Would you like to know the best iPhone price in Dubai? Since Apple released the first iPhone back in 2007, this legendary smartphone has taken the world by storm, and has arguably become the world’s most popular smartphone today, thanks to Apple’s trademark of blending slick usability with sleek desirability.
Background on iPhone in Dubai
For the past 4 years, we have seen a yearly update with Apple upgrading to the 2nd-generation iPhone 3G a year later in 2008, followed by a speed-boosted 3rd generation iPhone 3GS in 2009, the iPhone 4 that changed the smartphone game in 2010, and finally another speed-boosted iPhone 4S in 2011.
The iPhone was gradually released across the globe since its first release in the US in 2007, so the iPhone first arrived in Dubai in February 2009 under its two major carriers, Etisalat and du.
Today, if you are keen on purchasing the unlocked iPhone, then the best source would be directly from the Apple Online Store itself, though bear in mind that similar to any other country, the unlocked iPhone cost in Dubai would be higher than the contract-bound variant under its two carriers.
iPhone 3GS 8GB price in Dubai
For those on a tight budget, the unlocked iPhone 3GS 8GB model is available in black at AED 1499. Although this 2009 model might seem dated at first glance, in reality it is still one of the top 3 selling smartphones alongside its successors the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in the US.
This is probably due to the fact that the 3GS is still a highly capable and fully functional smartphone, compatible with the latest iOS 5.
iPhone 4 8GB price in Dubai
Moving up one step further to the iPhone 4, Apple also offers it as an unlocked 8GB model for AED 2199, though there are both the black and white color options available.
Being dubbed the game changer of 2010, this model brought us the ultra-sharp screen resolution of the Retina Display along with improved specs and performance over the iPhone 3GS. Just behind the latest 4S, this model is still one of the most powerful smartphones obtainable at this competitive price.
iPhone 4S 16GB price in Dubai
Finally, if it’s the latest iPhone model that you need, then the unlocked iPhone 4S 16GB is available for AED 2599, with the 32GB model at AED 2999, and the largest 64GB model at AED 3399. The iPhone 4S is the latest and brings the ultimate in Apple’s smartphone technology, at least for now while the world is currently speculating the release of the next iPhone 5 sometime this year 2012.
Being a beefed-up model of the previous iPhone 4, you would get to enjoy faster dual-core performance, a voice-recognizing assistant Siri, and a boosted 8MP camera with full HD 1080p video.
iPhone price in Dubai – Unlocked or Contract
One key advantage of purchasing the unlocked iPhone is that you won’t be tied down or ‘locked’ to any carrier’s plans. While you do need at least a compatible micro-SIM card in order to use the iPhone’s basic voice and data features, you are free to obtain any SIM card from any GSM carrier worldwide that has supporting plans, whether prepaid or postpaid.
This is an ideal arrangement for frequent jetsetters or travellers who would find it inconvenient to be tied down to any fixed carrier plans. However as mentioned, the price of the unlocked iPhone in Dubai is typically going to be higher than the ‘locked’ version, which is made cheaper from a carrier’s subsidy.
Estisalat – iPhone price in Dubai
Under the first carrier Etisalat, you can obtain the iPhone 4S under a variety of different plans that last for 12 months. Under the prepaid plan, the iPhone 4S price in Dubai ranges from AED 2749 (16GB), AED 3149 (32GB), and AED 3549 (64GB). The prepaid plan itself costs AED 50/month which provides you with 500MB data/month.
As for the postpaid plans, there are 3 plans ranging in cost from AED 99/month (Plan 1), AED 249/month (Plan 2), and AED 449/month (Plan 3). These plans provide you with 200 free SMS, some bonus minutes for both domestic and international calls, and data ranging from 1GB, 2GB and 4GB respectively.
Selecting these postpaid plans would provide you with a rebate on the iPhone 4S, with the iPhone prices under Plan 1 being AED 300 cheaper than under the prepaid plan. Moving up to Plan 2 would give you a AED 1300 rebate from the prepaid plan prices, while Plan 3 makes the iPhone 4S 16GB free and the 32GB costing only AED 399 and the 64GB at AED 799.
Du – iPhone price in Dubai
Under Dubai’s 2nd carrier du, the iPhone 4S is offered at base prices of AED 2749 (16GB), AED 3199 (32GB), and AED 3599 (64GB), which are almost similar to Etisalat’s prepaid plans.
Selecting the postpaid or prepaid plans does not seem to reduce the base prices of the iPhone 4S, and instead you are provided with the basic calls, SMS, and data at various monthly rates. There are the Elite plans ranging from AED25/month all the way up to AED750/month, while the 3 Emirati plans ranging from AED100-500/month are best geared to those who make a lot of international calls, with a special rate of AED1.45/minute.
To conclude, we hope this analysis of the iPhone price in Dubai is helpful in making the best selection possible based on your budget and needs. Do visit our website iPhonePrice.com regularly as we update you on the latest iPhone prices in Dubai.
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