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).

Batelco

Starter price: BD6
Credit included: Unknown

Menatelecom

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

Zain

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

Viva

Starter price: BD10
Credit included: BD5

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

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After trying out several different operating systems on my tiny BenQ Joybook Lite U102 netbook, I never really kept it installed for long.

My netbook came with Windows XP and it got wiped on the first day with Windows 7 (Ultimate). Unfortunately performance was somehow degraded, stuff just felt slow somehow. A few days later I decided to give Ubuntu Netbook Remix a try, it lasted a bit longer, but it was Ubuntu’s first netbook version and some annoying bugs were there.…