WeChat App.

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WeChat App is one of the best program to make calls and chats through Smartphones and Tablets using mobile Data. It is good for people in some countries where other major messengers like Skype, Whatsapp, Snapchat are blocked or banned by the authorities.   This call App can supports people who are with slow internet connections. In Countries like Saudi Arabia and China popular social media Apps are blocked by Governments.

Recently Twitter announced its light App for to support people in Philippines where internet speed is not faster in most of the country. Like wise WeChat is very popular in the Arab countries where lot of Governments had blocked their local Smartphone users from accessing Viber and Skype like programs. The WeChat don’t have any problem working in these countries. If you are going to work or visit in these countries install this app before you reach there.

On the other hand Skype provides best Video calling facility through their app for making Skype to Skype video calls. Some time on the 3G network you may have trouble in connecting with your friends through this popular Apps as this service is best suited for 4G LTE network connected devices. In this case you must try this WeChat App through your device. This App can work on iOS, Android, Windows, Symbian and BlackBerry operating system from any part of the world through the internet.

WeChat Moments.

As per WeChat “Share on Moments.  On Moments, you can share your life’s favorite experiences using photos or videos with your friends, and also see your friends’ Moments at any time. Let’s share on Moments.” As per the creators “WeChat is a messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family and friends across countries. It’s the all-in-one communications app for text (SMS/MMS), voice and video calls, Moments, photo sharing, and games.”
WeChat App last updated: February 25, 2022
In App Purchase Available from LK Rs 260/- per each item.
Current Version:  WeChat V8.0.15

Currently one Billion people are using the WeChat App world wide.

Multimedia Messaging for to send video, photo, text, and voice messages.
Group calls and chats.Create group chats with up to 500 people and group video calls up to 9 people.
High-quality free video and voice calls to anywhere in the world.
Allows to make calls to landlines and mobile around the globe at low rates (in certain regions only).
Hundreds of free, fun, animated stickers are available to express your feelings from some of your favorite cartoons and movies.

WeChat Members.

Members can share your best moments on their personal photo stream.
WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It’s the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.

Friend Finder.

Use the “Friend Radar” facility to find “People Nearby” and “Shake” to meet others.
You can use real-time location sharing.
Localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language.
Desktop app, custom wallpapers, custom notifications, and Official Accounts too are available..
The Application works very well with Smartphones,Tablets and other hand held devices.
Take not that the WeChat works over your phone’s current data plan or through available Wi-Fi connection.
Using your data plan may start your carrier to bill for the bandwidth that you had used while using through the WiFi connection is absolutely free.
Get more information from the App makers. http://www.wechat.com/en/
iOS – iTunes.

Google Play.

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Missed Calls and Unknown Calls.

missed calls

Missed calls and unknown calls used to happen in your homes and offices through Mobile phones and land line phones.. Never call back unknown phone numbers specially the calls with foreign number.  Some Sri Lanka people used to place missed calls to their friends and wait for them to call back, as they don’t want to spend money on their phone calls. And they expect their friends to call them back, so they don’t need to spend any money. This is familiar event to many people and most of the people ignore those missed calls. These missed call placing people may don’t know about the SMS text message facility that costs very few cents. It will cost them just 14 cents only for their 120 character message.

Mean while in the night time Sri Lanka people used to receive missed calls from foreign countries to their mobile phones and land line phones. Most of these calls originate from Caribbean countries and Africa Region. Actually this is a trap to make you to call back  the callers “Premium Phone Number”. Most of the people don’t want to lose their overseas calls. So they try to call this number in return. Calling this number will make you to get high priced monthly phone bill for your land line. Because you have to pay a premium amount that is above the cost of a normal telephone calls. Additionally you can’t complain against this to your phone company as you had really made that high priced premium number calls.

Moreover lots of calls were made for to get connected to the missed calls. So don’t make calls back to these numbers as some individuals and companies joined hand to make money through this scam from unsuspecting people.

Missed calls and unknown calls.

TRC Warns About Unknown Calls. “We have received a fair number of complaints from telephone subscribers in Sri Lanka, of missed calls received from unknown international party. When subscribers returned the calls, the call charge for such calls have been excessive more than the normal call charges.

Some groups from certain countries are misleading in this manner to induce local subscribers to return such calls.
Furthermore, since interconnection charges for International calls are high, call charges for such calls by their nature are more.
We have made inquiries from telephone services providers in Sri Lanka and their responses were as follows: Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd. Informed TRCSL that similar acts had happened previously and actions have been taken to block these number series before this event.

