True or not?

We get a lot of hearsay from the foreign community. We band together, after a fashion, united by the common purpose of navigating a strange and sometimes unintelligible society. Sometimes the rumors are baseless, others turn out to be true.

For example: Shakira will play a New Year’s Eve concert in Nanjing. That one turned out to be true! Wish we had heard in time.

But a disturbing new rumor, substantiated with online news reports: Skype may be banned in China!

If this one turns out to be true, we’re going to meet a whole new level of hassle trying to stay connected with family and friends back home. Or at least, a whole new level of expense. China wants to protect its own telecom business, and with the authority of the government behind all business regulations, there can be an executive decision to shut down a global website like Skype if they feel it will benefit their interests.

Skype was working fine today. It may not be tomorrow! If we don’t answer, don’t take it personally.

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3 Responses to “True or not?”


  1. 1 Chris Burgwald January 4, 2011 at 3:21 am

    If they still let you access gmail.com, there’s always video chat within gmail… obviously requires a gmail account, and both parties also need to install a browser plugin, but it’s no more complicated than Skype (and probably less). The quality isn’t *quite* as good as Skype’s, but it’s certainly plenty for informal conversation (if Skype is a 10, Gmail video chat is a 9.5).

  2. 2 Mom Falk April 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Great to know alternatives. The older -non -tech generation appreciates insights. Give me liberty or ?. Dad.

    • 3 jmliz April 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Turns out that China is simply filtering the American Skype web address, but is allowing the Skype affiliated TOM website to continue functioning. This provides uninterrupted access to Skype accounts, simply with more Chinese monitoring. (Take that last part for what you will..)


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