Problems Trying to Make International Calls?

Where Can You Make International Calls with magicJack?

There have been a number of comments made on the site about users who have been unable to make international calls to countries such as Latvia and Lithuania. It turns out that there are some countries that intentionally block anyone attempting to make or receive those international calls over the Internet. They are trying to protect their profit margins, and see VoIP services such as magicJack as a threat.

There is hope, however. First, here's a list of affected countries as reported by users on various sites around the Internet.

Countries blocking magicJack

Brazil – numbers serviced by Brazil Telecom
Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL)
Cable & Wireless, Caribbean (UK Based)
Clearwire, USA
China
Dubai (United Arab Emanate – UAE)
Guyana
Iran (outgoing calls only are blocked?)
Kuwait (Qualitynet), Egypt, Jordan, Syria
Latvia
Lithuania
Madison River USA
Malayisa
Omantel in Oman
Panama
Pakistan
Paraguay
Qtel in Qatar
Shanghai Telecom
Singapore (Singtel)
South Korea
Mexico, numbers serviced by TELMEX
Turkey
Thailand
UAE’s incumbent telephone company, Etisalat
Vietman

What can you do about it?
Jump to the bottom of the list to find out!

Locations allowing magicJack

Australia (Sydney)
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (Beijing)
China (Guangzhou)
China (Hong Kong)
China (Nangjing)
China (Shanghai)
Columbia
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador (Guayaquil, Duran, and Azongues)
England
France
Jamaica
Japan
Germany (Berlin)
Grenada
Grenadines
Holland
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India (western/northern cities: Mumbai, etc…)
India (southern cities) – reported of issues with ISP providers
Iraq – generally ok, but some reported problems depending on ISP
Israel
Italy (Vicenza)
Jamaica
Kuwait
Macedonia
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Jahor Bahru)
Mexico (Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun)
Mongolia – call quality spotty, subject to breakups.
Nevis
New Zealand (Auckland)
Nicaragua
Norway
Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Larkana)
Peru (Lima)
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Russia (Moscow)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Scotland
South Korea (Seoul)
Singapore
South Korea (Seoul)
Spain (Valladolid)
St Kitts
St Lucia
St Vincent
Tahiti (Papeete)
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago – may need to call your ISP to unblock magicJack
Turkey
Ukraine
Vietnam (Saigon & Ho Chi Minh)
West Africa

If you find a country which is blocking international calls, or you know of one where you've been able to make calls using magicJack, let me know. I'll attempt to keep these lists up to date – but treat these lists as hearsay which may or may not be accurate.

What to do?

You're not entirely at the mercy of the telecom companies blocking your use of magicJack, however. With a bit of planning, you can make your international calls for free! Well, not quite for free, but almost!

Here are the steps to take

Buy VPN
First, make sure the overseas internet connection is adequate. There's no sense going to the expense outlined below if your effort is doomed at the start. Next, you'll need to purchase another magicJack and register it in the United States or Canada, then ship it to your friend or family member overseas.

That friend or family member will need to sign up for a VPN service such as Private Internet Access (PIA), which has served me well for years. Without any effort on their part, Private Internet Access provides an alternate IP address, placing them outside the range of the telecom's VoIP block. As far as the world is concerned, the call could appear to originate thousands of miles away!

As an additional benefit, PIA provides increased security by encrypting their connection from their computer to the PIA servers. They can even work in a free wi-fi hotspot without having to be concerned that someone could intercept login credentials or email.

 

Do you have a question or comment about making international calls with magicJack? Drop a note in the comment box below and put it out there for all to see! You may find the answer you're looking for – or perhaps you'll hear from another sympathetic user.

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