1. Evochamp's Avatar
    Hi, I would like to know if I want to buy an iPhone 8 or X from UAE, will FaceTime work if the first setup is in Egypt, where we have FaceTime active?
    10-29-2017 05:45 AM
  2. darius_robin's Avatar
    Depends, if you buy it from uae.souq.com (I recommend you do so), then you have the choice of the iPhone with or without FaceTime. Most other retailers (including Apple.com/ae and Apple Stores) only offer the phones without FaceTime, no matter where you activate it.
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    10-29-2017 06:04 AM
  3. Evochamp's Avatar
    Depends, if you buy it from uae.souq.com (I recommend you do so), then you have the choice of the iPhone with or without FaceTime. Most other retailers (including Apple.com/ae and Apple Stores) only offer the phones without FaceTime, no matter where you activate it.
    Bought one from Apple UAE (didn’t receive yet), as Apple support told me, if I use with an unrestricted FaceTime SIM, FaceTime will work.
    12-12-2017 05:48 AM
  4. darius_robin's Avatar
    Bought one from Apple UAE (didn’t receive yet), as Apple support told me, if I use with an unrestricted FaceTime SIM, FaceTime will work.
    Well, I never knew that. The two major carriers in the UAE, Du and Etisalat, have blocked VoIP services, including FaceTime and WhatsApp calling. I don’t know how changing the SIM is going to work.
    12-13-2017 08:50 AM
  5. Evochamp's Avatar
    True, it is the carrier that blocks FaceTime, my older iPhone 6 Plus was from Jarir in Saoudy Arabia and FaceTime worked fine when I used my Egyptian Vodafone SIM (never used it in SA really).
    12-13-2017 12:30 PM
  6. darius_robin's Avatar
    True, it is the carrier that blocks FaceTime, my older iPhone 6 Plus was from Jarir in Saoudy Arabia and FaceTime worked fine when I used my Egyptian Vodafone SIM (never used it in SA really).
    But, some models have been specifically made for countries like UAE. My iPad 3 didn’t have the app itself. My iPhone 7 has the FaceTime app, with a Du SIM or without.

    Take this for example.
    This one doesn’t have FaceTime: https://uae.souq.com/ae-en/apple-iph...er-24051449/i/
    This one has FaceTime: https://uae.souq.com/ae-en/apple-iph...er-24051435/i/

    Somehow, the one with FaceTime is slightly cheaper.
    12-14-2017 08:54 AM
  7. Evochamp's Avatar
    But, some models have been specifically made for countries like UAE. My iPad 3 didn’t have the app itself. My iPhone 7 has the FaceTime app, with a Du SIM or without.

    Take this for example.
    This one doesn’t have FaceTime: https://uae.souq.com/ae-en/apple-iph...er-24051449/i/
    This one has FaceTime: https://uae.souq.com/ae-en/apple-iph...er-24051435/i/

    Somehow, the one with FaceTime is slightly cheaper.
    Well, I’ll update you when I receive the phone hopefully next week.
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    12-14-2017 08:59 AM
  8. ahmedsaad89's Avatar
    Any updates, please?
    01-02-2018 06:25 PM
  9. Evochamp's Avatar
    Any updates, please?
    Hello, very sorry for being late to update. Yes off course FaceTime works on my iPhone X which I purchased from the UAE APPLE Store, using Vodafone Egypt’s SIM card.
    01-22-2018 12:12 AM

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