FaceTime Still Missing on iPhone 4 in Parts of the Middle East
Despite all the hype surrounding the iPhone 4's arrival in China, this weekend the iPhone 4 also debuted in parts of the Middle East. But a very important feature of the updated 4th generation Apple Smartphone was suspiciously absent. In both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, iPhone 4 buyers were stunned to learn that FaceTime was not an available feature.
Several initial reports over the previous 24 hours covered the missing attribute but failed to chronicle exactly why the service is presently unavailable. As it now stands, the believed reason for the omitted service are local restrictions on VoIP technology that effectively inhibit the video communications that define FaceTime. Interestingly enough, though, Middle Eastern versions of Apple's website had promoted the FaceTime feature until just days ago, a misleading situation that has angered many fresh buyers of the smartphone.
But while thousands of new iPhone 4 owners were unaware of this situation when they first purchased their device this weekend, the lack of FaceTime chat capabilities may not remain a permanent issue. For now the video chat functionality is said to be "currently unavailable" as the operators and regulators in the region are supposedly working together as we speak to allow this functionality sooner rather than later.