The Apple iPhone 3GS is now officially available in Saudi Arabia and sold by Mobily. The iPhone 3GS is unlocked and available with 3 postpaid bundles (99, 299 and 399) and one prepaid bundle for each of the 3 models (iPhone 3G 8GB, iPhone 3GS 16GB and iPhone 3GS 32GB).
However the iPhone 3GS 299 and 399 bundles are only available for exclusive VIP (Mobily Raqi) members. The same thing happened with the iPhone 3G, only the 99 bundle was available for “regular customers”.
To be eligible for a 399 iPhone 3GS bundle you need to be a postpaid member for at least 10 months and a minimum monthly bill of 800SR. Etisalat and du in UAE do not have a similar restriction on iPhone 3G and 3GS bundles.
This is the bundle list from Mobily’s website. The page does not mention Raqi/VIP restrictions and the * at end where it says “conditions and terms apply” does not refer to anything because none of the bundles in that list have a * near it’s name. We have taken a screen shot just in case Mobily tries to change it. Bander (@Saudilawyer) is seriously considering suing Mobily for false advertising. The table also doesn’t clarify that the iPhone 8GB is an iPhone 3G.
We hope to see Mobily being more clean on who is eligible for their bundles. Please share your experience in the comments.