A free video calling app is ringing in the changes as customers unable to make WhatsApp and Skype calls turn to ToTok.
The service – offered by Singaporean provider Botim – is already a hit with residents keen to keep in touch with friends and family.
Botim is already licensed by the UAE’s telecoms regulator and has tie-ups with Etisalat and du.
Its service – which customers currently pay from Dh50 per month for – will be replaced by new brand ToTok. That would make it the only free government-approved VoIP video app available in the UAE.
ToTok requires no subscription and can be used for messaging or conference calls of up to 20 people.
The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, with no internet calling plan required.
Users of Botim, a video and voice call app, received messages last week notifying them that the company would offer free calling services through ToTok.
“We’re excited to announce that Botim recently agreed to continue providing communication services under the ToTok brand,” the message read.
The message included a link for users of Botim to download the ToTok app.
It said users would receive free, unlimited calls with no adverts – something Botim introduced to its app in recent months.
Calling features provided by the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook and Microsoft-owned Skype have been restricted in the Emirates in recent years.