Dubai - Post Report Question and Answers

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

You can get a post-paid contract as part of a bundle with when you sign up for home internet (with Etisalat or du), or just pay month-to-month using a prepaid service (Virgin UAE). Prices are comparable to Canada. - Mar 2021

Ugh. Super annoying monopoly by two partly government owned companies - Du and Etisalat. Both are expensive and Skype is blocked. - Jul 2013

The two major carriers (Du and Etisalat) have lots of pre- and post-paid packages. GSM phones work here. - Aug 2011

Two phone companies- Etisalat and Du. Both owned by the same parent company. Both can be frustrating. Some numbers cannot be dialled from Du phones with ease. - Jan 2011

If you are bringing one from the US, make sure is tri- or quad-band and is unlocked. You can purchase one here--it will cost more, but it will be unlocked and able to be used with any service provider (du or Etisalat). - Sep 2009

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