There was this weird debate on my Whatsapp group about which telco cellular operator is the best for KAUST residents (and probably anyone living in Saudi in general). I ended up doing a free promotion for Jawwy in that group. Since the information might be useful for fellow KAUSTians and maybe expats in Saudi, I decided to list the details about Jawwy here.
For me personally, I once received a Mobily business SIM card from KAUST, but I don’t really like it because the cheapest data package available is 2 GB for 60 SAR – and if you spend most of your time inside KAUST you won’t need that many data because of the ubiquitous iCampus wifi access point. Since I occassionally leave campus for Umra or shopping in Jeddah, I need something cheaper.
I found out about Jawwy, a part of STC – the major telco company in Saudi – from a Facebook ad. Yes, Facebook ad is actually helpful for once.
Anyway, just to keep this post short, the main advantages of Jawwy which I have experienced so far:
- Cheap. The basic package is only 20 SAR per month, which gives you 500 MB of data and 50 minutes of call time. Most of the time it’s enough for a KAUST student like me.
- Flexible plan. If I run out of data in the middle of my plan, I can just upgrade my plan on the go using the Jawwy app. The reverse is also possible, where if you start with more data plan but ended up having unused quota, you can just downgrade and refund the difference.
- It’s linked to credit cards, making payment really easy. One of my major annoyance with mobily is the need to buy recharge vouchers, which is not always available in Tamimi.
- Promos and addons. If you use 50 SAR plans and above, you get unlimited social media data usage. If you don’t feel like upgrading your plan when you run out of data, you can get a 10 SAR addon that gives you 1 GB for a week. Roaming works well -tried in in San Francisco – and 100 SAR gives you 2 GB for a week. Currently they’re still trying to attract more users so there are lots of promos going on.
Ordering the SIM card is easy. You can go to http://www.jawwy.sa and buy the sim card online. If you have existing phone number, you can transfer your old number to Jawwy to skip the hassle with changing phone number. Note that this doesn’t work with business accounts. It will be delivered to your house within 2 business days, and in case of KAUST residents you need to go to the visitor parking lot in gate 3 for fingerprint and signature.