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Etisalat: iPhones for BlackBerry customers who sign 12-month deal

But customers must sign a new 12-month deal to get a smartphone.

August 3, 2010 4:02 by

Etisalat has announced its alternative packages for BlackBerry subscribers, reports the National.

The replacement packages are on offer for those who subscribed to BlackBerry before July 31, says the paper, and consist of bundled SMS, MMS, data usage, along with free voice calls of up to 550 minutes a month. The alternative option will be a new, free smartphone – an offer which wil include the Apple iPhone – though this will be dependent on agreeing a new contract.

“The alternative we’re offering is up to ten times in value or normal rental changes, though some more, some less,” said Khalifa al Shamsi, the senior vice president of marketing.

The 12 replacement phones available are conditional on customers signing a new 12-month contract, but if the customer chooses to get a new smartphone, they will be allowed to keep their BlackBerry says the paper.

“These packages have been developed with the BlackBerry customer in mind,” said Ahmed bin Ali, the group senior vice president of corporate communication. “We have looked at which services they use most often, and have replaced them with comparable services from our wide portfolio.”

Only customers who choose to take the Unlimited Global package will be offered a free Apple iPhone. Those who sign up for a new lesser package but want an iPhone will be able to pay the difference in cost to upgrade, which could be between Dh500-1450. The option will include the iPhone 4 once it becomes available in September.

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  1. kinghunt on August 4, 2010 7:35 am

    Well to be Honest this is one of the biggest and fastest to responses i have seen from Etisalat, and offers look ” Very Good To be true”
    Thanks Etisalat

  2. Anand on August 6, 2010 7:42 am

    For people who travel often, am not sure these offers compare favourably. The clear advantage of the BB is unlimited email access when travelling – at no additional cost (the current global unlimited plan). All the alternate packages being offered currently offer only 10 (or 20) MB free when “roaming” after which data charges become prohibitively high. Not too cost effective for a frequent business traveller. Otherwise, this is certainly a very good reaction to the circumstances. Good show!


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