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Old Sep 28th 2010, 12:32 pm
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Can anyone tell me if you can just turn up at Carrefours, Jumbo Electronics etc etc and purchase a pay as go mobile with no ID or do you require a residency visa?
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Old Sep 28th 2010, 12:37 pm
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Can anyone tell me if you can just turn up at Carrefours, Jumbo Electronics etc etc and purchase a pay as go mobile with no ID or do you require a residency visa?
The mobile you can buy without ID. The SIM card (which you buy from Etisalat) you need ID for.
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Old Sep 29th 2010, 9:37 am
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Can anyone tell me if you can just turn up at Carrefours, Jumbo Electronics etc etc and purchase a pay as go mobile with no ID or do you require a residency visa?
You need some form of ID to purchase the SIM card but a passport will do if you want 'pay as you go'. If you want a contract then you need UAE ID Card.
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Old Sep 29th 2010, 11:01 am
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And can all this be done in the suppermarket or for the sim do you have to go to the Etisalat building??
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And can all this be done in the suppermarket or for the sim do you have to go to the Etisalat building??
Supermarket for pay as you go...... Etisalat 'golf ball' if you want a contract
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Supermarket for pay as you go...... Etisalat 'golf ball' if you want a contract
You can get pre-pay SIMs in supermarkets? I didn't realise this. Would have saved a painful queue in Etisalat Spinneys.
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When we arrived here 6 weeks ago I got a couple of SIM's from the phone shack by the side of the hotel. Wasn't asked for any ID at all...
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When we arrived here 6 weeks ago I got a couple of SIM's from the phone shack by the side of the hotel. Wasn't asked for any ID at all...
sounds like a plan. what hotel was that?
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Cassels on Electra - there's a stack of phone shacks on the street round the back of the place.
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