VOIP Blocking in Dubai
It is a sad news from itp.net to our friends based in Dubai Free Zone since After January 30, users based in Dubai Free Zone and Emaar properties will not be able to call phone lines from their PCs via services such as Skype. An excerpt of the news is copied below from here . I do hope Philippines will not follow the same with Dubai.
DIC Telecom to follow Etisalatâ€™s VoIP blocking lead
by Matthew Wade
After January 30, users based in Dubai Free Zone and Emaar properties will not be able to call phone lines from their PCs via services such as Skype.
The telco provider that supplies internet services to users based in Dubaiâ€™s Free Zone and Emaar residential buildings, DIC Telecom, will block voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone calls from the end of this month.
The move, briefly outlined in an SMS message to customers yesterday, is being made in order to comply with the UAE regulatorâ€™s instructions.
The full text of the SMS sent reads: â€œAs per TRA instructions, starting Jan 07 we will prevent the ability to make PC to phone internet VoIP calls. For queries, call Customer Care on 04 390 5555.â€
Hello : good blog, simply trying around the few blogs, seems a reasonably nice platform you are using. I’m presently using WordPress for the few of my personal sites however wanting to change one in all associated with them over to the platform kind associated with like yours the shot operate. Something in sometimes shocking might recommend concerning it?
The cheapest of them all to call Philippines. Visit: http://www.YeheyCall.com $0.01 (1c) per minute.
After travelling in Dubai (UAE) and in China, I found a software that unblock Skype and censored contents in some countries.
I know Skype is blocked or there is censor in the following countries : Belize, China, Columbia, Cuba, Jordan, UAE …
After searching internet, I found a way to make calls and to access censored content in those countries using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
How does it works ?
A VPN encrypte the data you send on internet to a US IP adress (tunnel). This way your Internet Services Provider can’t detect you are using Skype or another VoIP software ! It allow you access to censored content and geographical locked contents (i.e: listening radio on pandora.com , watching TV streams for US residents, …).
There is a lot of VPN softwares, the first I tried was VPNaccounts. I didn’t like it because it took a lot of time for activation, it was expensive and helpdesk support was very slow.
A friend of mine who lives in Belize told me about another VPN software called Witopia personnalVPN.
Now I am using Witopia personnalVPN. It is easier to use (you just have to launch the software before launching Skype), faster and cheaper than all other VPN softwares I tried.
It costs 39.99$ and works perfectly.
You can download it from the editor’s website : http://www.witopia.personnalvpn.helpnote.net/
Works on Windows and Mac.
I hope this post will help people who are in those countries and reducing censorship !
Contact me if you need more information.
Is there a free VPN service or cheaper than $40 perhaps? Last time I was in Dubai I wasn’t able to make any VoIP calls and I use Onesuite.com to call US and the Philippines.
$40 though is too much for me especially if I don’t make that too many calls and I don’t stay too long on the phone.
Yahoo messenger, Skype, Microsoft Messenger and Vonage offer a subscriber the ability to “call” someone using Softphone / ATA / Gateway / IP Phone / IAD. However, several ISPs are blocking or degrading this service in order to force a consumer to use a ISP sponsored service. States such as the UAE block this technology outright while US corporations, such as Clearwire, claim that they might degrade the quality of competing services by adding choppy and delayed services.
SpeedVoIP is a leader in circumventing VoIP blocking imposed by ISP or Telco. For vision of Net Neutrality, VoiceGuardÂ® is created to address a growing number of ISPs who either degrade or block voice services over their networks. VoiceGuardÂ® gives choice back to the subscribers or customers of ITSP.
[…] VOIP Blocking in Dubai […]