Etisalat debuts Instant Messaging service

Telco claims Etisalat Messenger is similar to other popular IM applications such as Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk

Tags: Emirates Telecommunications CorporationUnited Arab Emirates
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By  Vineetha Menon Published  May 31, 2009

Etisalat has just launched its own IM (Instant Messaging) service for its mobile phone and internet customers.

Etisalat Messenger is similar to other popular chatting applications like Yahoo! Messenger, MSN and Google Talk, allowing subscribers to send messages in both Arabic and English between mobile phones and computers.

“Instant messaging is one of the most popular mediums that connect the youth today and with this value added service, Etisalat aims to target the young generation in the UAE. This service will be available through the mobiles now, making it far easier for our customers to connect with their friends and families," said Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat CMO.

Etisalat Messenger comes in two packages - Chat Plus Package provides unlimited use for an AED 25 per month flat rate, while Chat Package allows users to send and receive unlimited messages for a fixed period of 15 minutes at a cost of AED 2 per session.

Customers can register to Etisalat messenger services by calling 125 or by sending an SMS "r em chatplus" to 1010 for Chat Plus or "r em chat" to the same number for the Chat package. Subscribers will then receive an acknowledgement SMS containing a URL to download the IM software.

3547 days ago

TO - chat Posted by bb on 6 June 2009 at 12:10 UAE time No worries...what phone does your friends have? go over to and register an account. Yamigo is basically a server that lets you chat with your AOL, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo buddies on your phone using the single client. After you have registered your account; you will need to setup the options on your phone: here is what you need: Username: (your yamigo username and password) Password: Server: Internet Profile: your data account

3549 days ago

does not work for blackberry. my firneds dont have a blackberry so though this would be a good option. but does not work. what a waste

3552 days ago

MSN from microsoft on mobile charges you for data or you should be subscribed for data package and both would cost you more than the monthly subscription of Etisalat Messenger (AED 25).

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