It's official, Skype has been blocked in the UAE

It's official, Skype has been blocked in the UAE

03 Jan 2018

There are still alternatives you can use

Facing issues speaking to friends and family back home? Now you know why!

UAE's leading telecommunications companies Etisalat and du both confirmed that Skype has been banned in the UAE, citing that it's due to unlicensed VoIP calls.

"The access to the Skype app is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates' Regulatory Framework," Etisalat said earlier this week, reports Khaleej Times.

Why is VoIP prohibited though? Apparently, conversations taking place through it can be hacked into, resulting in privacy and security breaches. 

What are residents to do now? Well, Etisalat and du have provided alternatives, but at a price.

Botim and C'Me are two VoIP apps Etisalat and du have listed as being permissable to use here in the UAE. However, users will have to pay a monthly fee of Dhs50 or Dhs100 to use these services.

To see du's plan, click here and for a breakdown of Etisalat's offer, click here.

How will you be calling your friends and family back home now?