My Wasel Renewal

Beep Beep! Beep Beep! That was the sound of my phone, old one huh?

I have received a message, I was suppose to ignore it but on second thought maybe one of my family member is sending me an sms so I grab my mobile phone and check. Well its not because its from UAE's telecom provider. I was subscribed to them for like 7 years now. Lets read the message.

From: Etisalat
"Dear customer, to keep your line active without service interruption and to continue enjoying Etisalat services, please ensure to renew your Wasel account before today midnight.

Renew your Wasel NOW with only AED 50 & also get free credit of AED25 upon renewal."

This must be the 5th message I have received from Etisalat since February started, my renewal is due on the 26th of Feb and they make sure that I don't forget it. Sure I will renew, after all I need my pre-paid line to be working 24/7. Thank you for the AED 25 this is good enough to talk to my mom for like 10-20 minutes.

Etisalat has been UAE's telecommunication provider since 1976, they have enjoyed years of monopoly in this country until another telecom provider arise -DU.

In UAE, one cannot obtain an Etisalat number without submitting a passport copy and valid visa or reisdency. I got mine in February 2003 for AED 180 under my sisters' name as I was on visit visa by then. Later on when I have my own visa then I process to transfer it under my name, well of course not for free its AED 50.

I have no complaint about their service, they are very effecient so far. I have also my Al Shamil broadband connection with them and I am happy with it. This telecom company have aquired strategic ways in providing telecom service and good customer relations as well.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. I renewed 3 months earlier from the expected date to avail of the promo. My mobile number is still under a friend's name. She got it for me even before I came here. It's been more than 2 years since then.

  2. @ W&N: That's nice, but I suggest that you transfer it under your name. In some cases, if that person has any outstanding fees for expample an internet connection and it gets disconnected, your line and all her lines will also not work until the dues has been settled.

  3. That's one thing I noticed about the the Mideast ruling in buying phone lines (be it land or mobile). May restrictions. Dapat lang naman. Dito sa Saudi, when you purchase a sim, your details are recorded. We should also do that in the Philippines, don't you agree? For security reasons. Kaya lang I'm sure marami n naman ang magrereklamo. Infringement of human rights daw, whatever they mean.

  4. I do agree with you Nebz, its a better way of tracking people, a centralized system, it can be regulated more and can protect more of the people rights

  5. Just wanna share that my AED 25 will be around 50 minutes talk time with my mom if I ring her during super offpeak times (11pm to 7am daily), that means though I have to sleep late or disturb my early morning sleep =)

  6. The same policies applies here in Doha, to obtain a new sim card, you need to register it through your immigration ID.

  7. You're from Dubai, wow, I have my best friend there, but they're having hard times. I hope they do better!

  8. Agree rin ako doon sa sinabi ni Nebz, sana magawa rin sa Pinas para less ang mga panloloko.

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