Apple’s iMessage gets blocked in the UAE

By on November 13, 2011
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Message service under investigation with TRA.

Local telecoms, Etisalat and du, have both blocked access to Apple’s iMessage service, citing an “investigation” with the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA).

“Dear Customers, Please note that FaceTime has been disabled by #Apple, as for iMessage, it is currently under investigation with the #TRA,” Etisalat said in a tweet.

According to The National, TRA general director Mohamed Al Ghanim said that there was “no intention to block iMessage” and is checking with the telecoms to see why the service has been blocked. It is not clear when the service will be available, if at all.

iMessage allows iOS users to send messages and pictures to each other free of charge, much like BlackBerry Messenger.


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

  • Abdulaziz Al Hammadi

    iMessage is blocked in Etisalat network only, I’m using iMessage since iOS 5.0 Beta 1 with my Du iPhone without any issue.
    Also Facetime is working in du network if you have a device from UK or any other country.

    Apple removed Facetime from UAE iPhone,that’s right, But the folks in Etisalat blocked Facetime from their side also, so if you have a UK iPhone with Facetime it’ll not work with Etisalat network.

    Why iMessage is blocked in Etisalat network?
    iMessage activation is just like facetime activation, as long as etisalat is blocking Facetime, iMessage will remain blocked.

    Unlike Etisalat, Du is honest and don’t cheat their customers or lie to them.
    I was a loyal Etisalat mobile customer since 1997, But after these acts I switched to Du permanently.

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