Saturday, October 16, 2021

FaceTime suddenly works in United Arab Emirates after years of blockage

FaceTime seems to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),


news agency writes


Since Apple’s calling service was released in 2010, it has been blocked in the UAE.


reports that journalists can use the call service without any problems.

They can make both video and audio calls in good quality.

It is not clear whether the blockade has been lifted permanently or whether the service will only work temporarily.

Other internet calling services, such as WhatsApp and Skype, do not yet work.

There was no official announcement that FaceTime would be enabled.

Apple and the UAE telecom watchdog have also not responded.

In the past, similar services sometimes worked for a while, until the restrictions were tightened again.

At the moment, the UAE has set up a zone in Dubai where various internet calling services can be used (temporarily) thanks to a world exhibition.

The UAE is likely to block the services for security reasons and to protect revenues from its state monopoly telecommunications companies.

However, the authorities have never publicly explained the ban.

Apple computers and phones sold in the UAE generally do not have the FaceTime app.

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