Qtel customers performing the Umrah religious pilgrimage to the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr can easily contact friends and family, and use Mobile Internet services, with the new affordable Qtel Passport service, which offers extensive data and minutes on 60 global networks, including all of Saudi Arabia’s networks.
Since its launch in July, Qtel Passport has proven useful not only for customers travelling to Saudi Arabia, but also for customers taking summer holidays around the world – especially in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, United States and the United Kingdom.
The service has expanded to include new countries on the O2 network, including Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, providing an even wider international footprint in which to enjoy great rates.
Shahry and Hala customers who sign up for Qtel Passport immediately receive 100 minutes for all calls and 1 GB of roaming data, which is valid for seven days. The service is available on 60 networks in 35 countries. In Saudi Arabia, Qtel Passport is available on the STC, Mobily and Zain networks.
The minutes can be used for dialling or receiving calls from any number in Qatar or overseas. Customers can activate Qtel Passport by sending a free SMS. Qtel Passport provides the best coverage for Qtel customers travelling overseas, and offers the most convenient and value-packed international roaming service available in Qatar.
To activate Qtel Passport, Shahry customers send an SMS message reading “QP” to 114, while Hala customers send an SMS reading “QP” to 121. Hala customers need a minimum credit balance of QR 100 to use the Qtel Passport. Customers can continue renewing for another seven days every time they renew by sending another SMS after the previous package expires.
If customers use up their Qtel Passport allowance during the seven-day period, then they are charged QR1 per minute for calls and QR1 per MB of data.
The service is available in Australia (Telstra), Algeria (Wataniya), Bahrain (Batelco, Zain, Viva), Bangladesh (Airtel, Robi), Canada (Bell, Telus), Czech Republic (O2), Denmark (TDC), Egypt (Vodafone, Mobinil, Etisalat Misr), France (Bouygues), Germany (O2), Hong Kong (China Mobile), India (Idea, Vodafone), Indonesia (XL), Iraq (Asiacell), Ireland (O2), Italy (TIM, Wind), Jordan (Zain), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Zain, Mobily, STC), Kuwait (Viva, Zain, Wataniya), Malaysia (Celcom, Maxis), Maldives (Watanyia), Oman (Nawras), Palestine (Wataniya), Philippines (Globe), Singapore (Starhub, M1), Sri Lanka (Dialog, Mobitel), Switzerland (Swisscom), Thailand (Truemove, AIS, Total Access), Tunisia (Tunisiana), Turkey (Avea, Turkcell), United Arab Emirates (etisalat, du), United Kingdom (3, Everything Everywhere, O2) and the USA (T Mobile and AT&T).
Customers need to select participating roaming operators manually on their handsets when they travel, to ensure they enjoy the full benefits of the Qtel Passport. Roaming services on other operators will be charged at standard roaming rates.
More networks and countries will be added on a regular basis, and the full list is always available on the Qtel website.
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