Updated: iPhone 4 to hit UAE on 25th September
Etisalat and du to launch latest iPhone model in UAE on Saturday, price plans announced
Etisalat and Du have announced that they will bring the iPhone 4 to the UAE on 25th September.
The latest version of Apple's smartphone was released to users in the US and UK on 25th June, and has gradually been rolled out in different markets around the world.
The handset suffered from a problems with signal strength, which some users reported was seriously degraded if the phone was held on its lower left edge of the phone. Apple initially blamed a software error that merely misrepresented signal strength in the graphic display, before finally relenting and offering free cases to iPhone owners, after it was found that a ‘bumper' to protect the corner of the phone stopped the signal from being blocked. Apple is set to re-evaluate the issue at the end of this month.
iPhone 4 features FaceTime, video calling, and the high resolution Apple Retina display. The handset also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple's A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40% longer talk time.
Running on Apple's iOS 4 mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features, the phone is also compatible with Apple's App Store, which provides a wide range of downloadable applications.
Existing and new du individual customers can get the new iPhone 4 with du’s monthly plans – either the new Elite Super 100 or Elite Plan, or prepaid plan. All customers purchasing an iPhone with an iPlan from du will enjoy free data and free credit for 12 consecutive months.
For business customers, du offers iPhone 4 business, starting from AED 699 bundled with Business Super Plan benefits. For AED 300 per month customers can get 125 national and 125 international minutes, 125 SMS, unlimited data, 50% discount on calling rates within their businesses and more, every month. Also, business customers will have a rate of AED 1 per 50KB for data usage outside the UAE, anytime, anywhere.
Customers who purchase Elite Super 100 Plan will receive free data for 12 consecutive months and extra monthly credit back based on their ‘number category.’ They will also benefit from the full array of benefits of the new Elite Super Plan 100 which gives 100 National minutes, 100 International minutes with up to 100% bonus on international calls, 100 SMS and 100 MB data for AED 100 a month
Individual monthly plan customers who purchase du Elite Plan will get free data and credit for 12 months, in addition, they will get 55 national minutes, 55 national SMS and 5 MB of data and up to 75% bonus on international calls for AED 25 a month.
Etisalat customers can subscribe to the iPhone 4 with several one-year voice and data plans.
Etisalat is offering the iPhone 4 16GB model for AED 2049 upfront and the AED 99 monthly rental with 125 local minutes, 125 local SMS and 1GB local data or AED 499 and AED 249 per month for the same minutes, SMS and data; or AED 449 per month with no up front payment and 500 local minutes, 300 local SMS and up to 2GB data under fair usage model.
The 32GB model is available for the same monthly rates with the same minutes, SMS and data plans but with upfront payments of AED 2399, AED 849 or AED 350.
Etisalat also announced that it will soon offer a tailor-made option allowing its current iPhone 3G/3GS postpaid customers to upgrade to iPhone 4 with a package of their choice.