Yes, it was inevitable.. The signs were there (days before the international release)..
Am sure that it's old news by now for many, so I'm not really giving you breaking news here.. ME Phone carriers sold the iPhone 4, promoting it's features on their websites WITH Facetime included, which caused an expected backlash of course.. Now, there's a possibility for legal action to be taken against the carriers, first in line, Saudi Arabia's Mobily (who're blaming the upper management)..
And that's the most probable theory..
My personal opinion: Apple disabled FaceTime for one of two reasons: they saw the mess with the Blackberry Messenger ban in UAE and decided to disable FaceTime to avoid Drama or a regulatory authority in the region asked Apple to disable it. -Khaled via SaudiMacBut what's so dangerous about Facetime and why is it "assumed" to be dangerous? Well, it has nothing to do with sex, i promise you.. It's one little technology that doesn't seem to be very popular with our loving and caring authorities.. According to Wiki:
So, the same lock-down that hovered over RIM in the middle east (and later avoided by a settlement of some sort), you won't be seeing any real-time none-static Faces on your Retina displays (unless it's me you're talking to, ha ha i know).. Settle for that, or work around it, but nothing official seems to be taken by those responsible..
FaceTime is based on numerous technologies:
Do you think the legal action will settle on refunds? or will the authorities listen to the angry consumer (I lol'd on this one)?
[update: SaudiMac looked under the hood of the new Mid-East iOS update, and found some interesting reveals.. No official statements from Apple or CITC, so it's almost solved, but not officially.. Don't you just love the mystery?]