Checking Your Viva Broadband Balance

After Viva doubled the data transfer allowance for customers, I'm pretty sure there are many out there who want to know much they have used. The problem? They do send out an SMS to your device, but that is only after you transfer a certain amount (at 20GB, 30GB, 40GB used etc…). The Huawei software apparently seems to be configured for the prepaid version of the service. So if a post paid user checks their balance they would get:

This is where the magic of USSD codes come in :-)!…

Review: Viva Bahrain Broadband Service

​Edit​As of August 2012 it seems like Viva are once again throttling the already throttled speed once you go over your limit. You will have a few gigs at 512Kbps before getting dropped down to 128Kbps.

Edit: As of January 2012 it seems like Viva is not throttling the throttled speed mentioned towards the end of the review (the 512Kbps throttle speed going down to 128Kbps after going over a certain amount).…

Review: Viva Prepaid Broadband

It has been around a week since Viva launched their new service, prepaid (mobile) broadband. After seeing the ads in the press and on the streets, I decided to give them a try, after all for BD10 I’ve got nothing to loose. Before getting into the details, let’s compare the offers of prepaid broadband currently available in Bahrain (along with recharge options, screenshots from their respective sites).


Starter price: BD6
Credit included: Unknown


Starter price: BD30 / 33 (depending on which USB device, mykey1, mykey2 respectively)
Credit included: None


Starter price: BD24
Credit included: Unknown (e-Go device + data line mentioned in starting price, definition of data line?)


Starter price: BD10
Credit included: BD5

As you can see, Viva seems to be the most affordable at the moment.…