Executive Director of Product Marketing in UAE’s Etisalat, Omar al-Muzaki, told daily newspaper Al Emarat Al Youm that “Etisalat is preparing to released the iPhone 3GS in the UAE market before the end of this month”.
The article called the iPhone company “elppA” and the Blackberry company “Black Berry”, not RIM. The article also mentions that there are 30,000 iphone users in UAE.
Additionally Mr. Omar also said that Etisalat is working with a fourth cellphone maker (after Apple, RIM and HTC) to provide a new unique smartphone in the Emirates. My guess is the Palm Pre.
Mobily will most likely release the iPhone 3GS at the same time as Etisalat. In any case this is a huge delay from the original announced date by Apple, August 2009.
From Al Emarat Al Youm via ArabCrunch.
interesting, finally some info on the 3GS! thanks Khaled!
i think mobily will release it after the UAE, considering they are always last to react in the middle east.
i also doubt price reductions, they will just make the 3GS more expensive.
it would be great if they handled it right, but i cant put my hopes up, it mobily after all…
the iPhone 3G was released in Saudi and UAE at the same time
how are you so sure that they will come out the same time?
ii would be great, but you said most likely, so were not sure yet…
Well at least there is something now to expect rather than guess with something we are not so sure of. Thanks Khaled!
i know, im excited too, ive been waiting and saving up all vacation to get the 3GS!
it least there is finally a tiny bit of info after a few months of absolute silence. 😛
notice both companies announced it on the previous day
i see, u have a point there! 🙂
No names , but I overheard the Mobily Launch to be on the 26th of October … off the record and unofficially…
if it does happen at 26 october, then im gonna resurrect techmology!
(i love that blog, but apparently the authors stopped posting and took down the website, ill try contacting and become an author with them to continue its legacy)
or here 😉
can i really be an author here?
i would love to!
although, i wont be free a lot, because i have school.
ill try to wright what i can.
feel free to contact me, check the about page for contact form
I am also interested Khaled. I’m a member of an apple community in the Philippines but I love to help iphone fans here in Saudi also for I came here for work 😉
Thanks for that Khaled.
Been waiting for the S like forever. I wonder if it would be already unlocked like the 3G was?
according to this rumor, October 26th!
Hopefully it would be unlocked same as their 3G 🙂
I’m positive that it’ll cost more than the 3G though…aahh..I only have so much to spend..eh.
Well, good for you dude 😉
Do you guys think it will be locked to Mobily?
Or will we be able to use STC SIM cards with it, like the iPhone 3G?
either way, we are gonna hack it! its no big deal.
Good thing Dev Team is just around the corner, if you know what I’m talking about 😉
Where can i find unlocked iphone in dammam
Try Mobily by October 27th
finally they waked up and gave something to expect. It took them four months to bring the iphone 3GS …
thanks Khaled, it will work in bahrain (batelco)