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Etisalat mobile broadband coverage Dubai

Etisalat mobile broadband coverage Dubai UAE

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Almost any urban area in Dubai and the UAE has good mobile data coverage, at least 3G, usually 4G, and 5G will be rolled out in the coming years. 3G is sufficient for almost any general internet use. For streaming high-quality videos, 4G is better.

Some weak spots inside buildings, car parks, especially underground. In rural areas, coverage is usually still good enough but don't rely on it.

[2014] Etisalat mobile broadband coverage in Dubai UAE

Etisalat mobile broadband coverage, access speed, download bandwidth for internet wireless access in Dubai and UAE in coffee shops and cafes. International data roaming packages and information.

Sometimes moving your laptop computer slightly can improve the connection, or changing the USB port that your USB broadband stick is plugged into. Even disconnect and reconnect can help occasionally, especially with a flaky connection that drops from HSPDA to WCMDA while connected for example.

Etisalat prepaid data packages in the UAE

Etisalat international data roaming packages

Generally, using your phone connection while roaming for data connections is horrendously expensive (applies to any operator, not just Etisalat). And watch out when connecting your phone as a modem to your laptop - automatic downloads and software updates can easily suck up enough bandwidth that you might have to mortgage your house on return from your holiday to pay the bill. This is not a joke - there are stories of people winding up with bills of tens of thousands of dollars, pounds, dirhams, etc. Allow AED 100-1,000 per hour for general website surfing, or about AED 50-200 for every 10 pages you view in your browser (of normal content - news, wikipedia, email, etc). Multiply that by 10 or 20 if viewing lots of images or watching videos. Seriously. Search for "bill shock" on Google to get some stories (not while you're roaming though).

Pay as you go data roaming charges (as of Dec 2013) are:

To get around this, buy a local SIM card in the country you are visiting. You should be able to put it in your phone if it is unlocked and connect it to your computer if the phone has a modem built in but it might be tricky to get the configuration set up. Phone shop attendants will tell you all sorts of things depending on how much they know. Sometimes they will be right, sometimes wrong.

Or you can buy a USB stick with local SIM card in the country you are visiting. Sometimes there are restrictions such as for data use only, not for telephone calls. Generally the USB sticks (especially if they are part of a special offer or package) are locked to the SIM card they come with. It is possible to unlock them - usually by paying a substantial fee to the operator. Backstreet phone vendors might be able to unlock them, or accidentally destroy them when trying to unlock them.

Etisalat unlimited international data roaming packages - 26 Dec 2013
Package Cost Data Notes
eWiFi daily plan AED 60 unlim1 24 hrs from first login time
eWiFi weekly plan2 AED 100 unlim1 Must subscribe to 1 week 1GB data package, +AED 200
eWiFi monthly plan2 AED 100 unlim1 Must subscribe to 1 month 1GB data package, +AED 500
  1. Usually unlimited means no limit for reasonable use, but there might be a cap or speed throttling for heavy use. No information supplied, terms and conditions not found.
  2. Users must first subscribe to one of the Etisalat data roaming packages to be able to use the eWiFi weekly or monthly data package, which at first blush makes one wonder what the point is of paying extra for the eWiFi package, but the advantage is that data use is unlimited during the time period subscribed to. Daily eWiFi users do not need to subscribe to an Etisalat data roaming package?

To subscribe, follow these steps:

  1. For one day access only, skip this step. Send sms (without quote marks) "WEEK1GB" for one week or "COMBO" for one month data roaming package to 1010, or dial *177#.
  2. Send sms "id" for one day only access, or "ir" for daily access on weekly and monthly package to 1010 for 24 hrs access to iPass WiFi network. You'll receive an SMS from Etisalat with username and password.
  3. Download and install the iPass eWIFI app from the Etisalat website, or from an app provider if available, launch the app to enter your details.
  4. You can use internet when within range of an iPass eWIFI hotspot. Access available for 24 hr periods only?
  5. For weekly and monthly subscriptions, send "ir" to 1010 again for another 24 hr period of access? Information supplied says "SMS "ir" for daily access to 1010" for weekly and monthly packages. Presumably you don't need to reinstall the app each time though.
Etisalat data roaming in Saudi Arabia and Egypt March-May 2012
International data roaming packages from Etisalat (20 July 2011 press release)
  Daily Weekly Monthly Countries - Operators
Cost AED 95 AED 395 AED 495  
Etisalat Alliance Partners 1GB 2GB 3GB Saudi Arabia (Mobily)
Preferred Partners 100MB 200MB - Bahrain (Batelco), Egypt (Etisalat Misr), Germany (T-Mobile), India (Vodafone), Italy (Vodafone Omnitel), Jordan (Umniah), Kuwait (Zain), Malaysia (Maxis), Oman (Omantel), Saudi Arabia (Mobily), Thailand (AIS, DTAC, Total Access Communications), Turkey (Turkcell), United Kingdom (O2 - Cellnet), United States (Cingular Wireless, T Mobile - VWC Denver)
Global 6MB - - All (excluding Lebanon, satellite and flight operators)
Global flat rate       AED 1 postpaid (subscription accounts), AED 1.50 prepaid (Al Wasel) per 30 KB. Works out to about AED 33-50 per MB, or AED 33,000-50,000 per GB. Watch out!

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