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UAE telecom operators blocked WhatsApp voice calling feature

DUBAI: United Arad Emirates (UAE) telecom providers has blocked WhatsApp free voice calling feature which allowed users to call on any contact absolutely free.

The Dubai-based telecom operator du confirmed in a statement that it has indeed blocked the new feature for its mobile subscribers even as the service continues to work for some on Wi-Fi networks.

“Voice calls through WhatsApp are blocked in compliance with the UAE’s telecommunication regulations that allow VoIP services (including WhatsApp voice) to be provided in the country only by licensed telecom operators,” the du spokesperson said in a statement e-mailed in response to a query by Emirates 24|7.

The use of VoIP services such as Skype, BBM Voice or Viber is illegal in the UAE and telecom operators scramble such services in the country.

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