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Spokn Launches Symbian App; How It Bypasses The Middle East VoIP Ban

Geodesic's VoIP service, Spokn, has launched an app for Nokia Series 60 (Symbian) phones, enabling users of the mobile platform, to use the service. The app is pretty bare bones, a mobile dialer that the company licensed from a developer, however, it supports outgoing calls on WiFi, 3G and EDGE networks. It can also run in the background, enabling users to receive incoming calls. Since the service is based on SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), it was possible to access it natively by keying-in the settings on symbian phones, even without an app, but the app makes it a little simpler. Note that the Symbian client is Obfuscated-VoIP capable, and works in the Middle East, where VoIP is restricted. Spokn competes with the likes of  Skype, Net2Phone, Vonage, Impetus, Novanet and Yahoo Voice. The company is based out of Singapore and has inked interconnect agreements with International Long Distance providers across the globe – and Spokn calls are routed through their networks. The company offers VoIP clients for Mac OS, iOS, Java BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, and O-VoIP (Obfuscated VoIP) clients for Windows(PC), Android and Nokia Series 60. Obfuscated- VoIP: Spokn has also devised a way out for users in UAE,Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and other countries in the Middle-East, where VoIP calling has been blocked by ISPs, to offer unrestricted access. The company says, on its blog, that it has deployed Obfuscated VoIP, where-in its dialers can bypass IP and Port level blocking by the ISPs, automatically locating and communicating with Spokn servers, as it makes VoIP traffic look…

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