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Will we soon see Skype making its BIG UAE return?

Free online calling services like Skype and FaceTime are banned in the UAE under the country’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) policy.

However, after four months of being banned, both Skype and FaceTime might be coming back.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), said that the TRA is negotiating with Microsoft to look at the possibility of lifting the restrictions on Skype, and with Apple for Facetime, AL-Ittihad reported yesterday.  

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Why though?

Al Mansoori emphasised the need to maintain strong ties with the tech giants as they continue to expand in the UAE.

“Microsoft has launched for the first time two data centers in the UAE that cover the entire Middle East,” he said

“Apple opened a new Apple a new store in Dubai Mall, in addition to the other store there and one in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi,” according to Al Mansoori, “these are the only official Apple stores in the Arab World.”

“Other video call services are available to the Emiratis, and the number of users is on the rise,” he added. 

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Until Skype and FaceTime return, here are 4 alternatives to try. . .

Etisalat and Du offer unlimited calling services – Botim and C’Me – but full access comes with a fee.

1.BOTIM – Unblocked Video Call and Voice Call

This application is free to download, but in order to have full access, you need to subscribe in a plan for either $14 or $28, depending if it’s a subscription for your mobile or home, according to Etisalat, Emirates’ Telecommunications Corporation.

2.C’Me – Voice & Video Calls

This application allows you to call, video message and video call your friends but also at a certain cost.

Subscription plans are $14(+ 5% VAT) and $28(+ 5% VAT), according to Du, a leading Telecommunications Corporation in the UAE.

Information regarding Etisalat and Du plans are found on their websites.

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A really useful link that could be set up in no time.

Just send the link to the person you want to video chat and you’re good to go.

You’ll find all the information you need on their website

4-Uber conference call

UberConference is built on WebRTC to allow free real-time call control, across a variety of carriers on one side and browsers on the other.

It’s easy, all you have to do is select people from your contact list, and everyone you select will then get a call, email, and/or text message (depending on what contact information you have for them) inviting them to the conference call—no PINs or registration is required.