Last night, we went to the mall and got a Broadband@home connection via Mobily Wimax. Yes, for more than 2 months of getting a free connection, I decided it’s time to get my own connection. So I decided to try the Wimax connection from Mobily. Signing up for the service is easy as long as you have your iqama with you. 🙂
For those who are not familiar with the wimax technology, here’s what I got from WiKiPedia.
WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and fully mobile Internet access. The current WiMAX revision provides up to 40 Mbit/s with the IEEE 802.16m update expected to offer up to 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds
The only that you can sign up is the 2MB plan, that cost SR350 and includes a WIFI CPE modem that has 2 ethernet ports and WiFi connectivity to allow you to connect wifi enabled devices like cellphones and tablets. The 2MB plan has an unlimited bandwidth for 1 month and you can renew it once your subscription period is over.
The 2 Mbps plan has different packages, the 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year package. Mobily will also give free months to those who subscribe to the 6 months and 1 year package. For the 6 months, you get additional 2 free months and for the 1 year they’ll give you 4 additional free months. I was almost tempted to get the 6 months package. 🙂
For the renewal of your subscription, the sales rep said that when you subscription is almost over you will received a SMS notification or reminder to renew your subscription. When renewing your subscription you get to choose from different connection speed and number of months. They have the 2Mbps, 1Mbps, 512Kbps, 256Kbps, which cost SR260, SR240, SR195 respectively and SR300 for 256Kbps plan for 3 months.
To get an overview on how their renewal packages, you can check the chart below.
By the way the WIFI CPE modem that was given to me was already reconfigure to their WiMax connection, so the moment I turned on the modem and connected my laptop via the ethernet port, the computer was already connected and notice the different in terms of the connection speed. Just to give you an idea on how fast the connection I got, you can see the speedtest that I performed.
Yep, that’s a whopping 1.32 Mbps while connected via the ethernet port and then I tested the wifi connection, and here’s what it gives me.
Not bad for a wireless connection, since a few months back, the free wifi was so slow that I almost complained to the one who was paying for the connection. 🙂
Since the wifi connection was setup to be open, I manage to reconfigure the Wifi settings of the modem and assigned my own SSID and the key to connect the wifi connection to avoid other people from getting a free ride, of course I’ll share the connection to the people next door in case they have a downtime on their connection.
Last modified: October 10, 2010