It seems Skype likes staying in the news these days as much as China likes banning stuff. The last victim we saw being Google, the country's set its sights on a new target. The government of China has banned all Voice over Internet Protocol services, including internet big-wig, Skype.

If Frankie says “Relax”, China says “No Skype”

The only VoIP services that can continue are those run by government run services like China Telecom and China Unicom. This step was taken to check in on dissidents that use VoIP services to communicate. Skype, being the popular, multi-platform service that it is, released a statement which showed how users could get around the ban.

“Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner. TOM Online offers local versions of Skype for Windows, MAC as well as mobile platforms such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. More details can be found at,” a spokeswoman said.

Skype recently updated its iPhone application to enable video chat just after having a major outage and is now making amends for the outage. What's your next move Skype?

Publish date: December 31, 2010 10:40 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:05 pm

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