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This article was published on September 9, 2010

Google Voice Not Reaching MENA Anytime Soon

Google Voice Not Reaching MENA Anytime Soon
Ahmad F Al-Shagra
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra

Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.

This week has been a rollercoaster of fabricated news related to Google Voice hitting the MENA region, which was picked up by ‘almost’ every regional online blog and publication there is, we of course waited for the hype to die down to let you know: It’s not gonna happen.

Based on a more realistic piece on BusinessIntelligence Middle East yesterday, the search giant has denied any plans on launching a Middle Eastern flavor of their recently launched VoIP service called Google Voice currently only available in the US, read the full TNW coverage here.

It’s also safe to say this debunks all assumptions and rumors that spun-off the original MENA Google Voice service story, leading to a possible end to Gmail services in the region. Till this date most VoIP services are banned in the MENA region in countries like the UAE and Syria.