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: Menatelecom myKey Internet Service

This is the first of a series of reviews of the different Internet services I have used since my last review.

Menatelecom's myKey service is basically similar to what other ISPs in Bahrain offer, Internet through a USB dongle. However, the biggest difference is that they do not use a mobile (as in mobile phone / cell) network, but rather WiMAX. They offer the service under two different sub-service.…

(Almost) End of the Year Updates

Oh boy where to start?!

For some reason, to me, this year seemed to have passed real quick. I know its still November, but before I know it, it will probably be December 31. This year was probably the bumpiest one yet for me.

Firstly, there were (and still are) all these revolutions going on in the region. As far as the subject goes I will stop there, I like to keep a politically free atmosphere.…

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.…