There may only be two telecoms companies in the UAE (well, until Virgin Mobile launches here), but there’s certainly plenty of choice when it comes to telecoms packages.
The thing is, it’s not always clear what the best packages are. So to help you make sense of them, we’re doing the research so that you don’t have to. Whether you’re looking for a pre-paid package with no contract, or super-fast home broadband with a ton of TV channels, this series of explainers will help you decide which telecoms package is right for you.
Earlier this week, we showed you the best post-paid packages that need no contract. This time around, we’re bringing you post-paid packages that require contracts. This means you need to be ready to make that commitment to a contract – most post-paid contracts last a year or two – however, you have the luxury of using as much data and minutes as you like and to pay for it all later.
With that in mind, here are the top contracted post-paid mobile packages in the UAE right now.
DU SMART PLAN – AED 150 PER MONTH
This contract costs AED 150 per month, which gives you 6 GB of national data along with 300 flexible minutes. That sounds pretty good, but there are some restrictions with this plan – for example, you’ll need to pay for standard roaming with a AED 2,000 deposit. That said, if you run out of data, it’s a simple process of visiting the du website and buying an additional bundle. The contract last 24 months.
ETISALAT ANA EMARATI – AED 150 PER MONTH
A new package from Etisalat, this contract appeals to the explorers who enjoy taking themselves off on long trips to the desert and at sea. At AED 150 per month, with a contract term lasting 12 months, you’ll get ultimate connectivity with family and friends from any remote area, and Etisalat will give you a free additional SIM card with the same number so that you can make satellite calls. Although you don’t get much data or many minutes (only 100 minutes and 100 satellite SMS), the advantage of staying in contact while on a wild adventure is pretty appealing.
ETISALAT CONTRACT PLAN – AED 250 PER MONTH
Although a little more expensive, this plan does offer plenty of value once you list all the things that come with it. You get 12 GB of data, 1,000 local minutes or 300 flexible minutes, and you can customise the plan to your liking with add-ons and extra bundles.
DU SMART PLAN 300 – AED 300 PER MONTH
This 24-month contract might cost a lot, but it gives you 18 GB of national data and 600 flexible minutes – which is plenty by anyone’s standards. Adding a ‘Dubai’ element, you also get the option to choose a bronze number, a specialised number that you can choose from an exclusive list. The package also allows you to pick a preferred number and get 300 minutes of free talk time for it.