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?


Now it’s time to talk about what the oldest and (technically) biggest telecom operator in the country has on offer for Apple’s latest gadget. Unlike du, Etisalat will be subsidizing the iPhone 4, making it a lot easier for people to get their hands on one.

*As per fair usage policy up to 2GB

As you can see, Etisalat offers a range of different packages, going from affordable to ridiculously expensive; much like du. However, both the first two packages in 16GB and 32GB variants add up to about the same amount eventually. The deciding factor here is how much you can afford to pay upfront and monthly; based on that alone you can get an iPhone 4 for free (16GB, Option 2).

Notice that their “Fair Usage Data Policy” is limited to 2GB a month for the “Unlimited” data plan, compared to 10GB from du, but you would be really hard pressed to exceed your monthly mobile usage beyond 2GB, so that may not be a deciding factor at all.

While the high-end packages from both companies vary significantly in cost and benefits, I’ll just look at the standard package from both operators that can come as close as possible for an apples to apples comparison.

Both du and Etisalat have very solid offers, with the latter providing a bit more flexibility in terms of payments. At the end of the day though, you have to decide whether the 1,200 international minutes and 600 SMS’s are worth the extra AED 412 (Option 1). If you’d like to make calls and send messages to friends and family around the world, du is the obvious winner. However, if your social life revolves mostly in UAE, then go for Etisalat.

One last thing to keep in mind is that if you’re the one who would like to keep your mobile dealings completely in your own hands, then du also offers the iPhone 4 for your existing or new prepaid connection, while Etisalat only offers the iPhone 4 through a 1 year postpaid contract (you can get your existing prepaid number converted to postpaid). So depending on your budget and monthly usage, either telecom operator should have a nice deal for you.

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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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