Sri Lanka Mobile Phone users.

Dialog Axiata PLC informed TRCSL that on receiving customer complaints, immediate steps were taken to block such international numbers. Mobile phone carriers like, Hutch, Airtel and Mobitel stated that they had not received many complaints from their subscribers, of such calls.

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka hereby notify all telephone subscribers in Sri Lanka.
Refrain from redialing calls to such unknown telephone numbers.

Source:http://www.trc.gov.lk/unknown-calls.html

Sri Lanka Telecom Advice their Clients on
“How to Handle Nuisance Calls?

Remain calm and do not respond in any way to the caller.
Do not enter into a conversation and especially do not reveal any personal information about yourself or your household.

When the caller phones you repeatedly, do not speak first; genuine callers will identify themselves.
If you have the Caller Line Identification (CLI) facility on your phone, note down the caller’s number, date & time of the call for future reference. If the problem persists, contact your Regional Telecom Office. SLT will make every effort to assist you and take measures to stop this social menace.

TRC warns public on false SMS and nuisance calls.

“TRC announced that making personal, defamatory, or hate statements using telecommunication system or social media (face book, twitter) or sending SMS with false information or making misleading telephone calls is a punishable offense.

Sending someone an indecent, obscene, rebellious, prurient, threatening, extremely unpleasant messages or giving telephone calls to cause distress or annoyance without any valid reason is an offense under Sri Lanka Telecommunication Act No. 25 of 1991.

The offenders if found guilty are liable for a penalty of not exceeding Rs. 5,000 and, in default of payment of such fine, to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding six months, a senior official of the TRC told Business Times.”
Source: http://www.slt.lk/en/contact-us/call-center-services

More reading.
Be warned of the ‘One Ring Scam’.

Foreign phone call scam: SLT, TRC to get to the bottom of it.

Haier Phone.

International SIM Cards

PC Calling

International SIM Cards are made for people who used to travel to many parts of the world in quick time. Businessmen, Tourists and Students used to travel overseas should take their Smartphone or Tablet with them. And can use any of the available International SIM card to be  connected with their loved ones. This is a best option to cut their phone call charges and data connection fees.

International SIM Cards vs Phonecard.

International SIM Cards are far better than your phonecards as they are always within your Smartphone. Any time you can make calls or can receive phone calls. it is very simple to check your current balance. With the phonecard you will need a public phone to check your balance. Will need a public phone to make your call with your phonecard. Recharging the SIM card is very easy. You will have the list of contacts and easy to call them with just a click.

In a foreign country using your own country SIM cards for calling plans, SMS text messages and for Data plan will be an expensive one.  International SIM card is good option or to have your SIM card that you can purchase in the visiting country.

How to obtain International SIM card.

1. Buy a suitable SIM card in the country where you are visiting. Some country law may require you to provide a copy of your Identity paper like passport along with a photo of yourself.
2 .Buy an international SIM from your home country before you start your travel.This can be purchased through the internet. It can be a Nano, Mini, Standard SIM card or an E-SIM.

SIM Card Sellers.

RebelFone is one of the leading SIM card provider and has introduced country specific SIM cards that can work on GSM networks. Sorry they don’t offer Nano SIM cards so far. Those who want to travel a country just had to order the required country SIM card from them and can place it in their mobile phone and use it with the local number at affordable rate. They not only offer this SIM also they offer to rent you a mobile phone too.

This SIM card rental offers many advantages than from the other mobile phone carriers. Like all the other roaming SIM cards, Rebelfone’s rental SIM can works with unlocked GSM phones.

The SIM will come with an instruction booklet with the phone number and PIN printed in the front. Once you insert the SIM into a mobile phone and the phone will automatically set itself up with the right APN for data services. Online customer support is available 24/7. The SIM is actually works as a local SIM. So you will have a local phone number and you can start straight dialing.

If you are traveling to any of these countries or many of the countries then it is necessary to rent out the SIM card from them to get more benefit from the mobile phone usage.

Here are the countries that the RebelFone SIM can be used.

USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel. And  Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and UAE. It comes with Zero Cost option for UK and Vietnam.

If you are visiting Sri Lanka for a short trip, it is better to use one of the Sri Lanka SIM card that are available for sale in the country. Insert this in to your Smartphone and activate it. You can enjoy cheapest call plans and data plans that are available for local people.

