How to Use a VoIP VPN

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Use VoIP over a VPN connection to instantly add a layer of privacy and security to your calls

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
Recommended 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

Save money

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:

Country Average
Skype Viber Google
France 10¢
Mexico 12¢ 3.5¢ 1.5¢
India 2.49¢ 1.5¢

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.

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How to unblock VoIP in 3 easy steps:

  1. Choose an ExpressVPN subscription plan from the order page
  2. Download the VPN app for your operating system
  3. Connect to a secure VPN server location before you make your call

ExpressVPN encrypts your entire internet connection, including VoIP apps like Skype

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.

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