iPhone 4 price plans: Etisalat vs du

By on September 26, 2010
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Who to choose between Etisalat and Du to get your iPhone 4?

So the iPhone 4 launched in UAE yesterday, with both the telecom operators providing some exciting plans for customers. Today I’m just going to look into what options are provided by both du and Etisalat and which one provides better value for money and suitable for people with different needs.


Basically du doesn’t provide any subsidized plans for the iPhone 4; you pay the full price of the unlocked phone upfront, and then apply for any of their postpaid packages or get a prepaid sim card. While I won’t go in depth about their prepaid packages and various benefit schemes, I will talk a little about their Elite plans (postpaid subscriptions).

Since the iPhone 4 isn’t subsidized, du offers a lot more rewards in return for the larger (than their competitor’s) upfront fee for the headset. The 16GB iPhone 4 will cost you AED 2,449 and 32GB for AED 2,849. Speaking of which, here’s the lowdown on du’s price plans.

*Fair usage policy of 10GB per month applies.

**For customers subscribing to a Regular Elite Plan with an iPhone 4, a subscription to Elite Super 100 or a minimum commitment of AED 100 per month is required. The Standard Elite plan costs AED 25 per month (55 minutes national calls, 55 national SMS and 5MB of data), so you will need to spend at least AED 100 per month on that plan to be eligible for the free 1GB of data per month.

If you’re not one to spend a whole lot on phone calls every month, then the Elite Super 100 plan is the best of the bunch. You get 100 minutes of national calls, 100 minutes of international calls, 100 SMS (50 national + 50 international) and 100MB of data, plus an additional 1GB of data per month free for purchasing an iPhone 4 from du. Of course, this is a yearly contract, so what plans du comes out with in a year’s time, I can’t say for sure. However, at least for this one year, your brand spanking new iPhone 4 will be set for all round usage, and honestly, a 1.1GB data package per month is more than enough for regular data usage (checking emails, browsing the net, downloading apps and games via App Store and checking out the occasional YouTube video).

Of course, if you’re a heavy user, then any of the top 3 plans will work out nicely for you, depending on how deep your pockets are and how long your phone calls go on for.

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  • Henry

    Etisalat FTW.

  • http://twitter.com/AymanJundi @AymanJundi

    Du seems to offer the right not to be in any package making the whole cost 2450 for the 16GB

  • Bob

    Buy the iPhone from outside the region ( so that its not crippled by one of these so-called "Telecoms Giants" and then take the Du package

  • lee

    IS the iphone 4 locked or unlocked. Earlier Etisalat was providing locked phones.

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  • Stam

    Another thing to consider is that Du bills per second. So those "minutes" every month would actually result in more calls compared to etisalat. It does seem though that etisalat has the sweeter deal with their Option 2 :)

  • Abdou

    note that you can subscribe on etisalat plan 2 and 3 only if you have a post paid number/ land line or internet subscription for more than 6 month and it has to be on your name,

  • Hungama

    can’t get a iphone 4 anywhere? must be sold on the black market?

    • Joelouis

      yes it is awailable in Meena Bazar-Dubai

  • Shihabka

    can we put the Etisalat or other sim card(we go to other countries) in this iphone 4 provided by du?

    • Joelouis

      all micro sim will work with this Iphone

  • Steven

    If i buy i phone4 from etisalat ,after can i cancel that contract between etisalat and me at the same day.It’s possible or not?After that we can use that handset anywhere?Pls reply to me!

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      I think the contract with Etisalat lasts for one year and cannot be canceled. I maybe wrong about that. What I know for sure is that the iPhone 4 from Etisalat is unlocked and can be used with any other sim.

      • uvaisefrndz

        Iphone 4 from etisalat can be cancelled after 3 month with a fine of 300AED….!! both Du and Etisalat are unlocked and can be used in india and all other country but you have to change the sim to small one,

        • reee

          u can do it your self and its completely easy u just have to measure it with the sim inserter and you can easily cut it with sharp

  • Mark O13

    just curious. in that 100 aed per month, do i need to pay a downpayment or something like that ?

    • Joelouis

      yes upfront charges will be applicable

  • Crystal-6677

    How is Iphone 4s?

  • Firzannazim

    uf u buy a iphone from etisalat can i use skype call thro data package

  • Firzannazim

    can anyone help me telling me wether skype call can be made thro etisalat data package with a iphone

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