ABU DHABI – A new feature that allows smartphone users to make absolutely free calls over the internet via Whatsapp has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the Dubai-based telecom operator du, “Voice calls through WhatsApp are blocked in agreement with the UAE’s telecommunication regulations that allow Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services (including WhatsApp voice) to be provided in the country only by licensed telecom operators.”
Many of the users were unhappy with this decision as with the help of calling feature in Whatsapp they used to make calls easily to their family and relatives living abroad but now it could be not easy for them to make a free call.
It is pertinent to mention here that WhatsApp Voice allows users to make calls anywhere and removes the need for phone credit to be spent when on Wi-Fi.
Whatsapp, a mobile messaging service which is being bought by Facebook added a voice calling feature was rolled out for Android devices globally in recent days.
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