There is nothing that a good telecom service can’t do. From connecting people to aiding social distancing, and managing human movement, a good telecom service is the way of the world. In UAE, there is only one question posed on telecom service providers; “which network should I get?” The answer varies among these top three contenders: du, Etisalat, and Virgin Mobile UAE.

While Etisalat is the oldest and reigning telecom service provider, du and its flagship, Virgin Mobile, is keeping up with the post-pandemic times. Let’s have a look at the table below to get a better look at the various plans offered by the telecom service providers in the UAE before coming to a conclusion.

 duEtisalatVirgin Mobile UAE
Monthly Prepaid PlansYesYesYes
Monthly Postpaid PlansYesYesYes
Weekly Prepaid PlansYes--
Daily Prepaid PlansYes--
Voice + Data PlansYesYesYes
Data Only PlansYes--
Tourist PlansYesYesYes
SIM Delivery-YesYes
ContractNo contract on prepaid plans. Select postpaid plans with contract.No contract on prepaid plans. Select postpaid plans with contract.No contract on prepaid plans. Select postpaid plans with contract.


Future of mobile


Virgin Mobile UAE is more youth-oriented with app-based registration for a SIM. The company allows you to choose a preferred number and even delivers the SIM card at your doorstep anywhere in the UAE. Launched as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) or simply known as a virtual network, the Virgin Mobile UAE app is focused more on the young and individuals who are tech savvy.

This app-based telecom service provider allows the user to design their own customized plans. The company also allows the user to let them have a choice over the minutes for calls and data according to their needs, making this option its Ultimate Selling Point. Making the deal even better, Virgin Mobile lets you change the plan every month until you find the one that suits you best.

More flexible than du and Etisalat, the Virgin Mobile UAE app lets you combine various bundles – making it easy on the pocket. It is also surprising that prepaid plans from Virgin Mobile also matches the postpaid plans from the other two telecom service providers to some extent.

With the option to customize plans, flexibility to change plans to suit your needs, fast and seamless service, Virgin Mobile UAE promises the “future of mobile.”


The oldest and the most trusted


Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etisalat offers three choices for prepaid customers: Wasel, Wasel Premium, and Visitor options. The oldest telecom service provider in the UAE combines plans in its prepaid packages such as; one day, one week, one month, local calling as well as global calling packages.

Not lagging behind, the company has also started offering free SIM delivery services. If you want to replace your existing SIM card with Etisalat’s, just register on the website and have the company home-deliver the SIM card via an authorized delivery agent.

Well, on to the prepaid plans then! The Wasel plan is the least priced of the three prepaid plans in Etisalat’s line up. The Wasel Premium plans offer the pre-paid user a preferred number and a 3GB data pack each month for the initial six months. The final Visitor plan offers discount vouchers and a Careem ride as well.

The company set-up in 1976 offers a wide array of home and mobile solutions, giving users various options before settling down with the plan of their choice. Etisalat’s robust connectivity across the country makes it stand out from the rest of the telecom service providers.

If you’re looking for something that’s light on the pocket, Etisalat has some prepaid plans that can suit your requirements without being too heavy on the expenses. There are also options of add-ons on plans that you have chosen. This allows you to make a choice between spending more on data and lesser priced voice call bundles as well as going in for a combined package that best suits your requirements.

With a seamless network and robust connectivity, Etisalat is a strong contender in the telecom service industry.


strong network coverage


The other prominent telecom service provider in the UAE, du has registered a swift growth in a space dominated by Etisalat due to its flexible plans and by-the-second billing system. The company offers strong network coverage in the region, making it another enticing option.

A quick look at plans on du’s website says it all. Depending on your choice, you can go ahead and click on the best plan to get started. The company offers various monthly, weekly, and daily prepaid plans giving several choices for users. It also has tourist plans with limited validity for those who are in UAE for a limited period or for those who would like to test the connectivity in their area. For those who like to pay their bills at the end of the month, du has several postpaid plans to suit your needs.

With all three telecom companies offering 5G service, it couldn’t get any better. Almost all prepaid and postpaid plans carry an additional 5% VAT charges on top of the monthly prices quoted by the companies.


VoucherCodesUAE took a survey and found out while Etisalat reigns supreme, the young generation are more bound towards Virgin Mobile, mainly because of the flexibility of the plans. They also claim the telecom to be the “future” for keeping up with apps. However, it is best to check out the connectivity and network strength in your area. So choose what suits you best before committing to contract.