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Unlocked iPhone 4 on sale in the UAE

A Dubai-based online retailer has managed to import stocks of unlocked iPhones for sale in the UAE and other Gulf countries

  • By Arno Maierbrugger, Deputy Business Editor
  • Published: 21:29 June 28, 2010

Dubai: Months before the planned official launch of Apple’s iconic new iPhone 4 in the Middle East, a Dubai-based online retailer has managed to import stocks of unlocked iPhones for sale in the UAE and other Gulf countries, Gulf News has learnt.

“ is the first retailer in the UAE to have the iPhone 4 in both 16GB and 32GB versions in stock,” Sheriff Rizwan, CEO of, told Gulf News.

The phones come in an unlocked version and can be used with any SIM card, Rizwan added.

He bought the devices “from different parts of the world,” said Rizwan, namely from Europe and Asia, where the unlocked version of the phone has already hit the markets.
Despite anticipating the official launch of the gadget, Rizwan says that “there are no issues with Apple. This is a free market.”

On Monday, he sold around 100 pre-booked iPhones to customers. “There is huge demand,” he added, enabling him to set the price for the 32GB version at Dh6,200 and for the 16GB at Dh5,500.

More stock is about to arrive, he said, which in return will lead to lower prices.

In the US, the AT&T-linked iPhone is sold at $299 (Dh1,097) for the 32GB version and at $199 (Dh730) for the 16GB version, respectively.

Comments (13)

  1. Added 14:35 June 29, 2010

    This is a total RIP OFF!..... The costliest price in the world for this phone. You can buy around 3 iphone 4 (32 GB )in the UK for this price. so dont buy it unless you wish to waste your money

    Steve, London, United Kingdom

  2. Added 12:55 June 29, 2010

    for that price, i can buy 2 X 3G I phones... and I will have 6G I Phone... what a rip-off!!

    A Husian, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:44 June 29, 2010

    I totally agree with JP..if i were a customer of that shop i would just not go back!

    Sherry, Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:33 June 29, 2010

    patience can save you 3500 dhs people . just wait and watch for 2 months ....

    old iphone user, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:31 June 29, 2010

    correction to first comment Mr.JP ; actually you will pay extra 653% on the original price for the 16GG. imagine that..

    x-man, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:23 June 29, 2010

    I don't understand this whole drama... there are much cheaper places to get it.

    Mohammad Al Huraiz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:20 June 29, 2010

    Unbelievable pricing !!! More than the cost of a Notebook! How did they get it ? How can they offer warranty when Apple is not involved ?

    A. K. , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:14 June 29, 2010

    That's a rip off ! I bought mine for 3499 aed, much closer to the UK price (3300 aed for unlocked version) Why don't you look at other sites? Aido is also selling it and lots on souq also...

    Peter, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:59 June 29, 2010

    Some people pay anything to own it first!! This is how the Dubai market gets spoiled. The rest have to wait for etisalat or Du to get it here officially so that the users can get correct retail prices. Only problem is availability. When I saw ads for the 3Gs they never had it in stock. Now that the iPhone 4 is out, both have a lot of stock for the 3Gs ..

    Lance, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:44 June 29, 2010

    The price difference is 565% higher, not 84%. Just so that your complaint is factually accurate.

    E. Sandler, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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