Telecommunications Company will start distributing prepaid mobile
phone chips by the end of this year, according to Abdul Rahman
Al-Yami, the company’s director general. Speaking to Arab News, he
said the service was delayed due to technical reasons.
reports that STC was planning to provide a mobile service for
the company could market one million mobile phones and 600,000
ordinary phones next year. STC now sells 100,000 mobile phones and
500,000 ordinary phones every month. He said a new service named
Wireless Application Protocol would be made available in two months.
WAP will enable cell phone subscribers to surf the Internet through
their phones. He said the company was trying to prevent illegal calls
by offering competitive tariffs.
The company is
coordinating with security authorities to put an end to illegal phone
It is anticipated
that WAP will have an enormous impact on society. In the Kingdom, with
its very low rate of PC penetration and the popularity of cell phones,
WAP could quickly become the preferred method of Internet access for
the general population.
recently decided to cut mobile phone connection fee by 47 percent from
SR1,500 to SR800 and that of family mobile phones from SR500 to SR400.
It also approved a reduction of peak-hour cell phone charges from
SR1.20 to 95 halalas per minute, off-peak hour charges from SR1 to 50
halalas and short message charges from 50 halalas to 30 halalas per
personnel affairs, he said the company was studying to shift all its
employees from civil service system to social insurance scheme. He
also said that all company employees would receive good benefits as
per a new structure and salary scale.
Source: Arab News