No VoIP Facetime in UAE

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) regulations in the United Arab Emirates may have prevented the iPhone Facetime feature from being released there.

The service allows for high quality video calling over a 4G network but VoIP, the cheap way of making calls over the internet must be employed.

The telecom operator for the iPhone in the United Arab Emirates, DU, informed its customers by Tweeting that FaceTime would not be offered when the iPhone 4 was sold there.

The statement in 140 characters said: “Our iPhone 4 customers will not be able to make Facetime calls, as this feature is currently unavailable in the UAE.”

Although they did not say this was because of VoIP regulations in is well known that the UAE has had a problem with VoIP.

 Like many other countries such as Lebanon and India the UAE goverment may be trying to protect the vested interests of telecomms companies within its borders by not allowing VoIP to hijack the market.
FaceTime is an open standards video calling software product which is also available for the iPod Touch.

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