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Video calling in KSA

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jomidmum Tue 10-May-16 10:29:10

Hi, wondering what would be recommended for free / inexpensive video calling. We're in Saudi Arabia and yesterday Facebook calling was blocked.....adding to the blocked what's app voice, viber, skype and a few others.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Hopefully one which is uncomplicated to set up, as our elderly relatives need to be able to use it. Thanks!

sphinxster Tue 10-May-16 13:24:12

Can you get a VPN and bypass the overly strict censoring? It means you can also get bbc iplayer, 4od etc. wink

jomidmum Tue 10-May-16 14:01:57

Thanks. We already have a VPN but the facebook calling service is still blocked. Most people we know are still finding calling services are blocked even with a VPN.

ChopsticksandChilliCrab Wed 11-May-16 10:47:40

We use Facetime with no problem.

jomidmum Wed 11-May-16 11:21:54

We can use facetime ok but you can only use it with other people with Apple products.
It is the Facebook messenger video calling which is blocked (among others) which we use with my elderly inlaws.

ChopsticksandChilliCrab Wed 11-May-16 16:01:00

We bought MIL an ipad so that we could all Facetime, it works really well.

InTheSandPit Fri 13-May-16 15:31:35

Skype + VPN still working for us.

orangebird69 Fri 13-May-16 20:54:43

I live in Riyadh and use Skype without a vpn no problem.....

orangebird69 Fri 13-May-16 20:55:52

Mil ftd dh today no problem too?

jomidmum Sat 14-May-16 10:11:57

Thanks everyone. As I've said, Facetime is fine, but buying an ipad for everyone financially isn't an option; anyway many of our friends and family don't use Apple products anyway for ethical reasons.
Skype doesn't work in our area. It works in some areas. We have highspeed internet and skype doesn't work with or without a VPN. It works slightly better from my husband's work. I'm glad it works for others: it doesn't work for us and many of our friends here.
Thankfully Facebook messenger video calling has now been allowed again. In the meantime, if anyone has any helpful suggestions of alternatives to skype, facetime, viber and facebook messenger I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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