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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Will iMessage be blocked like FaceTime?

Apple's announcement last night that it had a competitor to RIM's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), with the launch of iMessage was greeted with enthusiasm all over the world.  RIM has been very clear in saying that BBM is an integral part of their growth strategy and we in fact even speculated if this was enough of a differentiator in a previous post on our blog (click here to read it).

Image courtesy: engadget.com

However, as excited as all of us in the UAE got, we have to keep this in perspective until we get clarity from Apple, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) or any of the telecom service providers on whether iMessage will be accessible in the UAE because other Apple Apps like FaceTime have been blocked in this region.

iMessage it could be argued could be allowed because BBM is allowed but until we don't have clarity, it may be a bit early to start jumping for joy.  RIM will no doubt be happy to hear there is cloud of confusion that exists for iMessage as this could mean BBM could still remain their main differentiating factor moving forward in the UAE for a few more months at least.

Posted By: Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer, Jacky's Electronics


  1. imessage is no allowed...UAE in the region section is not mentioned

  2. how sad.. do you think there is any chance it will be functioning soon. i updated iphone4 to ios5 and cant activate imessage..

  3. Oh Chucks...!! Down with this Autocratic GOVERNEMT....

  4. no face time, no imessage
    why is uae and dubai so mean to iphone buyers
    why are we paying for iphone if key software is not working
    why is iphone not informing us
    why is the communication companies (over protected babies - etisalat and du) not informing us

  5. We are also human beings who bought the iPhone and want to have fun with it -.- wtf is wrong with this stupid shit they've been doing lately, what the hell is the problem with FaceTime? What the hell is the problem with iMessage?! I'm sick of this crap -.- THIS THING IS ALLOWED IN EVERY FREAKING CITY AND HERE COMES ETISALAT AND BLOCKS IT. Way to keep us 'communicated'

  6. Hi..this is strange..i brought an iphone 5 but ever since i bought it, i noticed that imessage is available and working but their is no facetime. Rite now, i am using this phone in India...Is there any way to enable facetime?

    1. It all depends on the device. If the hardware is from the UAE, then in most likelihood, it'll have FaceTime disabled. There is no way to really get this enabled unless an Apple Store can help you with this possibly.