du to provide F1 spectators with Wi-Fi access on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

Published October 30th, 2009 - 02:06 GMT

Following the success of its recent September launch of Wi-Fi service on Dubai’s Metro and in many hotspots across the city, du will be providing wireless connectivity to thousands of spectators attending Abu Dhabi’s first Formula One (F1) racing event. Equipped with a Wi-Fi-enabled device like a laptop or mobile phone, people will be able to access the internet from the F1 circuit area on Yas Island from 30 October through 1 November 2009.


“du is delighted to provide easy, seamless Wi-Fi service to residents and visitors attending Abu Dhabi’s F1 event as part of our ongoing efforts to bring wireless connectivity to high-traffic areas in the UAE,” said Farid Faraidooni, EVP Commercial, du. “Now, everyone attending the F1 event will enjoy ultra-convenient internet access, allowing them to surf online and connect to their families, friends and colleagues while they take in all the thrills of premier racing action.”


Customers can choose between several different Wi-Fi access packages and methods of payment. du WoW cards in denominations of AED 20, 50, 100 or 200 may be purchased from any du authorised outlet for easy access to du Wi-Fi service; alternatively, customers can use their credit cards to purchase one hour of Wi-Fi access for just AED 10.


Regardless of which payment method is selected, customers will receive a user name and password on their device’s screen and by email for future reference.

du customers can also choose to access the Wi-Fi service and pay using their existing du account. du mobile customers can connect to the service using their mobile number, and du Home Service and Call Select customers can use their self-care username and password.


Charges for du postpaid customers (Elite Plan, Monthly Plan, Home services and Call Select) will appear on their next monthly bill. For Pay as you Go and Visitor Mobile Line customers, Wi-Fi charges will be deducted from the ‘more time’ or ‘more credit’ balance.


Regardless of how du Wi-Fi service is accessed, users will enjoy unlimited sessions within the time period purchased and will only be charged for the time they use as part of du’s value-conscious ‘pay by the second’ billing system.


Getting connected to du’s Wi-Fi service is simple and straight-forward: customers with a Wi-Fi-enabled device who come within range of a du Wi-Fi ‘hotspot’ will see an authentication page when they open their internet browser. From this page, customers can choose the Wi-Fi access package that best suits their needs and get connected.

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