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“Texting” SMS messages is the number one hobby in Saudi Arabia, from funny sexual jokes to cheesy love messages! Those are the type of messages that take most memory space in Saudis’ cellphones.  By coming up with phones that have their own mini keyboard such as the all-astonishingly amazing Blackberry, messages that used to take half and hour to type, now takes 3 seconds to type and hit send.  The best sound of melody that any Saudi will enjoy is the sound of their phone’s ringtone when they receive a random message.  It is like receiving a gift on your birthday, you don’t know what it’s going to be… hoping it will be something worth your excitement!

In 1994, the telecommunications industry came up with a new technology called “Bluetooth”.  Bluetooth technology took SMS messages to a new level; and for Saudis,  it changed the perception of data transformation and it took Saudi Arabia by storm.  For many Saudis, a phone with no Bluetooth (which is impossible to find one nowadays), is like a car in Saudi with no A/C.

We might be heading into an era where people don’t speak or it seems as though they have forgotten how to speak directly with each other and start communicating with text messages and some weird symbols!

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samsung-sgh-p180 People who think that women are the only one who talk for hours and hours on the phone are mistaken. In Saudi, men and women compete when it comes to talking on the phone, it’s like  telecommunication companies will hand prizes to those consume the most minutes. From friends to family to lovers, nowadays Saudis are all wired.

For those people who talk too much on the phone, of course one cell phone is not enough. The average Saudi has at least three cell phones plus the telephone at home. Don’t be surprised if you saw a Saudi talking on the phone, text messaging with the other, and checking messages with the third phone. Family reunion became like telemarketer’s office; every one is on the phone and no one wants to speak with each other in person, or maybe they are but through their cell phones even if they are located in the same house!

With Bluetooth head set, Saudis will be on the phone 24/7, and it will not help if  a man wears Bluetooth head seat with his traditional head cover (Shumagg), hiding his ear pieace under it, people will think that he is talking to them. I can see it happen!

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