During a recent visit to a nearby Zain centre, I was told that using Zain data (GPRS/EDGE/3G) on my Nokia E90 communicator would limit me to just WAP. The implication is that I would not be able to check my emails using a mail client, for example.
It sounded crazy then, and it still does – especially now that I have satisfied myself that they were either bluffing in order to sell their USB modems or they were ignorant.
Yesterday, I tried things out for myself and successfully browsed the web on my Sony Ericsson T650i. The T650i is 3G-enabled, but Zain 3G was nowhere in sight, so I had to settle for creepy-crawly GPRS (and boy, did it crawl!)
After satisfying myself that the coinnection worked, I opened up the T650i’s built-in mail client, configured it to use Zain’s access point, and after a few moments, I was connected and downloading new mails to my phone.
Just for fun, later in the day, I popped the SIM into my Nokia E90 communicator, and successfully browsed as well as connected to my mail server.
Again, I used the T650i (connected via USB cable) as a modem to browse the web on PC. But boy, was it sloooowwww! Here’s a pic of the connection:
Am I doing something wrong or has Zain forgotten to implement the restrictions in their policy?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.