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Tue 14 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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ITP.net visitors rue Skype ban

60% of itp.net visitors have been directly affected by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority's ban of Skype.com.

60% of itp.net visitors have been directly affected by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority's ban of Skype.com.

Windows Middle East’s month-long online poll found that 59.8% of respondents had previously been using the Skype VoIP service and had described it as "useful". Only 7.35% of respondents had used Skype but not found it valuable.

Interestingly, over 20% of those users surveyed said that, although they hadn’t used Skype, they had been considering trying the service before the Skype ban took effect, with just 12.75% of users claiming Skype was of no interest to them.

Skype's web site was blocked in the UAE back in May, angering expatriates who had been using the firm’s service to save money on international phone calls.

Skype was the latest in a line of VoIP sites to be blocked in the UAE as those of other VoIP specialists such as Net2Phone have been disallowed for some time.

Although Skype.com is now blocked in the UAE, Windows Middle East has discovered that users who have previously downloaded Skype software can still use this to call both Skype-enabled PCs and landline telephones. The Skype restriction comes more into play when users need to access skype.com to buy extras such as SkypeOut credit, but find this is impossible unless logging on from a 'Free Zone' site.

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