Etisalat starts pre-orders for iPhone 5 from Dec 9 sans LTE

By on December 7, 2012
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Confirms pricing and availability on the 13th of December.

It’s the news many of us have been waiting for. While Apple announced the availability of the iPhone 5 in most of the GCC countries for December 14th, we now have official confirmation from the largest telco in the UAE.

Etisalat announced today that pre-orders for iPhone 5 through their website will start on the 9th of December which is a Sunday. You will be able to pre-order the device in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities along with prepaid or post-paid plans. Unfortunately it seems that LTE might not make it at launch as the press release states 3G HSPA+ connectivity on these devices which we know are LTE capable. Etisalat has also revealed the pricing for iPhone 5 that starts at AED 2749 for 16GB, 3149 for 32GB and 3549 for 64GB. Press release follows after the images.

Press Release

The highly anticipated iPhone 5 is now available for pre-order through Etisalat’s website, starting 9 December 2012. Etisalat offers value-packed prepaid and postpaid package options on all three new iPhone 5 devices – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Khaled ElKhouly, Chief Marketing Officer at Etisalat, confirmed availability of the iPhone 5 in the UAE from 13 December 2012 onwards. “The new iPhone 5 has been much-awaited across the region and we understand the enthusiasm of our customers to own a piece of the action. We assure customers that the features of the iPhone 5 device, combined with Etisalat’s wide 3G network in the UAE, will provide an exceptional user experience,” said ElKhouly.

For both pre-paid and post-paid customers, the new iPhone 5 is priced at AED 2749 for 16GB, AED 3149 for 32GB and AED 3549 for 64GB devices. Starting 9 December, customers can pre-order the iPhone 5 with their choice of Etisalat’s attractive pre-paid or post-paid plans, using their credit card, by logging on to Etisalat’s website ‘’.

Etisalat’s customers buying the new iPhone 5 will enjoy an enhanced mobile data experience offered on the nation’s widest 3G HSPA+ network. Etisalat’s HSPA+ network covers more than 99% of the country’s populated areas and supports Internet speeds of up to 42Mbps. It allows customers to enjoy speed-demanding apps such as video-streaming, networked gaming, browsing and much more.

Apple’s all new iPhone 5 has a larger display, a faster chip, ultrafast wireless technology and an 8MP iSight camera that shoots 1080p HD video. It sports a 4-inch Retina display that lets you see larger, vivid and lifelike images. With support for the latest wireless technologies, iPhone 5 connects to more networks all over the world. The all-new Apple-designed A6 chip in iPhone 5 is powerful with an outstanding battery life. Its CPU and graphic performance is twice as fast as the A5 chip.


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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