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iPhone launches in UAE and Saudi Arabia

Etisalat announces that the long-awaited iconic phone from Apple is now on sale.

The iPhone 3G has officially been launched in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Etisalat announced on Sunday.

Etisalat outlets and other selected retailers are now selling Apple’s iconic phone.

The 8GB version costs up to AED2,646 ($720) on a one-year contract with a AED199 ($54) monthly rental charge, and the 16GB costs up to AED3,090 ($841), also with a monthly rental fee of AED199, with the packages on both phones including 125 minutes of national calls a month, 125 texts and 500MB of data.

There are a range of tariffs available, but all the options lock the buyer into a minimum one-year contract.

The 8GB handset is available for free, for example, on a one-year contract with a monthly rental cost of AED643 ($175), which includes 500 minutes of national calls, 300 texts and 2000MB of data.

Meanwhile, customers can pay as little as AED375 ($102) for the 16GB handset on a monthly rental plan also costing AED643 for 500 minutes, 300 texts and 2000MB of data.

“iPhone is a perfect blend of advanced functionality and high performance and we are delighted to be one of the first operators in the region to offer this to our customers on the nation’s most advanced high speed network,” said Etisalat’s chief marketing officer, Essa Al Haddad.

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