Based on this article by Shanghai Daily. It references some Xinhua article, but there is no link and I couldn’t find that Xinhua article.
To sum it up, the Chinese government has decided that VoIP (Voice over IP) applications are illegal. The only exception is, when these services are provided by China Telecom and China Uniom. There is no timetable when these new rules come into effect. Skype and other VoIP services like UUCall maybe have to close their China branches soon.
This reminds me of another law. People who do not have a Chinese passport are not allowed to have a GPS device while on Chinese soil. Only Chinese nationals can use GPS devices in China legally. For foreigners in China GPS is a no-go. Foreigners who intend to use mobile phones with GPS built in must register before bringing the device into China.
But we shouldn’t be unhappy. China Telecom and China Uniom will happily provide us with VoIP services. I’m certain they will also make sure our VoIP messages will be correct politically…. ehrm… I mean grammatically. Skype doesn’t support such functionality, yet.
China Telecom – 中国电信
China Unicom – 中国联通
Seems like there was some misunderstanding. Some Chinese government spokesman said, that they will only crackdown on illegal VoIP business. The question when a VoIP business is illegal and when it’s not he didn’t answer.