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  • Is UAE Toying With iMessage and FaceTime?

    FaceTime and iMessage are Apple's premier Wi-Fi communication services for iOS.

    Apple has taken steps to allow users to circumvent the need for a cellular carrier to communicate. They have revolutionized the way that our iPhone's and iPods have been able to help us communicate while connected to a Wi-Fi network and they have enabled us to even video chat with other computers via FaceTime. If you sport an iPod touch or Wi-Fi only iPad, you will not be disappointed by iMessage. It lets you basically text message any iOS device that can run iOS 5. Considering how quickly iOS users are updating to iOS 5, that's a very large database of users that you can message. The best part? It works over Wi-Fi so there are no fees for using it. The same applies to FaceTime, except you can be running iOS 4 to use it. The only downside is that you are limited to devices with front-facing cameras, or Mac users. But again, it works over Wi-Fi just like iMessage and has no fees for using it. There are jailbreak tweaks that allow you to use FaceTime over 3G or Edge connections, one being FaceBreak which is one of my favorite tweaks. But that will count against your data usage and will cost you some money.

    Since Apple has brought these popular communication systems to the iDevice lineup, completely circumventing the need to rely on cellular service companies, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is taking notice. The UAE has blocked mobile services in the past. RIM had this confrontation before with the UAE. This has since been undone for authorities in the UAE. Etisalat is one of the companies that operates for the UAE, handling phone traffic. They announced that FaceTime and iMessage were under investigation via a tweet on Twitter. How strange though. Six hours later, Du, another phone traffic company for the UAE, announced that FaceTime and iMessage would be up and running again by this evening via a tweet on Twitter. Later on, Etisalat annouced a similar message as Du on Twitter that the services would be up again later on.

    It seems hectic that they are messing around with these services. Here are many people trying to communicate and there are several companies playing around with the services like switches on a toy Hess truck. It makes no sense at all that they said they were banning it, then let it go off the hook in the end. It has been reported that users were still able to use iMessage when the ban was in existence but there was no word on the availability of the FaceTime service. I for one would be pretty annoyed after buying a product to later hear that its services would be banned in my country.

    What do you think about this inconvenience to UAE iOS users? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: TNW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is UAE Blocking iMessage and FaceTime? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. ccc27's Avatar
      ccc27 -
      just wanted to say that it's Etisalat, not Edisalat.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      It seems essentially criminal to block something like this. Then again, Apple blocks all kinds of stuff on their OS that we all get to deal with. I realize it's different, but in many ways is also the same.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ccc27 View Post
      just wanted to say that it's Etisalat, not Edisalat.
      Thanks. Confusing name.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      But is that not cause they want to monitor what is being said and done and they cant do that with these services
    1. dennisdionisio's Avatar
      dennisdionisio -
      I remember that in the case of Facetime for iphone4, If you ask Etisalat why it's blocked they will say it's Apple that's blocking it. But if you ask Apple they'll say it's Etisalat.
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      What is the UEA
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      What is the UEA
      United Arab Emirates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      So are they playing with imessage in the united states? Europe? Asia?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      So are they playing with imessage in the united states? Europe? Asia?
      Only in their own Territory, their territory is in the link I posted.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Would recommend that the first time UAE is mentioned in the article you follow it with (United Arab Emirates) so people know wtf you are talking about.
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Etisalat is known for spying. They setup up their network in a country and then spy on the country. They were denied business in India. They again tried and were denied. They again tried and the India govt considered it but under very very strict surviellence. The company is being monitored by the India govt very closely.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Would recommend that the first time UAE is mentioned in the article you follow it with (United Arab Emirates) so people know wtf you are talking about.
      Lmfao! Really? Reread the article because I can clearly see where UAE is clearly defined in (). Or how about not being so lazy and look it up IF it isn't defined for you.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      Lmfao! Really? Reread the article because I can clearly see where UAE is clearly defined in (). Or how about not being so lazy and look it up IF it isn't defined for you.
      Because he took my advice and changed it, Sherlock.

      Quote Originally Posted by End of the first post View Post
      Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; Today at 03:13 PM.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      If a private company is blocking the service, then it gives the government plausible deniability, right? I mean come on, why be so restrictive? Why be so afraid of new technology? I have read so many articles of how countries in that region will block services, like twitter, facebook and even text messaging, to keep the public from communicating with one another. If that ever happened in the US, it would be an outrage, people would go nuts. Since it happened in a place that is known for this type of behavior, we all just shrug our shoulders?//political rant
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Because he took my advice and changed it, Sherlock.
      Well either way was it necessary to be rude to "give advice", Arnold? Go somewhere else to find things to be a troll about!!!!
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      This is such utter bull. -_-
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      Lmfao! Really? Reread the article because I can clearly see where UAE is clearly defined in (). Or how about not being so lazy and look it up IF it isn't defined for you.
      You do nothing but troll this site. Thanks for reminding me why I hardly visit here anymore.
    1. c14rlf's Avatar
      c14rlf -
      If you don't know what the UAE is you really shouldnt be allowed to own a computer.
    1. Jimmu's Avatar
      Jimmu -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Would recommend that the first time UAE is mentioned in the article you follow it with (United Arab Emirates) so people know wtf you are talking about.
      Which school did you stay away from?
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      poor arabes! that's why I left gawab.com