WhatsApp is seen with other mobile apps on a smartphone in Beijing, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on internet phone calls Thursday, a government spokesman said, in a bid to stimulate online business as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue.The lifting of the ban could pinch Saudi Arabia's three main telecoms operators -- Saudi Telecom Co (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi -- which earn substantial revenue from international phone and text calls made by the millions of expatriates living in the kingdom.The kingdom and its Gulf Arab neighbors have been concerned by the use of secure internet communication -- which experts say is harder to monitor -- especially by activists and militants.
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