In the last few days Egypt moved to block all of the most popular VOIP services including Whatsapp, Facetime, Viber, Skype and a handful of others.
If you believe government sources then the reason for the crackdown has been given as security concerns.
However, others believe the crackdown has come about after vocal protest by local telephone companies who have been complaining about the impact free internet calls are having on revenue.
If you’re in Egypt then you’re likely outraged by the latest development but the good news is you need not be.
It’s possible to access Whatsapp, Facetime and all the other VOIP apps like normal inside Egypt and in this guide I’m going to show you how.
How to access Whatsapp, Facetime, Viber and Skype in Egypt
To access all your favourite VOIP services you need a service called a VPN or Virtual Private Network to give it its full name.
A VPN is a small tool that encrypts your internet connection on either your computer or mobile device and sends that encrypted data to another location.
Encryption means that no one can see what you’re doing on the internet because all the information is disguised.
This stops the Egyptian authorities from blocking what you’re doing because they can’t see what you’re accessing.
All of your information can be sent outside Egypt so any blocks in place on VOIP software or apps can be bypassed.
How to use a VPN
There are thousands of VPN companies to choose from but the one we recommend most for accessing VOIP in Egypt is IPVanish.
Just follow the simple instructions below to access VOIP in Egypt:
- Visit the IPVanish website and sign-up.
- Download their app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
- Run the app.
- Select any country outside Egypt.
- Press Connect.
Once the app has connected you’ll be able to use Whatsapp, Facetime, Viber, Skype or any other VOIP app inside Egypt without any issue.
It’s best to connect to a country nearby such as Israel, Cyprus, Turkey or Greece as these will give you the best possible speeds in Egypt but you can, of course, connect further afield too if you wish.
Other VPN Choices
It often pays to shop around and there are other good VPN options out there.
Some may be more suitable for you if you’re in Egypt and have payment options that help you pay for the service easier.
A few other VPN providers we recommend to access Whatsapp, Facetime and more in Egypt are:
Windows, Mac, Android and iOS
All four VPN providers listed above offer software for Windows and Mac computers and apps for Android and iOS.
With just one account you can download the software and apps and use them on all your devices.
Not only will the VPN apps allow you to access VOIP services in Egypt but you’ll also be able to access other blocked services and websites too.
The government, your ISP or anyone else won’t be able to know what you’re doing while connected so your online habits remain private.
Tell your friends
Don’t forget to tell your friends who are also in Egypt about this article because the more people using a VPN increases the number of people you can call using your favourite chat app.