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The traditional SMS text message is on the path to becoming obsolete in the light of the explosion of easy-to-use chat apps that offer free text messaging, voice, video calls. Unfortunately, access to chat apps might be restricted in certain regions.


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Where and Why Are Chat Apps Blocked?

Several countries in the Middle East, South America and Asia have blocked voice and video features in many chat apps, trying to limit freedom of expression or protect the revenues of traditional telecom companies. Video and voice calling allows people to connect over the internet rather than phone networks, avoiding the expense of traditional phone calls, especially international ones.

Apart from these countrywide bans, many academic institutions and workplaces opt to block chat apps for various reasons. These range from seeking to increase productivity to fighting cyberbullying. However, this strict approach is not always the most suitable – some messaging options are actively used for constructive educational and professional pursuits as well. For instance, you might need to discuss a homework assignment with a friend over Facebook Messenger or quickly send files over WhatsApp while away from your office.


How to Unblock Chat Apps?

Virtual Private Network connects you to the internet through a tunnel that encrypts all communications between the internet and your device. It also helps you bypass geographical content restrictions because your IP address is fully hidden. This allows unlocking any chat app of your choice.


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