UAE Enjoys Free VoIP Calls

Residents of the United Arab Emirates can now make use of the Viber application for free voice over internet protocol(VoIP) calls on their iPhones.

The program works by sending bunches of data across a wireless Internet connection. It is legal as long as used in a special data package.

The application can be purchased from the Apple store and allows both domestic and international VOIP calls on the iPhone. It also has a nifty feature of being able to detect which other phones have the Viber application in your address book and showing you the contact details.

The Chief Commercial Officer for telecoms company du, Farid Faraidooni, said that this was one of a number of legal VoIP in the UAE applications.

Strict legislation preventing VoIP in most cases throughout the Emirates has now been lifted.

He said “Voice over Internet protocol is popular among UAE iPhone users and some products are legal in the UAE telecommunications sector. Their use will not affect our revenue.”

VOIP is now accessible in the UAE from iPhone to iPhone but not from smartphones to landlines or mobile phones.

5 Response to "UAE Enjoys Free VoIP Calls"

  1. Viber January 18, 2011 at 8:47 AM
    This is a member of the Viber Development Team!

    We are very happy that so many people in the UAE are interested in our application.

    I would just like to add that Viber will soon be available also on other smartphones, and not only iPhone. the next one is Android, and it will happen in March. Viber will also allow to send Text Messages very soon (February)

    If you have any question about Viber - please feel free to ask.

    the Viber Team.
  2. Anonymous February 22, 2011 at 8:17 PM
    Can Viber be used to call from Iphone or Android based handset to a non Iphone or non Android handsets (Regular GSM handsets)?

    Which Android based handset is advisable?
  3. Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM
    Is viber not working anymore in UAE?
  4. Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 3:23 AM
    Apparently, it is no longer working..on attempting to connect via Wifi, it requests to use GSM
  5. Anonymous April 3, 2011 at 6:55 AM
    I cannot call nor send messages using Viber when my iPhone is connected to the Net via wireless from Etisalat. It does receive but not send. This was not the case few days ago. What happened?