No FaceTime for Middle-East iPhone 4?

Looks like there's no FaceTime for the Middle-East version of iPhone 4 if local product pages are to be believed. Michael Rose of TUAW:

This adjustment to the product sites -- just ahead of the anticipated late September launch of the phone in these countries -- may represent merely a cosmetic tweak, keeping the cultural sensitivities of these largely Islamic countries in mind. Or it might mean the feature itself is going to be blocked for iPhone users there; note that it's not just the image that's changed, the current versions of the iPhone pages omit the description of FaceTime as well.

If FaceTime is missing in function and not just in image, will this change any Middle-Eastern reader's mind about getting a local version? Does it make an unlocked iPhone from abroad more appealing?


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