Telecom offices crowded with customers

Updated 01 December 2012
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Telecom offices crowded with customers

Various telecom companies’ sales and customer care offices in Jeddah witnessed large crowds yesterday, as subscribers, mostly expatriates, waited in long queues to restore their pre-paid SIM card.
The majority were confused and unaware of the new regulations regarding recharging their SIM cards and transferring credits.
The telecom company employees appeared exhausted by the end of day, opting to finally post a notice across all their office branches, explaining in detail the new procedures.
Beside expatriates, who are the main clientele of prepaid SIM cards, several young citizens also lined up to update their personal information with telecom companies for their SIM cards.
The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) set a mandatory rule for all subscribers, which entails the entry of their resident identification number, in order for them to be able to recharge or transfer credits.
According to the rule, pre-paid SIM card subscribers will not be able to charge, recharge or transfer credits, unless they enter their ID number, followed by the recharge voucher number. More importantly, the ID number entered must correspond to the ID number provided by the subscriber to the service provider, when the SIM card was purchased.
STC, Mobily and Zain have now offered subscribers the option to update their personal information through their websites, instead of having to visit the offices. Subscribers have to enter the SIM card serial number, which is listed on the backside of the SIM card and then they are required to enter their identification number.
CITC also introduced a system, which enables residents to check whether a SIM card is registered under their name without their knowledge. STC subscribers can end a SMS message containing the number (9988) to the number (902). Whilst Mobily subscribers, can send a blank SMS message to the number (616166) and Zain subscribers can send a blank SMS message to the number (700123).
Pre-paid SIM cards are more popular among residents because it enables them to control their telephone budgets and provides them with easy recharge and credit transfer systems


AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

Updated 35 min 19 sec ago
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AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

  • The showing of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is eagerly anticipated by moviegoers.
  • The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.

Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely popular comic book that heralds the return of movie theaters to the Kingdom on April 20.
The Kingdom-wide excitement accompanying the arrival of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is expected to generate hordes of would-be moviegoers for what will be the only cinema screen in all of Saudi Arabia as the cinema ramps up to full operations. The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.
Movie lovers can now go to www.noon.com, where they can click on a banner ad that will take them to the micro site for ticket sales and information. On the micro site landing page, a digital clock will count down to the start time for ticket sales for the next showing of Black Panther. As soon as the start time arrives, customers can click on “Book Now” to begin their ticket purchase with Noon. As soon as the show is sold out, the timer will reappear on screen along with a message indicating that there are no more tickets available and when sales will start for the next showing.
Initial screenings of Black Panther are reserved for families only and are not open to single males. Future showings will be made available for single men.
Although ticket sales are currently limited to next-day showings, customers will be able to choose their cinema experience, type of seat and the number of tickets they want to buy. There will be an initial limit of six tickets per customer. Black Panther will screen nightly at 8:30pm with tickets priced at SAR75, which includes a 25 percent entertainment tax levied by GCAM and 5 percent VAT.
Tickets for Friday night’s premiere event go on sale at 12:00am Friday, April 20 for the 8:30pm show on the same day.