No FaceTime on UAE iPhone 4s

By on September 26, 2010
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Apple’s WiFi video chat app goes missing after v4.1 update.

It wasn’t long before new, eager iPhone 4 users in the UAE found out that one of the bullet-point features of the Apple device is missing.

du telcom has confirmed, via twitter, that the WiFi-based video chat software called FaceTime will not be available in the UAE.

Unfortunately, there are no details as to why this is so. According to TUAW, Apple may have held back the app to not cross local restrictions on VoIP technology set buy the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of UAE.

We can confirm this as well: our senior editor Taimoor Hafeez saw the FaceTime app missing after he updated his new iPhone 4 to v4.1. We cannot confirm, however, if the app would work on a non-updated device.

Khalifa al Shamsi, VP of Marketing for Etisalat, told The National that the telecom was still in talks with Apple to provide UAE users with the FaceTime application.

“Normally such launches are controlled by Apple. Currently we are in discussions with them about this feature in particular,” Al Shamsi said.

The app is also seen missing on iPhones from Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

“We are working closely with Apple to resolve the issue,” said Lana Khachan, a spokeswoman for Vodafone Qatar, told The National.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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