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In coronavirus lockdown, Gulf residents urge end to voice-call bans – Source Reuters Tech News

DUBAI (Reuters) – Residents in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states are urging telecom firms to further ease restrictions on free internet calls as coronavirus separates families and forces people to work and study from home.

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks in an almost empty mall amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File Photo

The UAE’s two telecommunications firms Etisalat and Du said they recently enabled Microsoft Teams over both wifi and mobile data connections as well as Blackboard, Zoom and CloudTalk — but appear to continue to block more popular applications.

“Please just listen to us. Unblock Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, even if it’s just temporary. 80% of the country is away from their homes,” urged Twitter user @danielmarcevans.

“If not now during the spread of the virus to allow us to communicate with our families, then when?” user Basem Saif tweeted on Sunday….

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