Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

I have a pre-paid 1-year contract with Virgin that gives me 2MB per month (it was some kind of special to get a 1 MB bonus), which is plenty for me. We pay around $20-25/month. Etisalat will be more expensive. - Jun 2019


Local provider, it's easy and works well. - Sep 2017


The embassy uses the national svc Etisalat, a 4G provider. Du is another state owned provider and the "competition" is a joke. Pick one and move on. You'll need a passport and/or an emirates ID to get service though. - Jun 2015


They're everywhere. You'll have to have one, and you can find endless places to buy them at the malls. - May 2013


There are two companies, Etisalat and Du, with the latter being less expensive. You need to show residence ID to buy a handset. Top-up cards are easy to purchase in shops or from street vendors. - Jul 2012


You will need one and use it frequently. I can't remember the last time my home landline rang, in fact. There are only a couple providers, and the cost isn't outrageous. - Aug 2011


You can buy a phone and SIM service in the country. All phone networks are monitored by the UAE Ministry of Interior and there are only a couple of telecom providers. Blackberries are tolerated but UAE Ministry of Interior was trying to ban them in 2010, as they were having trouble bugging them. Some internet sites and articles are blocked. Remember, despite the glitzy hotels and buildings, this is a police state with no human rights. - Jul 2011


Emiratis love their gadgets, especially their cell phones and must always have the latest and greatest. Handsets can be bought everywhere. Carrefour and Plug-Ins usually have the most competitive prices. All phones are unlocked. There are only two service providers: Etisalat and Du. You can buy prepaid cards from either or you can sign a contract. It is cheaper than the US because virtually all business is done via cell phone. - Nov 2010


Everyone here has one. - Jan 2010


They are everywhere, easy to get, and there is only one company-owned by the government. - Aug 2009


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