China Bans VoIP/Skype
China has officially made all Voice-over IP services in China illegal besides the ones offered by the state-run China Telecom and China Unicom. In effect this action bans the use of Skype and many other popular VoIP service here. As of now Skype can still be used through their Chinese partner Tom.com, although that site is likely to bite the bullet soon enough. China did the same back in 2006, but began issuing VoIP licenses to foreign companies again in 2008 right around the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Most people, like myself, use VPN’s to access sites like Facebook and Twitter (which are already banned here) and will just have to add Skype to that list.
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