du launches its operations; 500,000 to get connections

DUBAI — The long wait is finally over as 500,000 people will purchase their booked mobile connections when the du telecom operators gear up for a nationwide launch today.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 11 Feb 2007, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:29 AM

Those who had booked numbers of their choice can pay online to confirm their bookings. For those who select delivery through courier, SIM cards will be delivered free of cost at the place of their choice within the coming weeks.

SIM cards can also be collected from the du distribution channels, which include nine du shops and 90 dealers, after February 25. The du network can be accessed to as soon as a SIM cards is activated.

A du spokesperson yesterday said: “Bookings must be confirmed by paying the notified fee for a du mobile account, otherwise the allocated number will be given to someone else.”

Talking about the complaints that not all cell users were able to get their favourite number as advertised by the telecom operators, the spokesperson said: “This is natural, as whoever is the owner of the ‘desired’ number had booked it due to which other person seeking the same number could not get it. Numbers are allocated subject to availability and in order of the requests received,” she explained.

“I am eagerly waiting the launch. At least there is something new to look forward to. Competition is always healthy, and we might have some attractive offers which will benefit customers,” said a mobile user.

Another person who is awaiting activation of the new service said that he was disappointed when he was unable to get his preferred number. “I was disappointed because I was expecting to get the number that I wanted as was advertised by the telecom authority. However, still I will try the new operator because I am expecting a better service than etisalat which has monopolised the sector until now.”

Recently the telecom operators have introduced new products and services which have been missing from the market earlier. These services include Pay by the Second, Me and Mine, Mobile Payments, My World and Next Generation Mobile Services. These are available in both Monthly Plan (postpaid) and Pay as You Go (prepaid) tariff packages.

In the Pay as You Go package the SIM pack is available for Dh155 while local calls to mobiles and landlines are charged at 0.5 fils per second. The Monthly Plan’s SIM pack is available for Dh125 with a monthly fee of Dh30. Calls to local mobiles and landlines are charged at 0.5 fils per second.

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