iMessage and Facetime Blocked in UAE

When it comes to blocking mobile services, UAE is no exception. RIM will most likely be in better position to confirm this.

The company already has a tough time in the country over several issues including monitoring as well as many Blackberry services. However, the decision has since been subdued. As a matter of fact, the Blackberry services have also been utilized by the authorities. The services are also used in an official capacity by Dubai Police, though in a limited manner.

Now the Apple has become the focus of target from UAE authorities, particularly its iMeesage and Facetime services. The mobile carriers including Etisalat and Du have already suspended the Apple services.

Through an announcement made on Twitter, Etisalat said that the Facetime by Apple had already been disabled, while iMessage is still “under investigation” by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

Although, Etisalat didn’t give any hint of how long the investigation will go on, the other mobile carrier Du sent a Tweet claiming that the service will resume by evening.

However, UAE based publication, The National told a completely different story quoting TRA saying that “there was no intention to block iMessage.” Further adding that the authority is checking with telecom operators on why Apple services have been blocked.

According to a Tweet sent by Dubai-based journalist Tom Gara, the ban is not just limited to iMessage, Apple’s other services – including Push Notifications – has also been affected.

However, there are some lucky users who have still been able to use iMessage service despite the ban, reported The National.

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