Still Can’t Believe I Won a Blackberry Bold 9790!

Merge 104.8 FM is a relatively new radio station here in the Sultanate that just turned 15 months old on Sept. 7th.  I wrote about their launch way back then.  They have done a number of prize give-a-ways throughout the year.  I remember once they filled up a Mini Cooper with cash and participants had to guess how much cash was there! Recently, they have (or Omantel has?) been giving away Blackberries in various competitions.  In one of these cool promotions, they had a slow-mo video of a diver and asked online participants to add a comment that the diver might be thinking. (Located here)  I added what I thought was a funny line in between my 8am and 12pm class yesterday and thought nothing of it.  (“After a dive like that, they’ll have to change the name of this place from “Wadi Shab” to “What-a-Dive””)  Imagine my surprise hours later when I checked facebook, to see the following comment, “Congrats to Andrew Dale Brown can you please email us your contact details studio@radiomerge.fm”.  I couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t believe it, even after going down to the studio today and meeting up with the whole Merge gang (minus Sami unfortunately) which was a blast.

I’m not that familiar with the different blackberry models out there so I was wondering just what I was going to get when I opened the box.

Wow! What a beauty!

Great features on this phone! I love the keyboard and touchscreen.  It comes with a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus (new feature) and it even takes some pretty decent video!  This gadget is so sweet that I’m thinking of getting one for the wife even though she says she doesn’t need one.

I was in Muscat City Centre this evening anyway at Nawas to find out how to get internet on the phone (and at the Omantel desk for another big headache regarding my bill…That’s a whole other blog post coming…) so I took a quick peek in E-Max to see what one of these things cost.

Wow! That’s a value of at least $440 US!  Thanks again, Merge, and Thank You, Lord!

At a time when Nawras is selling the iphone 5 for 499 rials, I couldn’t be happier with my Blackberry!  I got this thing hooked up to the internet through Nawras for 2 rials/week (for 300 MB) by sending the text “BB7″ to “80050”. It’s 9 OR for a monthly subscription by texting “BB30″ to the same number.  Blackberry owners with an Omantel SIM card in the Sultanate can hook up for 7 days for 2 rials or 30 days for 8.9 rials.  They save 100 baisas (or about 25 cents, US) more than Nawras SIM card owners, haha! To subscribe for Omantel, send an SMS with “Blackberry” or “BB” to 90891.  The awesome thing is that it’s prepaid and no need to subscribe and all that nonsense!

On-line and doing fine! :-)

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12 responses to “Still Can’t Believe I Won a Blackberry Bold 9790!

  1. awesome win Andy. Congrats again!

  2. Andy. Congratulations

  3. Awesome! Congratsss :-)
    i have a blackberry too. I love BB

    • Hi, Mimi! That’s cool that you have a blackberry as well. What model? Maybe you can give me a hint on how to get blackberry apps as my phone keeps giving me the message that “Blackberry App World is unavailable in your country”.

      • Mine is bb curve. Its a bit old. You just have to activate the bb service. lets exchange pins when you activate it ;-)

        • Hi, Mimi!
          The curve is pretty decent. One of my friends has one and it looks almost identical to the Blackberry Bold. Not sure what this “pin thing” is. The only pin I know of is the pin number is asks for when I power it up!

  4. Try attaching by tethering to a device with VPN already installed.

  5. Hey Andy, that is cool! I won a Blackberry at the last MWF conference in March….I can understand your excitement. We should exchange PIN nos. See you at Church.

    • Hi Vanita!
      That really is cool that you won a Blackberry from MWF! You’ll have to tell me more about “exchanging pins” as you’re the 2nd to tell me that and I haven’t the foggiest idea of what that even means! :-(

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