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Egyptian liberation brings FaceTime to local iPhones

updated 02:10 pm EST, Sun March 6, 2011

Vodafone Egypt confirms FaceTime no longer blocked

Vodafone Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it had brought FaceTime to local iPhone 4 users for the first time as of Saturday. The liberation of the country from Mubarak's regime had removed the restrictions previously imposed upon it and would give it the same access as in other countries. Most users should have it soon, if not already, through a carrier update delivered through iTunes.

The previous government had used blocks on communication as a means of political control. During the height of attempts to suppress protests, the Mubarak government had temporarily blocked all landline and mobile Internet access. It had previously demanded arbitrary restrictions on phone functionality in the past, including disabled iPhone GPS.

Other countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, still block FaceTime themselves but more for cultural than political reasons. They often follow orthodox Muslim rules more strictly than in Egypt and consider the two-way video calls potentially immoral for local residents. [via SaudiMac]




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  1. facebook_Carlos

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    Joined: Mar 2011

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    Spelling error

    It's Egypti(a)n liberation with an A not an O. Please correct the spelling in your headline.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    incorrect

    "more for cultural than political reasons." Wrong, you'll have to cite proof. These are countries that try blocking Skype in order to keep the phone monopoly, not out of "cultural" reasons.

  1. brightonem

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Don't they have more important things to think abo

    I am really surprised, if not shocked to hear this. Don't they have more important things to think about at the moment? The country has gone through h*** and they have to sort all of their administration. It is unbelievable to see giving people to FaceTime was a priority for them. Very interesting...

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Are you kidding?

    This is a huge deal. This represents one of the baby steps in the right direction for the country. Don't undersell it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Don't they have more important things to think

    I am really surprised, if not shocked to hear this. Don't they have more important things to think about at the moment?

    You're right. The folks at Apple and Vodafone should be working on trying to come up with a new governmental plan, maybe push for a constitution or something.

    The country has gone through h*** and they have to sort all of their administration. It is unbelievable to see giving people to FaceTime was a priority for them. Very interesting...

    It wasn't a priority for them. And to think it had anything to do with FaceTime is silly. It probably was nothing but a comment like "release the hold on skype and similar communications from the government clampdown".

    Or do some of you think the current government was busy the last couple of days contacting Apple and vodafone trying to get them to release this restriction?

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