UAE: Skype VoIP Internet Calls Officially OPENED by Etisalat: Consumers’ Victory!?

Breaking News: After a long struggle by the telecom consumers, finally the D’Day is here, now UAE/Gulf/Dubai residents can make free or cheap unlimited VoIP calls, video calls over popular VoIP brand Skype from UAE to their home, friends or any where in the world,

Stop Press: Officially, now the Etisalat has opened the Skype VoIP data calls over its network to the UAE consumers, though it would make some ‘huge’ losses to the Etisalat in returns in terms of revenues, as customers will take the route of cheap or free Skype calls rather than using its telco or calling cards to make the foreign calls,


But this is a welcome and essential step and was in demand from the years; still Etisalat has many ways to enhance revenues, like selling its own VoIP cards, enhancing data price or reduce the data limit, no we are not saying, that you should cut the pockets your customer, but give them the best and earn the best so we all are there for a long in this long term VoIP gaming : )


Now in UAE, or while 'scaling' the heights or depth in Burj-Al-Arab ... use Microsoft’s Skype legally from web, smart mobiles, tablets, just use Skype app to make audio or video live chat and be happy with your family-facetime!


UAE: Skype VoIP Internet Calls Officially OPENED by Etisalat: Consumers’ Victory!?
UAE: Skype VoIP Internet Calls Officially OPENED by Etisalat: Consumers’ Victory!?
Quote from Reuters:

The statement did not say whether Skype-to-phone calls were also now possible and Etisalat did not reply to requests for more comment. It initially announced it had unblocked access to Skype's website last week via Twitter, then deleted the tweet.


"It is becoming less sustainable to maintain restrictions on VoIP because the way people use communications is rapidly changing," said Matthew Reed, a principal analyst at Informa in Dubai. "So there is an argument that it's better for operators to find a way to work with over-the-top internet players such as Skype, rather than forlornly trying to fight market trends."

UAE: Skype VoIP Internet Calls Officially OPENED by Etisalat: Consumers’ Victory!?
UAE: Skype VoIP Internet Calls Officially OPENED by Etisalat: Consumers’ Victory!?
Now it seems soon Gulf / Dubai users would also be able to use another VoIP / mobile VoIP providers like Viber, Facetime from Apple, TuGo, Blackberry BBM VoIP messenger calling etc. fingers should be crossed, 

We have also to wait and watch for another UAE telco DU’s decision in respect to unblocking of VoIP, Skype etc. now forget VPN or another illegal grey routes to make VoIP free to cheap calling and use white market, legal route to make Skype!



FYI: For the users of DU, the Skype already is unblocked from past several days, as we have reported it too, though still an official word from DU is awaited, that this is not a glitch now!

Well, last but not least: TRA is of the view now that: 

"VoIP via Skype is still UNAUTHORIZED in UAE" ... what a mockery? Etisalat says they have 'officially' unblocked SKYPE VOIP but TRA says the above statement, which version is the official and correct one?

http://gulfnews.com/business/telecoms/voip-through-skype-still-unauthorised-in-uae-tra-1.1168558


http://gulftoday.ae/portal/cee03db5-96a6-49f9-8364-00be609da028.aspx


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