Etisalat launches email and IM-only BlackBerry service

Package targeted at individual and business customers who want ‘no frills’ email.

POPULAR: Etisalat now offers five subscription packages for BlackBerry smartphones.

POPULAR: Etisalat now offers five subscription packages for BlackBerry smartphones.

UAE telecoms operator Etisalat has launched a new email and messaging-only service for BlackBerry users. While customers will find their internet browsing abilities limited, they will have access to 10 email accounts and instant messaging (IM) applications.

The telco said the package was targeted at individual and business customers, who prefer to use ‘no frills’ email on the move. It said customers subscribing to the package will be allowed access to their individual and work email accounts, without the addition of internet browsing, which will be limited only to BlackBerry smartphones with Wi-Fi capabilities.

Etisalat said the ‘Unlimited Email Plus’ subscription package will cost customers AED139 ($38) a month, and does not have any limits in terms of data usage and is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers.

With the addition of the new package, Etisalat now offers five subscription packages for BlackBerry smartphones, priced from AED49 per month to AED295 per month.

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Posted by: Rahul Datta

Blackberry services for Individual customers is very - very expensive and is not at all competitively prices , compared to rest of the world. This stands true even for local and ISD call tariffs of Etisalat. Business customers can continue to pay as it doesn't pinch their pockets. But for an individual to pay upto 80 USD per month for Blackberry services is a rip-off completely. Where are people charged such high rates ; and one shouldn't compare with countries in Western Europe and USA . I strongly feel that legalising VOIP is a must in this country where almost 90% of the population comprises of expatriates.

Posted by: Overcharged&Underpaid

Worldwide prices of blackberry packages is alot less (maybe closer to 40 dhs a month) Eg: Thailand : http://www.truemove.com/blackberry/en/pre_pay.aspx Google for others.

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