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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Goodbye BlackBerry Way

The BlackBerry has finally arrived in the Middle East. Research In Motion (RIM), the inventors of the BlackBerry (notwithstanding several patent infringement lawsuits) have teamed up with The Lovely Etisalat (TLE) to make it all happen.

BlackBerry service is initially being aimed at the corporate market, with prices to match. The handsets cost Dhs 2,500 - 3,000: fair enough, it is a SmartPhone. But there's a setup fee, a whopping Dhs 22,000! And then there's a monthly usage charge of Dhs 175 for 'always-on' UAE connection and Dhs 295 for international roaming. Oh, and don't forget additional charges for making phone calls.

Looks like TLE is making the most of its monopoly while it can, bless 'em.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

I can just see it now: me sitting in a meeting with everyone around me sending out and receiving e-mails on their Blackberry's. I thought cell phones were bad enough but I think it's just about to get worse!

12:37 am  
Blogger archer14 said...

22,000? Good grief!!!
Are you sure that isn't a typo?

@sunshine
Blackberrys look far cuter than those grey bricks everyone carries around aka Communicator. 7/10 owbers have no WAP/GPRS, yet they all lug this brick around.

1:10 am  
Blogger Jassim said...

AED 22,000 cannot be correct. Khalas i'll stick to my Jam.

10:44 am  
Blogger CG said...

My imate will be with me longer than I had thought. UFFFFFFFFF

2:00 pm  
Blogger trailingspouse said...

Mr Trailingspouse's company is looking to relocate it's regional office (currently in KL). They have decided AGAINST Dubai because of poor/expensive telecommunications. How many more companies are coming to the same conclusion?

4:40 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Trailingspouse: quite a lot I believe. Dubai would be an absolutely superb location for call centres, but when companies see the outrageous cost of telecoms (coupled with the ban on VOIP), they look elsewhere. I know this is a real problem for Dubai Outsourcing Zone, who are finding it hard to attract call centres as clients.

4:48 pm  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Commenters are skeptical of the setup fee you state.

Is there a reference where we can go see what the fees are? Like an on news article, company webpage?

10:56 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Etisalat has introduced the BlackBerry wireless platform in the UAE, in a tie-up with company Research In Motion. Etisalat said the hardware costs between Dhs2,500 and Dhs3,000 and it will charge a setup and the support fee of Dhs22,000. It is initially targeting 10,000 corporate subscribers.

7:21 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

EmirEcon: those figures were quoted in both GN and Emirates Today, and no I'm not gonna dig out the references.

7:22 am  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

22000 dhs for a black, alien turd that slowly takes over your mind?

No thanks!

8:07 pm  

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