Earlier this week, Etisalat and du confirmed the ban on Skype in the UAE. In official statements, both providers stated that unlicensed and unauthorized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Services are not supported in the UAE.
Skype now shares the same fate as other services such as Google’s Duo, Apple’s Facetime and WhatsApp’s Calling.
In an earlier statement, UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed that any applications or services of this type must comply with the applicable regulatory framework in the country. Access to such VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. And companies wishing to offer such services must co-ordinate with the licensed telecom providers in the UAE.
Legal Alternatives to Skype in the UAE
In order to use VoIP services legally, both telecom providers have suggested VoIP-based apps BOTIM and C’Me. These apps are now both added as part of their “unlimited” voice and video call services.
Here’s how you can get it.
Starting at a monthly fee of Dh50 for mobile users, Etisalat users can subscribe by sending an SMS ‘ICP’ to 1012 or through their Etisalat app. While du users can SMS ‘Netcall’ to 1355