Monday, 26 June 2017

Photos: Some devices can no longer use Skype in UAE, so has Skype been blocked here?

For many UAE expats, one of the easiest ways to get in touch with their relatives back home is through Skype.
The app allows expats to talk to their families -- be it voice calls or video calls.
However, Skype has recently announced that they will be retiring the service on certain devices. This came to light when Skype sent out emails to users informing them of the move.
According to the image above, Skype will no longer be accessible on devices running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, Messaging App for Windows 10 Mobile, Windows RT and TV. Starting July 1, users of devices running these versions of Windows software won't be able to access Skype.
If you are using one of these versions, you have a couple of options: accessing Skype on desktop, or on other platforms such as Android and iOS.
This news comes after Skype introduced a complete overhaul of the popular app which promises an intimate way to communicate and share your life with your loved ones.
Skype has confirmed it has been blocked in the UAE. 
The reasons have not yet been given by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) or Skype, but the communication provider released a statement on its website confirming the blocking.
Read their statement:

Is Skype blocked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)?

It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by both of the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates. That means you won't be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates.Unfortunately, there is very little Skype can do about this situation. The best course of action would be for you to speak to your ISP and ask why they are blocking Skype and request that they unblock our site and services.

Wow, this isn't cool!

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