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How to save on Mobile bills in Syria

Just wanted to share a few tips about reducing your mobile bill.

So far we got two Mobile providers in Syria which are almost identical. SyriaTel and MTN.


It is not just in Syria, but in a lot of countries Mobile companies still charges a lot for SMS despite how simple it is.

Lately I noticed that MTN and SyriaTel are offering good bundles to reduce the SMS cost.

So I advice all the people who uses SMS to pick one of the offers below. It will even reduce your mobile bill while using SMS instead of calling ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the 100 SMS is sweet.


Send SMS with the code to number 1220:

Messages Price Saving Code
25 SMS 50 SYP %67 ุฑ 25
100 SMS 100 SYP %83 ุฑ 100
3000 SMS 1500 SYP %92 ุฑ 3000


To subscribe call *111# and choose package number:

Messages Price
25 SMS 50 SYP
100 SMS 100 SYP
Unlimited 1500 SYP



While I still think that the GPRS cost is very high, the bundles are still a way to save some money if you need to use GPRS.


Send SMS with the code to number 1221:

Messages Price Saving Code
3MB 50 SYP %33 ุฌ 3
5MB 75 SYP %40 ุฌ 5
12MB 150 SYP %50 ุฌ 12
25MB 250 SYP %60 ุฌ 25


To subscribe call *111# and choose package number:

Messages Price
3MB 50 SYP
5MB 75 SYP
12MB 150 SYP
25MB 250 SYP


Well that’s set for now, hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚


Qualified companies competing for the third mobile operator in Syria announced

According to a document released by the Syrian Ministry of Communication and Technology, the finalists companies competing to nab the license for the third mobile operator in Syria are:

  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (UAE)
  • France Telecom (France)
  • Qatar Telecom QSC (Qatar)
  • Saudi Telecom company (KSA)
  • Turkcell (Turkey)

After being qualified,ย  the companies will start submitting their proposals on the 12th of December.

Third mobile operator, we are waiting for you ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: UAE Etisalat quit the bidding, they’re uncool with the regulations. Source.


SyriaTel releasing a new service – My Backup

One of the two Mobile networks in Syria, SyriaTel, is about to release a new service called “My Backup”.

The service let you backup your mobile by first installing a software from the company (a .sis file some program) and then it uploads all kinds of data from the mobile like the SMS, MMS, Contacts, Calendar, and folders to be stored online, where you can manage them.

I heard the service will be like a subscription, there is a 3 months plan, 6 months, and a year subscription. The one year subscription costs 350 S.P (~$8). Without GPRS costs probably.

This service is especially useful when you lose your mobile or when it gets stolen, so then you can restore your mobile data.

I see this as a really cool feature and great advance in services provided by the SyriaTel.

There is a service which I’ve been using for a while to back up my mobile and it is Mobile Network independent, which is ZYB. The only thing I miss with ZYB is that it doesn’t backup MMS, SMS, nor special folders.


Zain is about to buy SyriaTel

There are some strong rumors saying that Zain a big telecommunication company is about to buy SyriaTel one of the two mobile networks in Syira.

It looks like the company is becoming a major telecommunication player in the area serving customers in 22 country in the Middle East and Africa with a net income around $820 million dollars a year!

Zain LogoThe rumors can be true since we saw that the company did recently buy a mobile network company called Fastlink in Jordan, and the MTC company which is originally in Kuwait but also has branches in Iraq, Yaman, Sudan, Bahrain, Lebanon, and other branches in ~14 country. So it seems to be a natural move if they did really buy the SyriaTel network.

From what I heard they offer great modern services. There is this cool feature which let you make International call with the fees of a local call! Of course only if both parties have a Zain phone number.

Personally I hope this rumor is true.


Surf the Internet and blog on mobile!

I think everything is going mobile, and Opera Mini is one very nice piece of software for your mobile! I totally love it!

It works on many mobile types, check this place here for officially supported devices: HERE

This Mini browser has many features I liked, but there is one which is really impressive which is server side compression! Which means the content which you want to view are very much compress thus less traffic and less payment for the Internet service on the mobile.

Also the new Opera Mini has a cool feature which makes it very easy to make a photo, and I already started using it! Look HERE.

And if you are one these people who love RSS feeds, there is RSS reader included in this great browser.

Still all of that not enough for you? Get this, IT IS FREE!

Get Opera Mini and start having fun ๐Ÿ˜‰


MSX on the mobile ?!


I’ve been running MSX on my Nokia 6600 ( It works on other mobiles ) for a few months now, and a lot of people asked me how I did it, so I’m writing it here just in case you don’t how. Trust me you will enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ it is so much more fun than new mobile games.

If you don’t know what is MSX let me try to remind you ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t you remember that old Keyboard where you connect a recorder to it and inserts Tapes to play games, and some times Catridges. In the Arab world there is a company called Sakhr which made an Arabic version of it, so we used to call it Sakhr. I think now you remember it ๐Ÿ™‚

The way it works is by installing an emulator designed by Juha Riihimรคki.

You just need a couple of softwares to be ready.

These are the packages:

  • version 1.07a, intended for Nokia 3600/3620/3650/3660/7650/N-Gageโ„ข/N-Gageโ„ข QD, Sendo X and Siemens SX-1, or
  • version 1.07b, intended for Nokia 3230/6260/6600/6620/6630/6670/7610 and Panasonic X700.
    Download PC tool set for creating install packages from system ROM and cartridge ROM images.
  • The next thing you need to do is to find the ROM files throgh the Internet (Hint: Google ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and use the PC Tool to creat the install package that you will send it to your mobile, and you’re ready to enjoy the old games ๐Ÿ™‚

    That’s not all, you can also run MSX on all Operating Systems such as MAC, Windows, etc ….

    Look at this page for all the MSX emulators: http://fms.komkon.org/fMSX/

    And on top of all, it is Open Source ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you liked it.
    And if you have any questions I’m ready help.

    Cya ๐Ÿ˜‰