Over the past few weeks users in Qatar have been complaining about problems accessing VOIP and other services.
VOIP is an abbreviation for Voice Over Internet Protocol and is essentially any system that allows voice communication over the internet.
For the average user, this means apps such as Skype, Whatsapp and Facetime but also includes more encrypted and secure apps like Telegram.
Currently there are no known reasons why all of a sudden accessing the voice features of these apps has become problematic although many theories exist.
The good news is however, there is a really simple way you can access all those apps voice services and more using an app called a VPN and in this guide we’re going to show you how.
How to access VOIP and other blocked services in Qatar
If you’re having trouble accessing voice features and other services and you’re in Qatar, you’re not alone.
The reasons the blocks have come into effect are unclear but one thing that is guaranteed is that there is some kind of government interference causing this issue.
The good news is there is a really simple way to unblock VOIP and other services that you’re having trouble accessing and all you need is a little app called a VPN.
What is a VPN
A VPN is an app or piece of software that encrypts all of your online communications.
What this means is it’s impossible for anyone to be able to determine what you’re doing online, such as what websites you’re visiting, who you’re talking to or what services you’re using.
In a nutshell this is what enables you to access VOIP services because your telephone company or ISP don’t know what services you’re using so it’s impossible for them to block you.
Where to get a VPN service
VPN services are popular all over the world. Their intended purpose is to protect your online privacy and with online privacy being a big concern these days it means there is a vast choice of VPN services.
Censorship is also becoming a big issue across the world and as a VPN allows you to avoid censorship it’s another reason why the range of VPN services has boomed.
Quickly searching your favourite search engine will throw up an array of choices but the problem is that not all VPN services are created equal and not all are suitable for use in Qatar.
We’ve been taking a look at some of the best options for use in Qatar that will allow you to access VOIP and other blocked services. The following three are our top choices.
We recommend IPVanish because in our recent review they scored our highest ever review score due to their speeds, ease of use and value for money.
The other two providers also make good options too though. All you need to do is click on one of their names to visit their website and sign-up.
Once you’ve signed up continue reading below where we’ll show you how you can use the VPN to access VOIP in Qatar.
How to use the VPN Services
Now you’ve signed up to a VPN service you need to download their app or software.
All three providers mentioned above have apps for both Android and Apple phones and tablets and also software for traditional desktops and laptops running Windows or MacOS.
Download and install the correct app or software for your device. With most services you can install the app or software on multiple devices and even use it at the same time, usually on up to 5 devices is standard.
Once you’ve installed it you need to select a country outside of Qatar where VOIP is also not banned, so for example, don’t choose the UAE.
A good example is using IPVanish and connecting to Cyprus. Cyprus is part of the EU and so has many online freedoms, VOIP working is one of them.
Once you’ve pressed connect which should only take 15 seconds any websites or apps you use will think you’re in Cyprus.
You’re now free to use any of the VOIP services like Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime and more without restriction.
You can disconnect and reconnect as many times as you want but you’ll need to be connected each time you want to use VOIP. It’s worth staying connected because it’ll ensure your privacy at all times.
Are VPN services legal?
Yes, VPN services are completely legal in most countries.
They’re also legal to use in Qatar as long as you don’t use it to break the law, accessing VOIP is not breaking the law so the simple answer is, yes, VPN services are completely legal to use in Qatar.
So if you want to access VOIP in Qatar, grab yourself a VPN using the link below and connect to a country outside Qatar.