Mysterious firm offers key to voice apps

A UK firm is currently offering a software application that is designed to let UAE-based internet users access VoIP apps such as Skype and Yahoo Voice.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  December 4, 2006

A UK firm is currently offering a software application that is designed to let UAE-based internet users access VoIP apps such as Skype and Yahoo Voice. The company, called SkypeforUAE.com is currently offering a free 48-hour trial of its SVPN (secure virtual private network) application. Users who wish to try the app will first have to sign-up at this website. Following this, users can purchase a three-month, six-month or one-year subscription to the application via this page at specially discounted rates. Pricing starts from US $60 for a three-month subscription, rising to $180 for a full year. The offer is valid until the end of this year. In an e-mail sent out to potential customers the firm stated, “With this little piece of software you may un-block and again use VoIP and save a lot on your phone bills”. The firm then went on to quote articles relating to the UAE’s ban on VoIP from Gulf News and AMEinfo.com. Apart from an e-mail address, the firm didn’t reveal further contact information. Moreover, the company’s official website located at SkypeforUAE.com is still under construction. SkypeforUAE.com is the second non-Middle East company to offer a VoIP ‘work around’ solution to UAE residents. In August of this year, an Asian firm operating under the brand name ‘Hey U’ began offering UAE internet users what it termed as “a little extra help” accessing blocked websites such as Skype.com. At the time of writing, Hey U’s website was still up and running.

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