One of my least favorite moments living in Dubai is being caught off guard without credit left on my cellphone.
When I arrived in Dubai and learned that I need to buy telephone cards in denominations of 25, 50, 100 dhs, etc and load my mobile phone with it every time (prepaid style is the norm here), I almost freaked out. I’ve lived in Japan for more than 10 years prior to my move in Dubai and the mobile service I used there was postpaid, meaning, I can use my phone anytime:
- without the fear of using up all my credit in the middle of a very important phone call
- without getting frustrated when I try to make a phone call and find out I do not have any credit left
Having to check my mobile credit and load it consistently is inconvenient.
Of course, there was an option to go prepaid with the mobile provider Etisalat but the process before was tedious and running cost, expensive — until recently when they announced a promo (until September 30, 2010 so hurry!) that made me decide to shift! Switching to Etisalat prepaid account is free, lets me keep my existing number, and I get 20 dhs of free credit every month for 12 months! The phone bill comes twice a month, payable at any Etisalat customer service counters and offices.
PROS OF GOING POSTPAID
The liberty IS nice. No more interrupted phone calls, no more panic looking for stores selling telephone cards. Happy. 🙂
CONS OF GOING POSTPAID
While it is very convenient and Etisalat promises bigger savings and discounts on monthly bills, it is very EASY to go overboard. Those small (unnecessary) chats and SMS’s could pile up. I normally have a budget of 100 dhs/month for my mobile bill but sadly, as of end of August, it was 120 dhs.
So I was 20% off my budget. Need to get a grip next month!
What do you use, postpaid or prepaid?
You can check out the Etisalat website for more details regarding the postpaid mobile. This post is NOT sponsored by Etisalat. 🙂