Many people in the USA and around the world have suffered the frustration of having their IP phones blocked. People in countries such as Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (KSA), UAE (United Arab Emirates including Dubai and Abu Dhabi), and Yemen face this problem, daily. This is done for various reasons but the end result is a loss for the consumer. Typically, certain ports get turned off and known IP phone addresses are blocked. No company can completely block VOIP unless they are prepared to block the entire access to the internet.
With SurfBouncer, VOIP blocking is no longer an issue. Neither your local ISP nor any other organization looking at your connection can tell that you are using VOIP or where your traffic is going. With the personal VPN tunnel that SurfBouncer creates, all of your traffic passes these obstacles in a secure and encrypted tunnel that cannot be read. Therefore, access to your IP phone provider, as well as other restricted web sites, is enabled -- allowing you the freedom to choose your phone service.
For people who want the services of a VPN for their stand alone IP phones (which need to plug into a network), take a look at the VPN Appliance. You can plug your Ethernet IP phone directly into the device or your regular phone into it through an adapter available from your service provider or the link below.
Many people who either travel or live overseas find the cost of making international calls back to the USA to be prohibitive. In many countries, options like IP phones are blocked in order to promote the very expensive local service . If you are overseas and want to make cheap calls to the USA, follow the steps outlined below:
1) If you want to use an IP soft phone, subscribe to the Personal VPN service. If you want to use a traditional phone, get the VPN appliance. Once your account is established or your appliance arrives, log in to the encrypted network.
(AFTER YOU HAVE DONE THIS:)
2) Order Skype from the link below. By doing it in this order, you will be assured that Skype recognizes you as a USA customer and you get the USA rates. In parts of the world that block Skype, this is the only way to sign on.
Your total cost for unlimited calling in the USA on Skype is $2.95 per month*. Because the VPN places your calls in the USA, that $2.95, plus your low VPN subscription amount, is your total cost for unlimited calling to any phone in the USA and Canada.
In addition, even calling to other countries is often cheaper from the USA than from other countries. Compare rates to the country you are calling to and see if it's more cost effective to call from your USA-based Skype or other IP phone as opposed to calling directly.
If you are looking for IP phones, ATA adapters or to sign up for Skype or other IP phone service, click here for some recommendations.
*Pricing subject to change