New 2018 year started from absolutely fantastic show in Dubai and also from really bad news: Skype was banned in UAE both by Etisalat and DU. What can we do now? How to unblock Skype in UAE in 2018? Read below and you will find a solution.
Both Internet service providers in the United Arab Emirates confirmed that all unlicensed and unauthorized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Services are not supported in the country. Skype, Line, WhatsApp, IMO, Facebook calling, Google’s Duo, Facetime and other similar services are now officially not available in UAE.
Previously this year TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) confirmed that any VOIP applications or services must be approved by the applicable regulatory framework in the country. Unfortunately Skype is not among licensed applications.
How to Unblock Skype in UAE in 2018
The good news that you still can use Skype and similar services in UAE in 2018. All you need for this is VPN – virtual private network.
VPN masks your real IP address and lets to bypass any kind of Internet limits.
Some people in UAE afraid using VPN. However, according to official TRA’s internet guidelines on prohibited content, point 14 on illegal communication services, states,
“This category includes internet content that promotes or allows access to illegal communication services according to a regulation or decision by the competent authority.”
Private persons, aside from some corporate organisations, don’t actually run any risk of going to jail and paying a fine as long as they don’t use VPN to commit any cyber crime. So you can safely use Skype and stay in touch with your family using Skype in UAE. You can also consider some alternatives to Skype, like IMO, WhatsApp calling, Line and others.
Skype will be banned in the UAE starting Jan 1st. In order to use FREE VoIP apps, you’ll have to SUBSCRIBE to a package & use whichever of the only TWO apps that no one uses cause it’s “REGULATED” by the UAE.
Just when expats didn’t think it’ll get worse for them.
Last days we have received a lot of questions and letters from people from Morocco.
How to unblock Skype in Morocco?
How to access Skype from Morocco?
Can I use Viber from Morocco?
How to unblock Viber?
It is possible to use WhatsApp in Morocco ?
Why I cannot use VOIP in Morocco?
We have investigated the problem and find out that recently most of Internet calling services and messengers were blocked in Morocco.
Morocco: Skype, Viber, Facebook and WhatsApp calls were blocked by telecommunication service providers (including the Telcos, Maroc Telecom, Meditel, and Inwi).
This violates the principle of Network Neutrality and the fundamental rights of people.
People from Morocco are lifting their voices to fight for their right to free expression. They launched multiple petitions on Change.org and Avaaz immediately after the three leading telcos shut off access to VoIP services. Thousands of people have already signed the petitions, which advise the national telecommunications regulator to investigate the blocking, and which also call on telcos directly to end their illegal restrictions.
We believe that internet blocks are a violation of human rights and must be stopped.
However while the restrictions are still working you can avoid them using VPN solution.
VPN is virtual private network that makes you secure and anonymous in the Internet.
You IP address is hidden behind the VPN and you can access any service you like.
Using Sahrzad VPN you can:
Unblock Skype in Morocco
Use VOIP services
Access any restricted website.
This is safe and secure solution.
You can use vpn on any device that supports vpn technology with Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android and others platforms.
Now you can get Free Spider VPN application from Amazon!
It looks like there are some problems with Skype since yesterday in many countries on the world.
Skype is not working in UAE and others Gulf countries.
This problem is also present in many others countries on all continents.
Skype not working! Skype not connecting!
Skype not responding! Skype not singing in!
These are the most frequent issues people descibe.
This problem was confirmed by official Skype support:
“We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix.”
“We have identified the network issue which prevented users from logging in and using Skype today. We’re in the process of reconnecting our users, and focused on restoring full service. The issue did not affect Skype for Business users.” (source)
We’ll be waiting for resolving this issue and inform you when everything be fixed.
Skype not working in Europe
The first reports of problems with the app began around 11:00 GMT.
The Redmond firm says instant messages and Skype for Web are working fine and it is hard at work to restore the rest of the service.
Earlier this morning, Skype published a statement on its website: “We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways.
We’re working on a fix for this issue
“If you’re signed in to Skype, you will not be able to change your status and your contacts will all show as offline even if they are online.
“As a result, you won’t be able to start Skype calls to them.
“A small number of messages to group chats are not being delivered, but in most cases you can still instant message your contacts.
“If you aren’t signed in to Skype, you may be experiencing difficulty when attempting to sign in.
“Any changes to your Skype account such as your Credit balance or your profile details might take a little while to be displayed.
“You may also have difficulty loading web pages on the Skype Community. For that reason, please check back here for future updates.
“We’re doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon.
“Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved.”
Status aggregator Down Detector claims almost half of all reported issues with Skype are from users having trouble logging into the service.
Meanwhile, video and voice calls account for some 28 per cent and the ability to send and receive message account for 27 per cent.