Kate-Lynne Wolmarans29 Apr 2018 AT 06:21 PM

UAE telecoms regulator in talks over lifting ban on Skype and FaceTime

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Kate-Lynne Wolmarans29 Apr 2018 AT 06:21 PM
Dubai, News, Skype, Facetime, Voip, Social Media
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Dubai, News, Skype, Facetime, Voip, Social Media

It looks like we might be able to access Skype and FaceTime in the UAE soon. 

A report by Arabic newspaper Al Ittihad, claims that the UAE's telecoms regulator is in talks with Microsoft and Apple to lift the ban of both communication apps. 

According to the report, the director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori has revealed that “discussions are still ongoing" and that the need to maintain a strong relationship with tech companies that continue to expand in the UAE is important. 

While we wait for more to unfold, here are two alternative VoIP (online calling) apps that you can use... 

Botim
Both du and Etisalat subscribers have access to the app that enables unblocked voice and video calls to all 2G, 3G and 4G devices. It is also available to all those with a Wi-Fi connection. 
Click here to download the app

C'Me
Available on all mobile devices with an internet connection, C'Me allows users to message and video call their loved ones living both abroad and in the UAE. 
Click here to download the app

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