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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Look Before You Leap: iPhone 5 in the UAE

If you're planning to buy an iPhone 5, whether from the official channels or the grey market, please check on the following, especiallyif you're in the UAE.

The Apple iPhone 5. Image: Apple.com
1. LTE Frequency

Apple is marketing three different versions of the iPhone based on three different LTE frequencies (click here to see a link on the Apple website).  Not all the frequencies work in the UAE.  Etisalat works on a GSM frequency of 1,8 00to 2,600 MHz. If you plan on traveling a lot, check also if the countries travel to are on the same frequency as the LTE network infrastructure in the UAE and Saudi Arabia example are different.

2. Nano-SIM

Apple have confirmed that the Apple iPhone 5 will use a Nano SIM.  This is a smaller SIM card than the current Micro SIM you get in the iPhone 4S.  As of date, both carriers in the UAE have said their phones don't have Nano SIM's readily available though we suspect this will roll-out shortly.  

There's no fun in having a new toy that you can't play with so proceed with caution and remember, not every seller of an iPhone 5 on the grey market is going to have a device that works here necessarily.

Update: 7Days have as a result of our blog post contacted du who have now confirmed that Nano SIM's will be available shortly.  Etisalat are yet to respond.  For details, please click on the link to 7Days. (6:43pm, 13 Sept, 2012)

Posted by: Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer, Jacky's Electronics LLC