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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Then it was Viber, WhatsApp, and FB Messenger, and now Apple Facetime Blocked in Saudi Arabia?

Is it the request of telecommunication companies to blocked the app because of profits going down? Or maybe this has something to do with the terrorism incidents that rocked the country a couple of days ago?



The past years and this year has been very painful for most expats relying on internet connectivity specially audio and video call applications in Saudi Arabia. First it was Viber that was blocked by telecommunications companies, then it was WhatsApp call option, both audio and video that was blocked to the dismay of many users.  Then this year, Facebook Messenger, one of the most popular calling app widely used by expats and locals alike was blocked without noticed. 
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Today, posts in social media abound from people using Facetime complaining that the apps pre-downloaded and installed in Apple's gadgets is now blocked in Saudi Arabia.

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Apple users in Saudi Arabia was caught by surprised because today marks the first holiday of the Eid Holiday after a month long Ramadan and most people are having audio and video chat with their families. 

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Excerpt from the ArabNews article

The communication authority and the companies working in the Kingdom have blocked the FaceTime communication service for users of Apple mobile devices.

FaceTime is a free audio visual communication service on Apple devices for which many Saudis were opting to purchase new units from abroad, as it was available only in those editions available outside the country. But the blocking of FaceTime on Apple phones purchased abroad has taken many users by surprise.


Saudi netizens have contacted Apple through Twitter, enquiring about the blocking of the service. The response was that it was blocked by the Kingdom’s telecommunication authority and not the company.


The users of FaceTime have expressed their disappointment on social media. They said that the decision to block FaceTime didn’t have any logic. Several other such services have also been blocked and they still work in most countries. They have demanded that an enquiry should be made to learn the reason behind the blocking and who benefits from the decision. They have also urged the concerned authorities to restore the service."


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Apple’s FaceTime service now blocked in Kingdom

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