While numerous popular video calling apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceTime remain officially blocked in the UAE, residents have been urged by the country's authorities to use other legal alternatives to connect with their friends and family.

du, one of the UAE's largest telecommunications service providers, offers a service whereby subscribers can make infinite video calls by paying a fixed monthly rate of as low as 50 dirhams (plus VAT).

Using either C'Me or BOTIM (both apps are available on iOS and Android devices), du allows users to have an unlimited app to app voice and video calling experience across the world.

Here are 5 reasons why UAE residents should download these video calling apps:

1. You can make unlimited video and voice calls from the UAE to your home country

2. BOTIM allows you to group chat with up to 500 people anywhere in the world

3. C'Me provides an amazing HD video call experience

4. du is offering a 15-day free trial of its 'Internet Calling Pack'

To make the most of this special offer and activate the trial on your du mobile, send 'ICP' to 1012.

5. It's the only legal alternative to Skype or FaceTime

In the UAE, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) remains illegal to use, as VoIP - being an internet-based service - carries serious risks related to privacy issues, voice phishing, and hacking, among other vulnerabilities.

Referring to its regulatory policy on the service, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has previously stated that VoIP falls under No. 14 on its list of prohibited internet content.

Source: Www.du.ae

Du's new Internet Calling Pack offers you unlimited voice and video calls with your friends and family members.

Sign up for a 15-day free trial on your du mobile line by sending 'ICP' via SMS to 1012.