iPhone stories (and review) in Saudi Arabia
This is my friend’s “iPhone Story”. Meet Mr. Ahmed Zahlan, he wrote me his Apple Story a few days after he got and -ehm- unlocked his iPhone to work with STC‘s network here in Saudi Arabia. He is also a Windows user but (Apple, are you reading this?) expressed interest in buying an Apple laptop. Feel free to submit your own iPhone stories to username: saudimac on the GMail service, if you know what I mean.
Ahmad’s iPhone Story after the break.
Ok guys, I bought an iPhone recently and found out that this device is full of amazing feature as well as bas ones. I am not gonna talk about the good ones, you may want to discover them by yourself. I will take about the bad ones. Here we go:
- The device doesn’t support viewing Arabic text. I have tried to search for that in iPhone forums and the best I found is discontinuous letters !!!
- Public SMS can’t be received. I mean by public SMS like the promotions SMS, Mawjood SMSs, Banks SMS, Aljawal promotions SMS. I have done my homework on this and found out that any character short code can be received. (short code is the sender name)
- NO MMS (capital NOOOOO), even though MMS is available on GPRS/EDGE !!!!
- NO 3G (also Capital NOOOOOOOOO)
- If you stored your contact numbers in the international format (e.g +9665XX XX XXXX) then your iPhone won’t recognize them because the sender number comes from the GSM provider in a local format ( e.g. 05X XX XXXX) and the pop-up screen will be displayed showing a number only. (iPhone support only the American format which is 7 digits only)
- Again, if you stored your contact numbers in Local format (e.g . 05X XX XXXX) and you receive an SMS, you will not be able to match the the sender number with the contact name in your iPhone. this is because the GSM provider sends the sender number in international format and your address book in local format.. so BOOOOYA !!
- Forget about any delivery reports about your SMS, voice mail SMS, bills SMS, Mawjood SMS. iPhone doesn’t support these advanced tech !!!!
- I didn’t find in the iPhone how to set the network services such as call forwarding, call waiting, fax option and voicemail box…
- No SMS forwarding and no sending SMS to multiple people!!!! which means in special occasions such as Eid or Ramadan, you have to write individual SMS for each one… hahaha
- No copy paste options !!!! comon apple, what the hell you were thinking when you made this iPhone !!!
- No Bluetooth file sharing..(I wanna cry) !!
- You need thick manuals if you want to install a special application especially if you’re newbie in MAC ..
I have been using this iPhone since 4 days only and figured out this much or flaws. I am sure I will find more as time goes by.