After multiple flip-flops, WhatsApp has finally released the voice-calling feature for all Android users. You will need to download version 2.11.528 from the Play Store or version 2.11.531 from the WhatsApp website. (iOS to follow later)
The voice-calling can be activated is by receiving a call from someone whose voice-calling is already activated. After you get the call, you need to close and then reopen the app. After that, instead of seeing the most recent chats, you will get three tabs namely Calls, Chats and Contacts. The call tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls at the precise times.
As we all know, Viber and Several Voice Calling Apps have been blocked in many Arab countries, now that WhatsApp have this feature, rumor has it that WhatsApp will be blocked once this feature is enabled for all users.
“Vodafone” an Egyptian Telecom company, has been in talk with the officials in Egypt about the declining revenues and profits of the company due to the declining number of regular calls per user; and its concerns about how much this feature can terribly affect these numbers.
Egyptian officials declined to Block WhatsApp as the Egyptian and Arab laws do not give the permission to block applications and to prevent their use since this goes back to the judicial authorities.
Note that Telecom companies can realize profits by providing Mobile Data Bundles (3G/4G) and more options for subscribers. There’s no issue from this matter!
Telecom company “Etisalat” started blocking Whatsapp Call on mobile data this Sunday (March 15); It’s still accessible on WiFi though.
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