According to an internal Mobily announcement, the “official excuse” that mobily is telling customers is that the Communication of Information Technology Commission (CITC) had regulations that prevented the FaceTime service (not app) from functioning.
Here is the actual announcement text:
Dear Respectable Colleagues,
Reference to the below mail, we would like to inform you that Facetime app (???) will not be available in iPhone 4 devices.
In case of receiving inquiries from customers, please follow the below script:
“Due to complying on Communication of Information Technology Commission (CITC) regulations, Mobily apologizes for not having the Face Time app (again with app???) now”.
What regulations prevent a service such as FaceTime? FaceTime uses Wi-Fi to connect and is considered similar to Skype, a service not blocked by CITC’s regulations.
What do you think? Will you return your crippled iPhone 4 based on that? You can easily get a UK issued iPhone 4 and have FaceTime enabled.
It’s strange that in the UAE Etisalat is trying to clarify the problem with Apple, not TRA. Thanks @aoun1at for that Etisalat link.
Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac Arabic Edition.