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Posted On: 21 November 2008 04:31 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

A phone number worth QR7.5m

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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n easy-to-remember mobile phone number — 6000000 — was sold for QR7.5m ($2.06m) during an auction organised by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) on Wednesday. The auction, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, was attended by a large number of people, mainly businessmen, who fancy owning easy-to-remember and unique numbers. As many as 51 mobile phone numbers beginning with the digit six were offered for sale at the auction, according to a local Arabic daily. The Subscriber Identity Module card for the number was handed over in a ceremony to the successful bidder, a national who requested his identity not be disclosed. The number 6000002 attracted the second-highest bid of QR3.3m. Several such auctions have been held by Qtel. The most notable was the auction held in May 2006, when the mobile phone number 6666666 was sold for QR10m ($2.75m), setting a world record for the most expensive mobile phone number. Funds collected from such auctions are donated to local charities. The Pen