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Old May 1st 2007, 7:26 am
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Default WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

do they both work assuming you have credit?

Seem to remember it's a lottery around the world - some places you can call but not sms and visa versa and other combinations....

anyway - are making and receicing calls and sms possible on wasel in the USA
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I think as long as you have a tri or quad band phone
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We looked into this when we went to the USA back in November, and IIRC you still had to set up roaming by paying Etisalat some colossal deposit... plus the call costs were ludicrous.

So we took our UK mobile instead. It worked perfectly, the calls were less than half the price they would have been with Etisalat, and we had the option to top up our credit online (which I don't think you can do with Wasel when you're abroad - they tell you to top up with as much as you think you'll need before you travel).
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Default Re: WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

Originally Posted by GarethR View Post
We looked into this when we went to the USA back in November, and IIRC you still had to set up roaming by paying Etisalat some colossal deposit... plus the call costs were ludicrous.

So we took our UK mobile instead. It worked perfectly, the calls were less than half the price they would have been with Etisalat, and we had the option to top up our credit online (which I don't think you can do with Wasel when you're abroad - they tell you to top up with as much as you think you'll need before you travel).
i think the deposit thing has been dropped. It's just for people to get hold of me - will have the laptop and skype will be the choice of communications in the land of the free (voip).

thanks though.
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Default Re: WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

Gareth knows he and Zan were in New York in November last year and I am sure they took their phones but had problems sending SMS but not receiving. There is a list of the etisalat website but I can't seem to find it!
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Default Re: WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

I can never send SMSs or make calls when I'm abroad, but always seem to be able to receive them. Really pees me off when you then get a million messages from Etisalat telling you how you can now make and recieve calls...

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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
I can never send SMSs or make calls when I'm abroad, but always seem to be able to receive them. Really pees me off when you then get a million messages from Etisalat telling you how you can now make and recieve calls...

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exactly my point - why the hell can i not send a bloody simple sms... grrrrr....

sometimes calling is possible but you have to use some strange black magic code thing....
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exactly my point - why the hell can i not send a bloody simple sms... grrrrr....

sometimes calling is possible but you have to use some strange black magic code thing....
ahh...well sadly I don't have the code

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Default Re: WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

Was in NYC in Jan.

Can't send SMS but can receive.

Couldn't call either but could receive calls.

There is a roaming list on the etisalat website - but its pretty useless and what is on there is rarely the case anyway.
 
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Originally Posted by W10 View Post
Was in NYC in Jan.

Can't send SMS but can receive.

Couldn't call either but could receive calls.

There is a roaming list on the etisalat website - but its pretty useless and what is on there is rarely the case anyway.
Itcostsalot really are shit...
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Originally Posted by Blue Cat View Post
Gareth knows he and Zan were in New York in November last year and I am sure they took their phones but had problems sending SMS but not receiving
No, we had no problems... we used our UK (T-Mobile) phone
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Originally Posted by W10 View Post
Can't send SMS but can receive.

Couldn't call either but could receive calls
That's pretty much standard for all Wasel customers when you're outside the UAE. And before we went to the USA I was sure I'd read that the roaming deposit had been dropped, but when I checked it out at Etisalat they said that I still had to pay it.
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Default Re: WASEL - roaming and sms in US?

Don't know about Wasel cards, but not supposed to be a problem with ordinary (pay as you go?) mobile service. Still have to pay Dhs 2,000 for roaming though.

(I have just paid this so I can be contacted by UAE clients when in UK. Phone worked fine when switched back on after flight)
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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
I can never send SMSs or make calls when I'm abroad, but always seem to be able to receive them. Really pees me off when you then get a million messages from Etisalat telling you how you can now make and recieve calls...

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Are you using my phone????
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Are you using my phone????
woops...did I forget to give it back ?

That'll explain why I've been getting some really, really weird phonecalls though...

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