Microsoft owned Skype which is one of the widely used Voice over internet application got banned in the United Arab Emirates for providing unlicensed VOIP services. Skype used the internet to connect PC, Laptop, Mobiles, and tablets. Skype with their VOIP services has been challenging many telecom giants over the years.
According to Khaleej Times
“The access to the Skype app is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates’ Regulatory Framework,” Etisalat said earlier this week”
The banning of Skype has caused many expatriates to take up costly telecom plans for calling their families abroad. Few have started looking for Skype alternatives in UAE. For them, we have compiled a list of apps and software which do act as an alternative to skype in the United Arab Emirates.
Alternatives for Skype in the United Arab Emirates
For those who are searching for working alternatives of Skype, here is the list of top 3 apps which works well on iOS and Android. Skype has been banned due to unlicensed voice over internet protocol services. The nations two telecom giants Etisalat and Du ARE are providing unlimited calling services through BOTIM and C’Me with a small charge.
With Skype being out of the picture, many of the telcos have started luring customers with exciting offers. BOTIM is one such.
BOTIM – Unlimited Free Call App
BOTIM is one of the most searched apps in google.ae after the recent ban on Skype. Etisalat has recommended BOTIM, it is a free to download app available on both Playstore and APP Store. BOTIM provides unlimited calling opportunity with a small subscription fee. BOTIM charges around AED 50 and AED 100 depending on your connection ( mobile and Home)
Botim does not need any VPN for getting started, and it is 100% legal to use BOTIM in UAE. Now let’s check out the features of Botim.
Features of BOTIM
- Botim supports all type of network connections, i.e it can run on 4G,3G,2G and wired connections. In Dubai, the application works perfectly on Etisalat and Du.
- Botim free call app uses encryption to transmit data, that means your conversations are totally safe.
- The botim application works across the world. Botim user base in UAE will increase tremendously after the ban on Skype.
- Botim app is pretty much similar to that of Whatsapp. Botim allows users to create groups like in WhatsApp. This feature improves its usability.
Download BOTIM App – Android
Download BOTIM App – iOS
C’Me – Voice and Video Calls
This is one another app recommended by Etisalat and DU. C’Me enables you to make voice and video calls. This application also comes with a small subscription rate. Here is how you can subscribe to the services provided by both applications.
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