Dubai: With nano-SIM cards available at the telco operators’ outlets, the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5 is not far away. In fact, it’s a matter of weeks when both the UAE telecom operators start rolling out service packages for Apple’s latest version of the popular smartphone that’s selling like hot cakes.
Apple hasn’t officially announced the availability of the new and thin iPhone 5 in the Middle East, and all the top retailers are not sure of the launch date.
But according to market sources, both the telco operators are likely to offer the device early next month.
Etisalat’s chief marketing officer Khalid Al Khouly said in a statement that it will offer the new iPhone 5 to customers allowing them to choose from a wide range of etisalat’s plans including some that will offer the device for free.
Both the telco operators have offered the iPhone 4S free for some packages earlier and are expected to continue for the new device also.
“We urge our customers to take advantage of etisalat’s upcoming iPhone 5 bundled plans and experience it on the country’s first and widest 4G LTE network,” Al Khouly said.
When contacted, both du and etisalat were not ready to answer queries.
“We will inform you when it is going to be launched,” said a du official.
IPhone 5’s 4G LTE network will be compatible with the UAE’s network although previous reports had raised doubts about it.
IPhones have been selling in the grey market since the official launch globally and it is sold for more than Dh4,000.
Apple tends to lead the way with SIM card changes, making it just that bit harder to swap between phones. Apple first moved to the micro-Sim card format with the iPhone 4. IPhone 5 uses a new SIM card which is smaller than the micro SIM. And the change from a micro-SIM card to the smaller nano-SIM will also make life harder for those who tend to mix and match smartphones and SIM cards when they travel.