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Skype in China

In 2007 Skype Inc. had made an agreement with China to solidify its position in the country and offer users a China-based version of the service named TOM-Skype, which is run by a joint venture between Skype and TOM Online (a unit of Hong Kong-based TOM Group Ltd).

The conversations made with TOM-Skype are being monitored, nearly one million messages were sent last year to remote servers responsible for collecting text messages and personal user information. “Users of regular Skype can be affected as well if at least one other person in the conversation is using TOM-Skype”, said Ronald Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Certain users have been placed on a blacklist based on several keywords TOM-Skype is listening for, and are now being monitored by the “Online Police”.

If you travel or live in China we recommend you to use the international version of Skype for obvious privacy reasons.

In China the home page of Skype redirects to the TOM-Skype software download, but there are several ways to get the US version of Skype, like using a proxy server, a VPN Service or a P2P download.

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What is Skype and where is it blocked

Skype is a  VoIP Application that enables users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional land-line telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system.

These fees are extremely small when compared to traditional telephony services, especially for long-distance calls. If you are traveling abroad and want to call your family back home, Skype can be a real life saver.

This creates a huge problem for several large government controlled  telecommunications service  providers that block such VoIP Applications in order to further enforce their monopoly and over-charge international calls.

Skype is blocked in the following countries : United Arabs Emirates,  Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Belize, Caribbean, Columbia, Cuba, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa .

The good news however is that you can easily unblock Skype with a VPN Service. A VPN is a encrypted tunnel between your computer and the Internet that allows you to bypass all Internet restrictions, including the block on Skype.

We recommend High Speed VPN, one of the fastest and most reliable VPN Service Providers available.

Unblock Skype with High Speed VPN

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