Monday, December 22, 2008

It's All Good

Mazoon Mobile's logo and slogan [link].

According to Wikipedia, the shaka or "hang loose" hand sign is:

associated with Hawaii and sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, skateboarding, skimboarding, snowboarding and skydiving. It consists of extending the thumb and pinky finger while keeping the three middle fingers curled, and raising the hand as in salutation with the back of the hand facing the person that is being greeted; sometimes the hand is rotated back and forth to emphasize the sign.

Hawaiian locals use the shaka for various meanings, like "all right", "cool", "smooth", etc. Residents of states other than Hawaii who use the shaka may describe it as meaning "hang loose" and in California, the symbol itself is more commonly called the "hang loose" sign rather than the "Shaka" sign. It is also used to convey what locals in Hawai'i call the "Aloha Spirit," a gesture of friendship and understanding between the various ethnic cultures that reside within Hawai'i. It can also be used to signal a "hello", "goodbye", " 'till next time", "take care", "Alright!"

All good, but what does it have to do with a company named Mazoon, the ancient name of Oman? I'm guessing that maybe locally that hand sign probably looks like a phone and it means "call me"?


Petite For Life said...

Thanks for the information, but I think it means ‘phone call’

Anonymous said...

Yep-I think you’re right, it’s the stand-up-comics phone, if needed during a gag, but what an unattractive hand and puce colour.

Kishor Cariappa said...

Their website says “cost effective service”…how will they manage that with big brother TRA around will be interesting. I heard out of 5 resellers, two have dropped out. Is that true?

muscati said...

Kishore, from an interview with Mohd Wahaibi in Comm magazine, while I will link in my next post:

At the end of October it was confirmed that Friendi Mobile and Majan Telecom (also known as Reena) were the first two licensees to be awarded reseller licences by Oman Mobile.

“We have gone a long way into these negotiations with the licensees. But we will not be able to carry all of them,” Al-Wohaibi states.

Meanwhile, Nawras’ chief executive Ross Cormack confirmed to Comm. that the second mobile operator has not reached an agreement with any of the resellers as no “win-win proposition” had yet been presented.

So, you have Friendi and Renna already signed up with Oman Mobile. Mazoon is acting like it is confident of signing a resale agreement. And Nawras says it's not going to play the resale to MVNOs game. Thus the remaining two have no luck and have to drop out regardless if they were having other problems or not.

Kishor Cariappa said...

Thanks for the info.

Kay said...

Mazoon College, Mazoon Electricity Company, Mazoon Mobile. . . . And the list goes on....

a7MeDiNo said...

It's also done by Ronaldinho :p

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