Du announces deal to bring new iPhone to UAE
du beats Etisalat to be first operator in UAE to offer Apple's iPhone 3GS
du announced on Friday that it would be making the new iPhone 3GS mobile phone available in the UAE by the end of October.
The operator will be the first to offer the latest version of the iPhone in the UAE, beating rival Etisalat to bring the popular handset to the UAE market.
Etisalat's web site on Friday said that the company will launch iPhone 3GS "soon" and offered an SMS pre-booking service, but no launch date was available.
The announcement from the telecom company comes two days before the start of GITEX, the region's largest technology show, which is being held in Dubai.
The new iPhone 3GS has added features such as a compass and a 32GB memory. Etisalat stated that there are now more than 200,000 BlackBerry users and that it has more than 30,000 iPhone subscribers.
"du and Apple have reached an agreement to bring iPhone to the UAE by the end of October," Du said in a statement, adding that it still did not know how much the units would cost.
The company added that from 17th October, its customers could pre-book their iPhone. Customers can pre-book their iPhone online at http://shop.du.ae/iphone, in any du or Axiom shop or at any authorized retail outlet across the UAE.