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BOTIM (Skype replacement)

March 5, 2018 / 556 / Category : Faqs

I subscribed to BOTIM and used it to call my family at home. The connection was dreadful. Picture and audio both sounded like I was calling on a dial up connection - although my family said the picture and audio was quite clear, not as good as skype by not as bad as what we had.

Has anyone else subscribed to this and what are you opinions of the service? Im hoping at least one person has experienced a good call?

38 Comments
  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Haha ok

  • kingpin_dxb
    2 years ago

    People are actually paying for that crap? You as a consumer, have the power to make them change their greedy ways by not giving them your hard earned money. Stop encouraging this greed.

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    I totally agree with what youre saying but I didnt do wrong. If the country blocks Skype, using a VPN to access skype is against the law. Theres nothing wrong with me paying a subscription for an alternative. Id rather pay and be able to speak to my family than not pay and not know if Ill be able to see them or not. Etisalat and Du can and will milk us for everything if they want to. I hope they dont, but until a valid, legal alternative becomes available what options are there. My original post was asking others who have paid for BOTIM if they had the same experiences - not an invitation to hate on the principal (no matter how valid your point of view is) and disrespect me by saying I did something wrong.

  • WorthLavishness
    2 years ago

    I will not down vote just because its a botim/cmim (or whatever name is) question. But I do feel you did wrong by paying this, you're validating etisalat/du thinking that they can milk us for everything. I'll not pay for something that the rest of the world gets for free, this is backwards thinking, and I really hope they open their eyes before 2020 as it will not look good.

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Thats interesting. Ill try it later. Thanks a lot!

  • onceinawhiledxb
    2 years ago

    I've been hearing everyone talking about skype being blocked for 2 months now, well for whatever reason skype is working as it used to do for me (only wifi) on du, both at home and work, no vpn, not skype for business.. no shenanigans whatsoever, I ain't even mad ...but just saying.

  • Mad-o-wat
    2 years ago

    If I use this service to use Skype, can't they track us ??

  • cyberkada
    2 years ago

    Developed by a single person. Hint. In the US it costs maybe $50 to get a business license. That's all Apple needs to be listed under a company name. Yet it's listed under an individual's name.

  • dubaitiger
    2 years ago

    just reading about BOTIM on etisalat website : Use this plan with your mobile data package to make voice and video calls even while on the move Really you charge people for using App and then they need to pay for data ...

  • nehadshariff
    2 years ago

    I realized the same, almost double the amount of data.

  • Schahid
    2 years ago

    I'm paying more for a VPN service. Will never encourage this daylight robbery.

  • dontdeportmeplz
    2 years ago

    nytb Or streisand.

  • dontdeportmeplz
    2 years ago

    Thats what china does, while they block things they make sure there are free local alternatives.. sometimes even better (wechat). However that is the smart approach and requires you to be competent enough to build a decent service. Much easier to force people into things because they dont have any alternative.

  • dontdeportmeplz
    2 years ago

    And for labourers who dont see thier family for 2 years at a time, its a big problem and can cause depression. 50 dirham for most of them is solid chunk of thier salary.

  • aouniat
    2 years ago

    You should be paying for a VPN, not botim

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    No idea mate. I had no problem with skype and FaceTime. Crystal clear with FaceTime actually. For some reason BOTIM is dreadful!

  • The_Gripen
    2 years ago

    Why is voip to the UAE so terrible?! Horrible audio, frequent lags and dreadful video calls. This happens whenever I call any of my friends in Dubai, but it isnt as bad when I talk to people in other countries (with slower internet). Are the ISPs throttling VOIP to push their international calling service?

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Interesting - and it works fine on UAE internet without a VPN?

  • linux_n00by
    2 years ago

    we were using skype for business. just subscribe to microsoft online and pay for like $5 per month

  • RollforExposure
    2 years ago

    More habbiness for all

  • Razzler1973
    2 years ago

    I don't know why they couldn't come up with their own equivlent to Skype but, like Skype, make it free but with the add ons, etc that you pay for that Skype did. To remove a world leading free service, in a city where a vast majority of people are expats, and not replace it is disgraceful. I hope they remember this next time they wonder why 'expats don't treat the UAE as though they live here' cause you constantly remind us this isn't 'home'. The knock on of companies that do business around the region that use Skype to communicate or conduct initial interviews, etc, it's insane what they have done here

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Also it keeps reminding me of the package Ive already paid for which is even more annoying!

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Yes that annoys me too!

  • Revert_Von_Needful
    2 years ago

    Pay 50 or 100 for app access and you still get the in app adds...fantastic.

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    I did notice my battery was pretty hammered actually. Thanks for your input.

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    I didnt think of that, thanks. I was using it at peak UAE time. Cheers

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    Thats interesting. Thanks for your input!

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    So how do you communicate with people outside of UAE?

  • MagnumTash
    2 years ago

    What do I expect? What are the other options!

  • dvidxoxo
    2 years ago

    a friend has subscribed and he is complaining battery drain issue

  • 3alyElKufieh
    2 years ago

    I used it once at 6:30 in the morning and it was crystal clear for me. I guess it depends on how many users are active.

  • Dubainewbie
    2 years ago

    Calling it a "replacement" is kinda insulting. Not supporting that thing with a single dirham.

  • Muhaisnah4
    2 years ago

    I've used BOTIM both as a free app and a paid one. When it was free, I never faced any issues with it (but I only used voice calling). When it was paid, it would at times give me errors. Also, noticed that when it became a paid service, it was using much higher data than when it was a free service.

  • hatedpeoplesinceday1
    2 years ago

    I had a good laugh at this.

  • thekrushr
    2 years ago

    Same. Even if it was the best VOIP service ever in the history of the universe, I would refuse on principle.

  • Delta4
    2 years ago

    You forgot to add the part about it being monitored

  • scre4m
    2 years ago

    Not paying a cent on a service that should be free in the first place.

  • Here_I_Am_What_Now
    2 years ago

    lol

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