill is at least 1000KD. Most times this is caused by internet subscriptions, they use their local sim card abroad with 3G on. This means the internet service is functioning even if you don’t want it to. So the internet service is adding to your bill daily.
A friend of mine had a problem with one of the telecomunications which didn’t make any sense. He called their customer serivce and cancelled his internet service. A few months later he got a message that his bill limit was almost reached. He later found out that the internet service was still running. After some discussion they explained to him that he cancelled the internet service but didn’t disable it. Which in my dictionary is pretty much the same thing.
What I suggest is before you travel whilst you’re still in Kuwait, shut off your phone and remove the sim card from your device. Once you arrive to your destination just buy a cheap prepaid number and message everyone telling them they can reach you with this new number. Never insert your local sim card while you’re outside the country or bills will unexpectedly start raining. Only put your local sim card back once you’re back in Kuwait.
While browsing for Wataniya’s logo on the web I found those two ads made back in 2009. Those are very eye catching(pun intended) and I have no idea how I haven’t seen them two years ago. Has anyone seen these before? I’m not sure they were published, or maybe declined at the very last second. Whoever made them is photoshop talented.