WhatsApp calls now available in the UAE
UPDATED: Mobile messaging app WhatsApp offers free VoIP calls which now appear to be working in the UAE
In a surprise turn of events, voice and video calls on WhatsApp appear to be fully functional in the UAE.
The instant messaging app includes voice and video calling, however this was blocked in the UAE as it is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
As of today, individuals have taken to social media platforms to query the change and that the VoIP service is now working on both WiFi and mobile data.
There is no official announcement from the authorities on why the service is now working or how long it will last for.
The UAE's Telecom Regulatory Authority previously stated that: "VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. Companies wishing to offer such services must co-ordinate with the licensed telecom providers in the UAE."
UPDATE: The TRA has released the following statement confirming there is no change its VoIP policy: "The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) clarifies that there is no change in the UAE's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Policy. TRA reconfirms that any applications or services of this type must comply with the applicable regulatory framework in the country."