Telecom in Bahrain (Zain & Batelco)

Recently with the GulfRun event and working on a few things there we spent about a week in Bahrain. I had my mobile on roaming while I was there, I tried to keep calls to minimum to keep costs down. We even used walkie talkies when we are walking around on the track or close by because we are usually just locating each other. And as usually Zain charges an arm and a leg even though its the same company in Bahrain, whats funny is that Gulf countries with Zain get a better deal then what we do in Kuwait until recently with the free incoming calls which should have been done a long time ago. During the time we were there we had a choice between Zain and Batelco for network choices even though you get charge the same for international roaming. Whenever I’m on Zain network I always get a busy tone calling any number so I switched to Batelco and my calls & texts went through perfectly every time which is very odd, so whenever you go to Bahrain choose the Batelco network because its the same thing that happened to all other people who were roaming.

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  1. Man, I would keep a blind eye on price if service was good. It’s deteriorating as you said. I usually have to call twice/three times in Kuwait to get a line (Wataniya). I heard its same with Zain. OK, we’re all happy for free incoming calls. But can we speak now?

    PS: You said ur going to haj, while u still blog. R u going or what :)

  2. Yea, I agree – Zain drove me crazy when I was in Bahrain. Switched to Batelco and it worked for me.

  3. F4P

    Thats because Zain in Kuwait does not have its own international gateway…thats why prices are so high for roaming on a zain kuwait sim.

  4. Daddyz Girl

    I totally agree Batelco works better especially if ur line is wataniya except for the roaming prices :s
    So if ur frequent visitor to Bahrain get Batelco or Zain line … international calls are much cheaper

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