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Leemaine
09-23-2011, 01:14 PM
I have my EK interview in October, any recomendations for the best way to call back to the US while there ? skype. vonage. maybe face time (i have the iPhone) although I"ve heard that facetime will not work for whatever reason in Dubai ..

what are my opptions for internet ? will I need to get a VNP to surf the web,,,how do I get one ?

should I bring cash and exchange once there ? what about using my
visa/mastercard


johng723
09-23-2011, 06:44 PM
I'm also heading out there in October as well...and being that it's my first time there, I don't know much about what their restrictions are, however there are plenty of sites out there where you can get a monthly/yearly subscription to a VPN service. From what I've read and especially if you want to use any kind of VoIP service in the middle east, you would need to use a VPN service to do so.

galaxy flyer
09-23-2011, 07:37 PM
Don't know about VOIP, but hotels have Internet, wired or wireless. The Marriott has wired in rooms, wireless in the lounge and lobby. The Address at the Dubai Mall has wireless everywhere. Some our guys Skype there, so it is possible. All credit cards are widely taken, no problem. You can change money at the terminal or widely available ATMs. It is about 3.35 dirams to the USD.

The JW Marriott is close to the EK Training Center and both are 10 minutes from the terminal.

EK is wonderful in business class, very classy. From non-EK pilots I know there, EK is a good deal.

Best of luck to both of you.

GF


RemoveB4flght
09-23-2011, 07:49 PM
Both of the telecommunication companies in the UAE, Du and Etisalat, are government owned, so they block VOIP programs basically to force people to pay them long distance rates. Enter VPN's which almost any Skyping expat uses. It also magically unblocks many blocked websites. There are free ones, but some people have problems with them. I pay $100 a year for vpnaccounts.com and it always works fine.

As far as money, atms are everywhere and most places you can pay with a credit/debit card, although your bank at home may charge a fee for each transaction. Instead of changing money, your best bet is to take some cash from the ATM. The dirham is pegged to the us dollar at 3.67 to 1. 400aed is a little more than 100 bucks.

full of luv
09-23-2011, 08:09 PM
What about porn??

myoface
09-23-2011, 08:31 PM
You can skype computer to computer, but not computer to phone. No porn.

Typhoonpilot
09-23-2011, 11:29 PM
A lot of the cheap/free VPNs are blocked in the UAE. You need a good one like Witopia to make Skype calls to a phone. Otherwise just do MSN to MSN or Skype to Skype if it's a short trip here.


Typhoonpilot

jsfBoat
09-24-2011, 11:30 AM
You can skype computer to computer, but not computer to phone. No porn.

From what I hear, Match and similar websites are blocked because they're considered adult entertainment.

N9373M
09-24-2011, 11:53 AM
After my infarctions (1 questionable), one might consider APC p0rn :rolleyes:

Leemaine
09-24-2011, 01:41 PM
A lot of the cheap/free VPNs are blocked in the UAE. You need a good one like Witopia to make Skype calls to a phone. Otherwise just do MSN to MSN or Skype to Skype if it's a short trip here.


Typhoonpilot

OK, so if i understand this correctly,,, using wi-fi on my iphone, I will not be able to have a skype conversation ? thinking i might go buy a calling card

PW305
09-24-2011, 03:11 PM
I've used hotspot shield VPN, routes the IP back through the US. Run the program (free) before starting skype.

myoface
09-24-2011, 03:28 PM
skype to skype, yes. skype to phone number, no

727C47
09-24-2011, 03:44 PM
no issues at holiday inn -al barsha, skype to phone number ,though i have had to reboot at times, using a macbook.

RJSAviator76
09-25-2011, 03:26 AM
It is about 3.35 dirams to the USD.



:eek::eek:

3.65 - 3.68 are the rates found everywhere. Dirham is pegged to the dollar so it shouldn't fluctuate, and I believe the official peg is something like 3.672 dirhams per 1 USD.

Don't exchange money at the hotels as they will bend you over on exchange rates. Either use ATM's, credit cards or go to one of many exchanges around.

As for FaceTime, it works on household Internet connections without VPN, but I echo TP - get Witopia - $60/year option. No issues whatsoever. I use magic jack also with Witopia and have a US phone number.