du unblocks Skype calls [UPDATE]
Update: du has told The National that it has made no changes to its VOIP services, including Skype.
“There has been no change in the treatment of VoIP (voice over internet protocol) traffic, including Skype, on our networks," the company said in a statement.
In an expected turn of events, du has blocked Skype calls to phone lines which was available yesterday and reported by us as working fine. After The National update, we tried the service again and while our calls connected, the sound quality was abysmal to the point that it was completely inaudible. If you are having better luck than us, let us know in the comments below.
Original: du has lifted its ban from using Microsoft's popular VOIP service Skype, The National reports. du subscribers can now access and download the Skype application, buy credits, and call landlines and mobile phones with their Skype account.
It is unclear if the unblock is permanent, as apparently this is not the first time the service was made available, but was blocked soon after.
We can confirm that Skype indeed works at the time of writing. I tried calling my colleague Nick Rego's mobile from a Skype account and it worked just alright (sound quality wasn't the best). We did not try buying Skype credits, however.
We have contacted du for an official statement. We will update this space if we receive a reply.
Skype is still blocked on Etisalat, unfortunately.