Why use a VPN for VoIP?
Some countries in the Middle East and Asia block VoIP services like Skype and Viber with a firewall. ExpressVPN unblocks VoIP services so you can keep in touch with family and friends no matter where you are in the world.
Adding a layer of strong encryption would normally slow down your connection, but ExpressVPN's servers are blazing-fast and constantly optimized, so you probably won't notice any difference. Here are Skype's recommendations for upload/download speed:
|Call type||Minimum speed
|Calling||30kbps / 30kbps||100kbps / 100kbps|
|Video calling / Screen sharing||128kbps / 128kbps||300kbps / 300kbps|
|Video calling (high-quality)||400kbps / 400kbps||500kbps / 500kbps|
|Video calling (HD)||1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps||1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps|
|Group video (3 people)||128kbps / 512kbps||512kbps / 2Mbps|
|Group video (5 people)||128kbps / 2Mbps||512kbps / 4Mbps|
|Group video (7 people)||128kbps / 4Mbps||512kbps / 8Mbps|
Skype, Viber, and Google Hangouts all offer very low international calling rates when you call out to mobile or landlines. That means you can save money when you use VoIP over a VPN tunnel instead of through your local telecom provider. Here's a comparison of what it would cost per minute to call different countries from the US with different service providers:
Choose the VPN server location closest to your VoIP call recipient to get the best rates!
Encrypting your entire internet connection with 256-bit AES encryption means that your VoIP conversations will be protected from data retention by your ISP and/or VoIP service provider. Encryption also foils packet sniffing and any attempts to throttle your bandwidth based on your internet usage.
How to unblock VoIP in 3 easy steps:
- Choose an ExpressVPN subscription plan from the order page
- Download the VPN app for your operating system
- Connect to a secure VPN server location before you make your call
ExpressVPN encrypts your internet connection and hides your IP address so you can use VoIP services like Skype, Viber, and Google Hangouts from anywhere in the world, even countries where these services are blocked.