25,000 Buy iPhone 3G in UAE, Saudia Arabia– Without Texting, Web Browsing in Arabic

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The iPhone 3G launched today in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Some 25,000 people signed up in the first few hours, not bad considering you can’t send or recieve text messages in Arabic and the web browser does not yet render Arabic text properly.  (Mobile providers have promised that these services will be available within the next three months.)

The 8GB iPhone costs around $600, 16GB around $700, with a monthly fee of about $25. Mobile provider Etisalat also throws in a hundred texts a month, to thumb perhaps in French or English while you’re waiting for Arabic.

Via Arabian Business

Image courtesy ifone4arab

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