Etisalat vs Du – Mobile and Internet Packages

By on September 7, 2011
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You’ll be surprised with what you find.

Given that UAE has only two telecom operators, the choice people have here may not seem much at first glance, especially since the TRA owns a large percentage in both these companies. However, dig a little deeper and you’ll find great value products suitable to your lifestyle.

Today I’ll be looking at mobile and broadband internet packages provided for home consumers by both Etisalat and Du. Let me get this out of the way first: I’m not looking at special offers, bonus packages and add-ons. When you get into those, especially bonus offers for mobile packages (such as extra credit on incoming calls from Du). The same goes for the TV packages in the broadband bundles; I won’t be looking at what TV channels (HD, 3D or otherwise) are available as part of the deal. All I’m looking at are the prices and basic services provided to give you guys an idea of which telecom operator provides better value for money.

I’ll start off this comparison with Mobile packages. Both telecom operators provide a huge variety of packages to suit individual needs and budgets. There are many subsidized handsets available as well, depending on data plan and special offers you choose from both Etisalat and Du which you can check out.

Before I begin though, I would like to remind everyone that Du charges local and international calls by the second, unlike Etisalat where a full minute’s rate is charged as soon as the new minute starts. Depending on how you make your calls daily, this can be a huge money saver for a lot of people. So keep that in mind.

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Comments
  • Anonymous

    Great article, but you forgot to include Mobile Data Packages (which is very much used by anyone with smartphone/laptop on the move).

    Another thing, the TRA doesn’t own “a chunk” (either small or large) of the carrier’s, they regulate them and others (like Yahsat,Nida). You need to do a bit more research in that bit.Check how regulators work in other countries.

  • 7381

    Du Broadband Packages RULES!!!

  • Delfo!

    i’m not pro Etisalat but you should also provide the upload link speed in which Du actually have only half the speed of Etisalat. If Etisalat provides 8mbps for download and 1mbps for upload speed, Du offers 8mbps for download and 512kbps for upload speed.

    now decide which one will satisfy you… 

  • Delfo!

    i’m not pro Etisalat but you should also provide the upload link speed in which Du actually have only half the speed of Etisalat. If Etisalat provides 8mbps for download and 1mbps for upload speed, Du offers 8mbps for download and 512kbps for upload speed.

    now decide which one will satisfy you… 

  • 7381

    @fef9c9711a8281ea1d12ddcfb7853937:disqus 
    where did you get that info? but let’s just say what you said is true. after seeing the figures above

    ETISALAT = 8Mbps/1mbps = 299
    vs
    DU = 16Mbps/ ??? — (I guess this is higher than 512Kbps^^) = 295

    DU is way more faster and way more cheaper than etisalat!!! wherever you look at it DU rocks!!!

    I think etisalat should do something they are so so far behind.

  • Mansoor

    du upload is 1mbps and excellent post taimoor

  • Mansoor

    du upload is 1mbps and excellent post taimoor

  • 3r534

    when will du broadband be available in sharjah -.-

  • Lol

    Local and mobile calls on Du and Etisalat on the broadband bundles are slightly trickier.

    Du
    Local calls (within the same emirate except for Jebel Ali and Hatta when calling within Dubai): 18 fils per minute
    Mobile calls: 36 fils per minute

    Etisalat
    Local calls (same limitation as Du): varies from 5 to 24 fils per minute (see Etisalat website for more details from your emirate)
    Mobile calls: 30 fils per minute

    Probably not a big deal, but it may or may not have quite an impact on your bill, depending on your calling habits.

  • Lgoptimusp503

    Well your article is excellent. You should add anothert flavour to this by conducting a test on he Bandwidth issue related to Etl & Du.

    Etisalat’s Elife is a miserable life with net. As Speed is a headache & add to that lateny issues & gaming issues. Which would never end.

    Etisalat’s Business One 512Kbps has a better latency than 16MB at home.Check this out & do some test on Du

  • Firsou

    Great article. I must say though, that the difference in Internet packages for the 24MB Du package might be because of the upload speeds. Du provides much better upload speeds than etisalat, and for avid gamers such as me, it’s very important so I can upload content on youtube and such :) Same goes for torrents, and other file-sharing networks !

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