UAE’s Etisalat Provides Free iPhones, Samsung or Nokia Phones For BlackBerry Subscribers

3 Aug, 2010

Following UAE’s decision to ban BlackBerry Messenger, email and web browsing, Etisalat the #1 telecom and mobile operator in United Arab Emirates  (UAE) and is owned by the government,  announced an alternative replacement offer to blackberry (BB) subscribers on or before 31 July 2010.

The offer located at Etisalat BlackBerry Alternative webpage offers free minutes, SMS and data package to current BB subscribers with 12 month contract, along with free phones one of the following:

iPhone, Nokia E72, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, Nokia E66, Sony Ericsson Vivaz Nokia N900, Nokia N97, Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro, Sony Ericsson Satio,Samsung Wave, Samsung Galaxy S.

We do not know what iPhone model will be provided.

There are around 500,000 BlackBerry subscribers in UAE. The BB ban will take effect on the 11th of October.

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  1. Rasha Mahmoud  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 2:18 PM #

    If you want an iphone you would have bought an iphone , but the point is that BB users bought BB because they love it (and most of the time they catually hate iphone) and love its services which are not present in other phones. For me the most important service is the e-mail and I’m sure its the same for many other business owners how is etisalat going to solve this.
    It’s like fooling the users by telling them: hey we will give you free SMS,MMS,Minutes… blah blah blah, and even a free iphone, so that they will not demand their right in having their own privacy

  2. Bashar Al-Abdulhadi  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 4:12 PM #

    TRA owns etisalat, really unfair for DU IMO

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