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sandboy



Joined: 30 Oct 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Internet Reply with quote

Is it possible to get prepaid Internet with any Saudi service providers while waiting for a residence permit?

I write web content alongside teaching so Internet access would be essential from the beginning for both work and social reasons. Waiting weeks is not an option.

Any advice appreciated...
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you need an Iqama, but there are always ways around things Especiallyi f you have the fluss, habibi !
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sandboy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for that. The employer I spoke with today implied the very same thing.

I recall my previous iqama took a couple of months to arrive but I was then able to get Mobily with a passport only.

I'll need to ask more directly for the workaround when I speak with the guy again tomorrow.
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Karitos



Joined: 05 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
I think you need an Iqama, but there are always ways around things Especiallyi f you have the fluss, habibi !


You can get a SIM card with data at the airport using passport only. If you pay for a large data allowance and can use your phone as a mobile hotspot, you'll be able to do the essentials while you wait. If your phone is 4G enabled, then you should have plenty of speed.
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sandboy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for that tip. I have a 4G phone with hotspot.
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In the heat of the moment



Joined: 22 May 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just make sure you have a good reception from the supplier you choose, speeds can be fast with a dongle or 4G phone if there's a tower nearby.
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sandboy



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that
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I-forgot



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Location: Riyadh

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is common practice for such accounts to be set up under somebody else's iqama number.

People are generally quite willing to do this as we have all been new to Saudi at some point.

My mobile phone number, home broadband and mobile wifi are under three different iqamas, none of which is mine!
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sicklyman



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

everywhere I ever lived in Saudi had free Internet (although of mixed quality). Free WiFi is pretty much ubiquitous in coffee shops and many restaurants have it too so even if you can't get it on someone else's iqama you can still get online.
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sandboy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for these tips.

I have worked in Saudi a couple of times but I'm aware that the regulations have tightened up.

I'm now on the cusp of heading back and am just trying to ensure that I can get online myself. I write web content and my girlfriend lives abroad so it's crucial that I can secure my own connection rather than being reliant on coffee shops or WiFi outside. These, though, are good back-up options.

It's certainly encouraging that, as always in the Magic Kingdom, the procedure can be worked around!

Thanks again.
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