It’s been 2 weeks and Omantel still hasn’t sent a technician to my home to “reinstall my internet” as promised. Why on earth would I need my internet reinstalled? That, my friend, is a great question and its answer borders on the stranger-than-fiction!
When I first got my internet hooked up last year it took me 76 days to get it installed after some help from fellow blogger, Blue-Chi. Well, after receiving the same bill each month in the fall for only 10 rials for installation and nothing for the internet, I started to realize that something was odd. The whole problem stemmed from the important fact that the internet technician (trying to be very helpful!) realized that there was some problem with my connection so he plugged in his own username and password! That was clarified at the end of this year and so they wanted to charge me for months of his internet use although my account had never officially been opened. They gave me a new account at the beginning of this year and it was so nice to have super fast internet with unlimited use. We even had a friend figure out how to get wifi hooked up in the home so the wife and I had free reign of the internet. It was fantastic while it lasted! 2 weeks ago they suddenly turned off my internet and I’m still waiting for them to reinstall it.
A few days ago (May 12th to be exact), I thought “Enough is enough!” and so I picked up a Friendi modem for 29 rials which came with something like 6 GB and advertised as “one month of internet”.
The lovely Aida at the Muscat City Centre Friendi counter between Starbucks and Chilli’s. I must say that getting hooked up was as easy as filling out this form (which Aida did herself) and handing over my residence card as proof of ID:
Well today that amount was down to o MB! Seems that “one month of internet” was more like 4 days! The same kind of thing happened when I was part of the Nawras “Gold Program” when I was first hooked up to the internet in Muscat ages ago-I was charged oodles for “overuse”.
This is the modem I got for 29 rials which came with a few GBs which lasted only a few days. I bought an omantel SIM card and I’m using that in this friendli modem (but I had to sign in with my old Nawras Internet E220 modem icon to get it to work!). You can use the internet for 24 hours through omantel by texting *141*24# and hitting send. Or 7 days through *141*7# . I think it’s the next best thing as you wait for Omantel to send the technician to your house to install highspeed broadband.
By the way, if you want to find out the approximate download and upload speed that your network is giving you, go to speedtest.net and simply click “begin test”.