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STC and Mobily Block HeyWire Free SMS Service

I never heard of HeyWire service and app before I received this image:

HeyWire offers free SMS sending for users. It used to work in Saudi Arabia and according to that message both Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) and Mobily has blocked receiving SMS messages from US phone numbers and that includes HeyWire. And it appears that Zain did not block US SMS.

On the other hand and according to HeyWire’s message, Bravo – PTC has supported HeyWire.

STC and Mobily’s customers continue to receive spam SMS messages and yet they can’t receive legitimate messages from another country. What is CITC’s role in this all?

Thanks to the anonymous person that sent this image to me yesterday.

You can find the author of this post on twitter: @khaled.

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  1. What is CITC’s role you ask?  Their role my friend is to make sure that the Telecom companies suck our blood dry!  Remember their scandal last year when they tried to block the Telecoms from offering customers free roaming?
    Instead of siding with the customers, CITC chooses time & again to offer protection to STC & Mobily, just like SAMA is protecting the Banks & the Saudi Chambers of Commerce all over the kingdom are protecting the merchants & business men from lowering the food prices!!
    Smile, you are in Saudi Arabia!

  2. when will this block be implemented?

  3. Its also blocked in uae etisalat but i dont know about du yet !!!!!!!!!

  4. till today 31.1.2011 i sms my brother in US by mobily network and he recive all my SMS.
    dono when they start the blocking or they already did but mine working fine !!!

  5. still mine is not working


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