Is data usage common here? What about texting? Coming from USA, I'm used to unlimited data and essentially unlimited minutes/text. I see the plans are like 100 MB, 250 MB, etc with 100, 250, etc texts/minutes. Do you find it easy to reach those tiers? Plans in the USA that are not unlimited are typically 1GB or 2GB per month with like 1500 texts if there is even a limit.At home you do not generally have much of a choice - a building is generally covered by either Etisalat or Du, but not both. Also, in general, I haven't come across a package that gives you the benefit of mobile + home discounts.
I prefer Du over Etisalat as I generally find them cheaper (the phone provided by my work is Etisalat) and they charge by the second. In terms of coverage I don't find any difference between the two phones, but it may depend on the area you live and work in.
Texting just isnt done that much here. It will add up quickly. I used to average maybe 2500 to 3000 messages a month easily back home. That just isnt possible here. Plans are a few hundred sms.
Get a data plan for your android, bb, or evil fruit phone. Even then, it is easy to go over the data amounts. A lot of people will have a blackberry w the 50dirham social plan that gets you unlimited bbm, yahoo, msn, etc messengers and access to facebook i think (I dont have a facebook so dont know/care about that) included, even if they have an iphone or android. Whats app (if you dont use bbm) will be your new best friend and will replace sms. You will have to get your friends and family to get whats app or get them to use yahoo or msn or something on their phones to talk to you. It is hard to do as the culture in the usa is just to sms.
For your friends back in the US get a Google Voice number before you come over, it can do two things:Thanks for the tips. Will check out whatsapp as I do not use BB.
Does Google voice work also for Europe...since i will be coming to Dubai from FranceXDoodlebugger said:For your friends back in the US get a Google Voice number before you come over, it can do two things:
Also get a Magic Jack, very nice to have as well for staying in touch.
etisalat offers 4g but it's bundled with hardware, only available on postpaid and isn't on the same frequency as sprint/at&t. your ipad 3 will only work with 3g/hspa+ in dubai. very few top end devices currently support 4g anyways.check out the websites of Du (du.ae) and etisalat.ae for the pricing. The speeds are okay (but upload speeds are not). There is no 4G as I understand it, but I may be wrong