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Saudi iPhone gains 25,000 users; UAE sales begin

updated 12:05 pm EST, Mon February 23, 2009

Saudi, UAE iPhones

The Saudi Arabian version of the iPhone is doing unusually well, claims a local newspaper. The phone went on sale Sunday through some 500 Mobily outlets, and is said to have already accumulated over 25,000 subscribers, in spite of the relative poverty of most of the country and a lack of Arabic support in text messaging or the web browser. The region does have considerable oil wealth however, and the Saudi Gazette cites a Mobily spokesman as saying Arabic support is due within three months.

Mobily's parent company, Etisalat, has meanwhile launched the iPhone in the neighboring United Arab Emirates. An 8GB model costs anywhere between 0 and 2,646 AED, while a 16GB phone is priced between 375 and 3,090 AED. The discrepancy is based on accompanying plans, which range between 199 and 643 AED per month; the base plan provides 125 minutes, 125 texts and 500MB of data, while the peak option delivers 500 minutes, 300 texts and 2GB of data. Contracts last one year, and match cheaper phones to more expensive plans.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WordLookup Arabic & Farsi

    WordLookup application in iPhone supports arabic and farsi arabic speaking users may be interested in this.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    inferior languages

    the message is they'll eventually get around to supporting the inferior local dialects, but meanwhile it already supports English, and therefore its ready for sale.

    don't crucify the messenger, I don't feel this way, Apple does.

    For a guy that needs to get everything right, its simply amazing, how Jobs doesn't understand something so basic as what language a person speaks.

  1. shufflegazine

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Notice the article says, "In just a few hours of launch the number of walk-in customers and those who applied online reached 25,000,"

    In KSA interested users could "book" an iPhone from March 10th. How many booked one online? We don't know. How many of those booking it online actually bought one that first day? We don't know.

    Muddy figures indeed.

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