It is very strange that Saudi Arabia was not included in Apple’s press release announcing that announced the iPad 2 in UAE and several other countries. Apple continues to ignore Saudi Arabia and treats the UAE as if itâ€™s the only country in the Middle East.
According to my sources in Saudi’s communications authority, CITC, they never contacted Apple and asked them to remove FaceTime or censor the Apple App Store. I believe that the UAE’s communications authority, TRA, is the one that asked Apple to remove them and for some reason they applied it on Saudi Arabiaâ€™s devices and app store. We tried to contact the TRA and we got no response.
I also worry that due to the lack of FaceTime, gray market vendors will hike their imported iPad 2 prices.
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