FaceTime is still disabled in iOS 4.3 beta on iPhone 4 units sold by Mobily, Etisalat, Du, Vodafone Qatar, Vodafone Eqypt and Mobinil.
Three months ago we talked about a RegionFeatures file found iOS devices including the iPad. The file includes restrictions on the device based on the country. For Japan it’s a loud shutter sound (SHUTTER), China iPhones apparently have no wifi (NOWIFI) and in the Middle East it’s no FaceTime/VOIP (NOVOIP). Middle East devices’ model numbers end with AB or AE.
RegionFeatures file can be found on all iOS devices. iPod touch units sold in the Middle East have a model number that ends with AB so FaceTime is disabled too. And whenever Apple decides to sell the rumored iPad 2 in the region then it won’t include FaceTime as well.
For the latest news regarding the FaceTime ban in the Middle East: The story so far.
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