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Calls From Africa

DID Calls

Calls from Africa are now originating mostly through the Smartphones than the cellular phones or land lines. These calls to USA, Canada, Australia and to Europe are made by the African people use their IM Apps that are enabled through Viber, Skype, WhatsApp and through other cheaper programs. It is very interesting to see that lot of calls are made between the UK and African countries regularly. As the regular calls through the IDD method is very expensive for the Africa region people. They mostly depend on free IM calls or use cheap priced VoIP phone calls through the call shop agents. Smartphone users in Africa can make calls through their Mobile data plan by connecting to their carrier. Interestingly most of the Africa customers experience drop calls and interrupted calls due to poor services.

Still many people depend on the traditional cell phone to send and receive SMS text messages as they are very cheap. In the Africa region everybody is familiar with these type of communication between friends and families. but they don’t use Text messages to communicate as it is little expensive while they are not sure about the delivery of their message.

Africa Calls.

In some African countries local people are familiar with the missed calls and they have meaning for the number of rings meaning to them from the caller. These rings number may have different meaning of messages between selected people. In this way they used to save lot of money from their regular phone calls between family members and friends.

Mobile Phone Usage in Africa.

Most of the rich people have Smartphones. But lot of people have simple mobile phone. And they knoe how to use it economically. These phones helps them to send SMS to their homes and business parties. And they use it for money transactions between banks and with their business community.

There are plenty of free and cheap phone call providers for the countries in the Africa region. if you are uisng PC then use the Chrome browser as this browser supports nearly all the dialing soft phones.

How to make free international call through swww.poptox.com.
There are 3 steps to make free calls:
1. Open your web browser and go to www.poptox.com.
2. Enter the destination phone number using the dial pad.
3. Click on call.

Here most mobile phone carriers charge lot of money for IDD calls through the mobile phones rather than the land lines.

If you are a foreigner traveling to the Africa region always carry your satellite phone with you. Because due to unrest in many places cell phone towers are not used to work. Frequent power failure is another problem here.

Calls from Africa, Phone card.

Phone cards are provided by local mobile phone carriers and private phone companies. Don’t buy them in bulk. First check them  one by one to find the perfect phone card for your country or for the local calls.

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4G Connectivity Sri Lanka.

4G

4G connectivity in Sri Lanka is at its best. It is now available nearly all over the Island through Dialog.lk, Airtel.lk and with Mobitel.lk provider. The telecommunication market leader Dialog and Airtel.lk are providing 4G Facility to their customers and had seized 3G connectivity service.

Mobile phone carriers including Dialog, Mobitel, Airtel and Lanka Bell are offering the this connection to their customers. Most of the 4G enabled Smartphones that are being connected in Colombo have connected through this fastest Mobile phone connectivity. The device will display the 4G symbol in the top of the screen display. This latest Service is nearly covering all over the island. Those who want to have this fastest mobile connection must have a device that can work with this fast network. Before you try check whether you the have latest Smartphones and Tablets suitable for this network. Otherwise buy one capable Smartphone which are available at affordable price island wide from Smartphone sellers. Also you can buy these 4G enabled Smartphone along with 4G SIM card from your carrier at special price. Its sped is 10 times faster than the 3G internet connection.

Tourist 4G SIM Package, in Sri Lanka.

Tourist arriving to Sri Lanka for their Holidays get surprised when they hear such a small country is having 4G internet connection  at cheap price. It is far more cheap, if they buy their 4G Tourist SIM package at the Colombo airport. They can provide their passport and can collect the SIM card under US$ 20. Of course they must bring their  4G SIM enabled hand phones with them. Or can find such devices on daily rental basis.

If this fast connection is not available in any area while you are traveling, then the device will automatically change to 3G connectivity or to 2G Connectivity automatically. Once this connection is not available in any of the area or its coverage is good enough, the device automatically will change over to 4G connectivity.

Why the 4G Mobile LTE service is attracting more users in Sri Lanka?

You can watch flawless video even if you are on the move.
It will allow you to get Mobile HD streaming.
You can upload photo files very fast.
Your favorite websites will load faster
You can download songs faster even while you are on the move.
Download documents and presentations from cloud or emails in quick time to produce them.

Price: Check with your carrier for the  LTE SIM Card and monthly plan.
Also available mobile Router with monthly plan that is good for home Wi-Fi.

SLT LTE Broadband Hot Line 1212 1212 email :1212@sltnet.lk
Dialog

Lanka Bell

Mobitel

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