There might only be two telecoms companies in the UAE (well, until Virgin Mobile launches here), but there’s undoubtedly lots of options with regards to telecoms packages.
The thing is, it’s not necessarily clear what the best packages are. So to assist you in making sense of them, we’re doing the research so that you don’t need to. No matter if you’re searching for a prepaid package with no contract, or super-fast home broadband with a ton of TV channels, this series of explainers will assist you to choose which home internet packages fit your needs.
This week, we’re beginning with the best pay-as-you-go mobile packages from Du and Etisalat. Reluctant to commit to a contract? Never fear – there are many great pre-paid alternatives to choose from. Listed here are our picks of the bunch.
DU NON-STOP BUNDLE – AED 50 PER MONTH
Sign up for this bundle from Du, top up AED 50 per month, and you’ll get a world of benefits that, for most people, will handle most telecoms requirements. This isn’t a full-on data package – rather, it offers non-stop use of your most-used apps. Texting is looked after with WhatsApp and Viber access, while social networking is cared for with limitless access to Snapchat, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. As an additional reward, you’ll also get 75 flexible minutes. Pretty good for AED 50 per month.
ETISALAT WASEL SUPER50 – AED 50 PER MONTH
Etisalat’s undertaking of the AED 50-per-month pre-paid package looks a bit different, but it’s undoubtedly worth looking into if you prefer a little more independence with your minutes and data. To begin with, you don’t get a unique choice for certain types of apps – with this package, you’ll get 500 MB of data per month, for use on whatever you desire. The package also provides 50 flexi minutes and 50 flexi SMS messages. Simply text SUPER50 to 1012 a subscription, and make certain to top up AED 50 per month.
DU NON-STOP BUNDLE – AED 25 PER MONTH
Alright, this non-stop bundle from Du doesn’t provide a large amount, but it is mightily cost-effective, which makes it pretty appealing. Subscribe and top up AED 25 per month, and you’ll get non-stop access to WhatsApp, Viber, iMessage and Facebook, and Du will even throw in 35 flexible minutes per month.
ETISALAT PINOY PACK – AED 20 PER WEEK
That one, made to service the UAE’s Filipino community, can be quite a little more high-priced on a monthly basis, but it provides a shed load of advantages. Simply subscribe and top up AED 20 per week to enjoy 20 weekly minutes to call the Philippines, 20 weekly minutes for UAE calls, and 210 minutes for friends who are also on the Pinoy Pack. Oh, and you’ll also get 250 flexi SMS messages, and non-stop mobile internet, with no limitations on websites or apps.