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25,000 Saudi iPhone subscribers within hours of launch

Mobily reveals big uptake of Apple's three-in-one phone throughout kingdom.

Saudi mobile operator Mobily notched up 25,000 subscribers within hours of its launch of Apple’s iPhone 3G in the kingdom.

“In just a few hours of launch the number of walk-in customers and those who applied online reached 25,000,” said Ali S Al-Dakhee, Mobily’s youth segment manager in comments published by Saudi Gazette on Monday.

Now available at 500 sales outlets of Mobily and affiliates around the kingdom, as well as in the UAE through Etisalat, the iPhone 3G combines a phone, widescreen iPod and internet device.

The phone comes packaged with pre and post-paid Mobily subscription plans.

An 8GB post-paid subscription is priced at SR2,255 ($601), 16GB at SR2,650, with a monthly fee of SR99. The pre-paid prices are SR2,400 for 8 GB and SR2,800 for 16GB.

However, the device does not allow users to send or read text messages in Arabic and the web browser does not render Arabic text properly.

These would be rectified and introduced within three months, said a spokesperson of Mobily, the Saudi affiliate of Etisalat.

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