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[edit] Cellular Operators

[edit] MTN Syria

MTN SYRIA is one of the two mobile operators in Syria. MTN SYRIA was also known as "Areeba". It offers GSM and 3.5g broadband services. However, 3G services like Video Calls or streaming are not yet available on mobile phones. Uses bands GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / UMTS 2100.

APN settings

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  • APN name: internet

[edit] Syriatel Mobile Telecom (SyriaTel)

Uses bands GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / UMTS 2100.

APN settings

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  • APN name: net.syriatel.com

dial-up connection number: 198093

[edit] Prepaid plans

[edit] MTN Syria

MTN Syria offers MTN Speed (Prepaid) service so you could always keep your tablet, laptop, netbook or PC connected.

Data Volume Price (excl. taxes) Validity Bonus when recharging
100 MB 200 SYP / 3.48$ 45 days 100 MB
250 MB 500 SYP / 8.70$ 60 days 250 MB
500 MB 1000 SYP / 17.39$ 90 days 500 MB
1 GB 2048 SYP / 35.62$ 180 days 1 GB

You can check your Bonus balance and validity by dialing *100*3#.

GPRS Data Bundles

Data Bundle Monthly subscription for postpaid and prepaid
3 MB 50 SYP / 0.87$
5 MB 75 SYP / 1.31$
12 MB 150 SYP / 2.61$
25 MB 250 SYP / 4.35$

The allowance of data bundle for prepaid customers should be consumed during 30 days. To activate data bundle call *111#.

[edit] How to top up

You can use the ATM machines to activate any of the services or to recharge your card The service enables MTN's prepaid subscribers who have bank account at the Real Estate Bank to recharge their balance with MTN's cards (40 SYP / 0.70$, 65 SYP / 1.13$, 75 SYP / 1.31$, 90 SYP / 1.57$, 150 SYP / 2.61$, 225 SYP / 3.91$, 300 SYP / 5.22$, 450 SYP / 7.83$, 750 SYP / 13.05$, 900 SYP / 15.65$ and 1950 SYP / 33.92$) to any MTN's prepaid accounts at same cards' prices, by using only Syria Card and The Real Estate bank's cards.

You can also top-up your account using top-up voucher of the following face-values: 150 SYP / 2.61$, 300 SYP / 5.22$ and 750 SYP / 13.05$.

[edit] SyriaTel

Ya Hala is the name of the Prepaid Card from Syriatel.The Ya Hala SIM card included in the start-up pack is empty of any balance so you will need to recharge it with a minimum of 100 SYP / 1.74$ in order to charge your account.

Also SyriaTel offers service called GPRS Mega Plan - it offers both postpaid and prepaid subscribers a monthly subscription to one of the following GPRS bundles so you can stay always connected to the Internet:

Data Bundle Monthly subscription for postpaid and prepaid How to activate How to deactivate
3 MB 50 SYP / 0.87$ Send SMS containing 3 to 1221. Send SMS containing Deact 3 to 1221
5 MB 75 SYP / 1.31$ Send SMS containing 5 to 1221 Send SMS containing Deact 5 to 1221
12 MB 150 SYP / 2.61$ Send SMS containing 12 to 1221 Send SMS containing Deact 12 to 1221
25 MB 250 SYP / 4.35$ Send SMS containing 25 to 1221 Send SMS containing Deact 25 to 1221

The subscription will be automatically renewed every month unless you cancel the service.

If you've used up the whole GPRS Mega Plan,then you will be charged for using the GPRS service as per normal tariff 0.75 SYP (0.013$) / 30 KB for prepaid subscribers.

To check your data balance call *100#.

[edit] How to activate the GPRS service

You can easily activate the GPRS service and get the needed settings, by sending empty SMS to 1211. The cost of this SMS is 6 SYP / 0.1$ for Prepaid subscribers.

[edit] How to top up

To charge your Ya Hala prepaiscard you can simply get the desired Ya Hala top-up card, available nationwide in most outlets, and use one of the following free of charge methods:

First method:

  • Scratch the grey area on the backside of the card to reveal 14-digit recharge code.
  • Dial the following USSD command in your handset: *123*< 14-digit recharge code ># then press OK.

Second method:

  • Scratch the grey area on the backside of the card to reveal 14-digit recharge code.
  • Dial the number 1234
  • Choose the recharge menu.
  • Enter your 14-digit recharge code when prompted.
  • Hang up once you've heard the voice confirmation.

You can also recharge any other prepaid card by calling 0933 111 234 from either postpaid or prepaid and follow the previous steps.

Third method:

You can recharge your prepaid card through visiting Syriatel website and following the below steps:

  • Visit www.syriatel.sy customer corner -> prepaid
  • Choose: Recharging Ya Hala line
  • Enter the recharging code of your voucher in addition to the prepaid card which you want to recharge.

Fourth method:

Abili service:

ABILI service gives you the opportunity to recharge your prepaid card easily without buying any physical voucher. Simply visit any of Syriatel sub-dealers and recharge your card there. To recharge your prepaid card, provide the sub-dealer with your GSM number or the secret code, then choose one of the current available voucher denominations to recharge with; the sub-dealer will automatically send them to your account. Upon successful recharging, you will receive a confirmation message with the amount of the recharged balance.

To get the secret code just dial the following command *150*50# then press Call.

Avaliable face-values of top-up vouchers

Face-value Price after tax
40 SYP / 0.70$ 44 SYP / 0.77$
65 SYP / 1.13$ 69 SYP / 1.20$
90 SYP / 1.57$ 95 SYP / 1.65$
100 SYP / 1.74$ 105 SYP / 1.83$
110 SYP / 1.91$ 117 SYP / 2.04$
150 SYP / 2.61$ 158 SYP / 2.75$
200 SYP / 3.48$ 209 SYP / 3.64$
225 SYP / 3.91$ 236 SYP / 4.11$
300 SYP / 5.22$ 313 SYP / 5.44$
400 SYP / 6.96$ 417 SYP / 7.25$
450 SYP / 7.83$ 470 SYP / 8.18$
600 SYP / 10.44$ 625 SYP / 10.87$
750 SYP / 13.05$ 783 SYP / 13.62$
900 SYP / 15.65$ 938 SYP / 16.32$
1000 SYP / 17.39$ 1042 SYP / 18.12$
1500 SYP / 26.09$ 1563 SYP / 27.19$
1950 SYP / 33.92$ 2032 SYP / 35.34$

[edit] VoIP applications

[edit] GPS and other navigation applications

[edit] Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

[edit] Social Networking applications

[edit] Special Travel applications

[edit] Wi Fi Networks

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