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Etisalat announces BlackBerry replacement packages

Only customers on 12-month deals to receive replacement smartphones

Etisalat announces BlackBerry replacement packages
Etisalat has announced alternative packages for its BlackBerry subscribers.

Telecoms giant Etisalat on Tuesday announced the alternative packages available to its BlackBerry customers in the wake of the UAE's decision to ban the service.

All customers who have subscribed to Etisalat's BlackBerry services package on or before 31st July will be provided with a base package as default, the firm said on a statement on its website.

The base replacement package consists of bundled SMS, MMS, bundled data usage, bundled voice minutes to choose from, and alternative smartphones.

Etisalat also said that add-on packages are also available.

Customers already on a twelve-month contract will be offered a choice between free minutes and a replacement smartphone. The full list of alternative devices is listed on the Etisalat website, and includes the Nokia E72, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro and the iPhone.

However, customers that do not sign up for the full-year deal will not be provided with a free smartphone, and will instead receive free monthly minutes.

Further details of the packages are available on the company's website.

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