Cellular phone usage in the country of Algeria is huge. In 2005 there were already some 9 million subscribers and this number has no doubt kept increasing at a steady rate. Comparatively, there are only 2.3 million main line telephone users. Algeria's main cellular operators are Algeria Telecom/Mobilis (GSM 900), Orascom Telecom Algerie Spa Djezzy (GSM 900 & 1800), Wataniya Telecom Algeria/Nedjma (GSM 900 & 1800). GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communication and refers to a digital cellular phone standard. Interestingly, Orascom Telecom Algerie is the third biggest mobile operator in the Arab region with some 7.109 million subscribers by the end of 2005. Orascom also has the greatest coverage in Algeria.
One of the most popular cellular services throughout the world and in Algeria is SMS (Short Message Service). SMS is a quick and easy way to send text messages to other cellular users. It is even possible to send an SMS to Algeria via e-mail. A convenient feature of SMS is that even if the recipient’s cellular phone is off or out of range, the message will be stored by the network and delivered when possible. The popularity of cellular phone usage and SMS in Algeria is often due to the fact that it is less expensive than using standard landlines.
People worldwide are always in search of ways to save money. Several online companies have sprung up offering free SMS or SMS at a reduced rate. Advertising will usually be placed at the bottom of your message when using such a service. Be sure to read all the fine print in case of any hidden costs.