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How to Use a VPN with VOIP

Fix VOIP audio and connectivity issues with a VPN

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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


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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