Vodafone Egypt has restored FaceTime services for iPhone 4 sold by the company (model numbers MC605AB and MC603AB). FaceTime was reactivated by a Carrier Update (version 10.1 for Vodafone Egypt).
It was then confirmed by Vodafone Egyptâ€™s official twitter account:
Mohammed Lubbad checked the RegionFeatures regional restrictions file and noticed that Apple didnâ€™t change it in iOS 4.3 GM. However Vodafoneâ€™s Carrier Update file included a boolean key named AllowsVoIP and itâ€™s set to â€œonâ€.
It also means that itâ€™s possible for a carrier to release a settings file with AllowsVoIP set to off and disable FaceTime on any iPhone 4 on their network.
These questions remain: When will FaceTime be enabled on iPhone 4 phones sold in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar? What about iPod touch? Will the missing countries be added to FaceTime for Mac? What about the upcoming iPad 2? These devices canâ€™t be fixed with a carrier settings update.
This image compares the old and new Vodafone Egypt Carrier Settings files:
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