But local reports have speculated that it is a way of protecting the revenues of traditional telecoms companies.
Video and voice calling allows people to call over the internet rather than phone networks, avoiding the expense that can often come with calling outside of the country or for extended times.
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Saudi Arabia, which had already blocked features of most chat apps, has moved to block Facebook Messenger.
ALEX: They had four so four people could be on at the same time. Companies that provided these services would split the proceeds with France Telecom, and quickly everyone was making a ton of money.
BOTH: [laugh] ALEX: But the reason we’re talking about it is because we have a story this week from producer Carla Green. What it actually did was convince the French government to distribute a $200 computer to every French household with a phone number.
Internet calling over Whats App and Viber were already blocked.
Similar apps including Tango and Line are still available in the country.
The service had been banned because it failed to “comply with regulations”, an official told local news services.
It threatened that any other app that fails to comply with those regulations will also be banned.
In fact, live customer service chat is becoming more and more popular everyday.