Comparing Etisalat and du Blackberry replacement packages

By on August 15, 2010
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We look at the replacement data plans for Blackberry users and select the best ones.


If you are on a Unlimited Global/Roaming data plan, then things don’t look as good for you.

Etisalat BES/BIS Unlimited Global subscribers
At Etisalat, your bill goes down from 295 per month to 260 per month and although you et unlimited local data, 800 local and 200 international SMS/MMS messages, you only get 10MB of international data per month which is barely enough for a week’s worth of emails. Forget browsing or using youtube on 3G while abroad.

du Unlimited international BlackBerry Service subscribers
With du, you can sign a 12 month contract and reduce your package price from AED 260 to AED 130. This gives you unlimited local data as well as 800 local and 200 international SMS messages. Data roaming is double of what Etisalat provides at 20MB per month which is probably enough for a little bit of emailing and tweeting but again, no browsing or watching youtube videos over 3G.

Our recommendation
Between Etisalat and du, we don’t think either one offers a good replacement package for the unlimited roaming data package for the BlackBerry. However, du does offers a better plan than Etisalat with double the international data at half the price. Roaming charges on du are AED 1 for 50kb of data which equates to AED 20 per MB of data.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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  • RP

    What would be the replacement phone models on offer?

  • swhite

    what if you weren't on a blackberry package? can you now sign up to these new packages? and do they work with samsung/iphones?

    • Abbas Jaffar Ali

      From what we know, you need to be a BB subscriber to get these deals. Also, they are supposedly going to be available form 1st of Sept.

  • Yousef

    for Etisalat blackberry unLimited Global subscribers no replacement for cause the new offer only 10MB !!! roaming it is nothing. this is cheating if etisalat/du can not offer roaming revice outside UAE then they should stay with blackberry.

  • Muhammad Umer Javaid

    bis for unlimted i hv been billed 450 plus stiill dont know y . when its name is unlimted for data plan

  • Muhammad Umer Javaid

    bis for unlimted i hv been billed 450 plus stiill dont know y . when its name is unlimted for data plan

  • Omar Sikander

     Etisalat does not have this offer for blackberry 

    i called them three times to inquire . they said have something like that for ophone 
    but not for blackberry 12 month plan !!! 

  • court

    bullshit ………….i tried many times……….dnt trust them

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