China To Ban Foreign VoIP Services Like Skype

Continuing its crackdown on Western internet companies, the government of China will apparently ban internet telephony services like Skype from the country.

According to The Telegraph, a report published in the state-run People's Daily newspaper hints that a new Chinese law might make Skype and other similar services outlawed in the country.

The Chinese government has already banned Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in the name of national security and Skype seems to be next on the list.

Skype, which recently launch a video calling feature on Apple's iPhone, said in a statement that “Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner.

TOM Online offers local versions of Skype for Windows, MAC as well as mobile platforms such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. More details can be found at skype.tom.com.”

Meanwhile, some Chinese Twitter users are reporting that they are no longer able to download the Skype client but the services seems unaffected in Shanghai.