If Skype is blocked at dorm is Facetime a work around?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by koa, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. koa macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2005
    My daughter is studying abroad in France for a semester and the school blocks access to Skype and Google video in her dorm. We can chat via facebook or google chat but no video or audio. If I had a iphone and she had a new touch, would that possibly work? Right now we can Skype from a McD that is about an hour's walk from the dorm. Any other suggestions. Thanks.
  2. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    If your residence hall's IT department is at all up to date, theyll will certainly make sure you can't do anything like that.
  4. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    Whats the point in blocking skype.. *sigh* you could try a proxy or a VPN.
  5. gage006 macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2010
    Bandwidth issues. Video chat uses a lot. Couple of things you can try are a proxy, vpn or sometimes even using the site's IP address instead of domain name can trick the firewall.
  6. Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Sunny Southern California
    I would try this.

    Also, I'm not sure what you are going to do for a phone situation over there, but you can always purchase an iPhone from the States and jailbreak and unlock it and run My3G to facetime over that. (I got a PAYGO sim card and did this when I was in London all summer. Worked swimmingly)

    You might want to check out an application called Fring, but as an above poster mentioned, if the school is any sort of modern, I'm sure that will be blocked as well.
  7. powaking macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2008
    I would try setting up a VPN server so that she can VPN back to. I have DD-WRT on my router and you can easily setup a PTPP VPN. Along with a Dyndns account she can easily just vpn back to your router. That should be enough to get by.
  8. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I agree with this, except PPTP may not cut it - it's very commonly blocked by firewalls. Try to find an HTTPS VPN solution and you should be able to make it work.
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    chances are the answer is no. I am willing to bet that the ports need for face time are also block since Skypped and good video chat us some pretty common ports.

    it sounds like they locked down all but a very limited number of ports. Best option would be try to get a VPN set up and route it around it.
  10. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
  11. Absolem macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    If you both have iphone 4s then you can Jailbreak them both and use 3g unrestrictor or my3g and just FaceTime over 3g instead of needing wifi.
  12. koa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2005
    Thanks for the responses so far. I will pass everything along to her. I'm sure all the kids in her dorm are trying to figure out if this can be done.

    She has a 2 year old macbook, an unlocked Samsung phone with ATT sim which is a buck a min., also has a local Orange sim but can't call outside France. Trying to come up with a cheap way to video chat or worse case audio chat from her room.
  13. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  14. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Jailbreak and use the app that lets you use Facetime/Skype over 3G. I bought it and it works fine.
  15. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    If you want voice calls you could get her to get a SIM with unlimited incoming minutes and then you use skype to call that number.
  16. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
  17. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It should be free to receive a call with any French SIM (it's illegal within the EU to charge someone to receive a call unless they are out of their "home" country).

    Skype charges 24¢ (per minute) to call France

    As for FaceTime, the only way I think it would work is if they are very specific about the things they block (i.e. that Skype is specifically blocked).

    Most shared networks block everything to begin with and then work out what they actually want to allow (like basic web pages).
  18. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    I think us Europeans are baffled that you'd have to pay to receive a call…!
  19. oilfighter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    The fact that Apple locks the iPhone 4 probably just blew your mind!
  20. iPhonePhreak macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2010
    Why would a dorm block Skype? I don't see why FaceTime wouldn't work, though. If it doesn't work tell your daughter to get a proxy
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    some times for security of the network schools will really lock down on the open ports in their firewall. Chances are pretty good that ports skypt needs is lock down.

    I would not be surpised if only things like port 80 and the comon email ports are open.

    Oh as for another option for free voice chatting is look at teamspeak.
    It really easy to have your computer be a server that you can run for a little while so you 2 can talk. Worse you will have to do is play around looking for some open ports.

    Teamspeak is something some gamers will use in games but games does not prevent using it for other things.
  22. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    iChat AV over AIM or an other supported Service? What about Google Chat ? ((Nevermind on google just re-read your frist post)).
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  24. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    Did you people even read the OP? :rolleyes:

    It clearly states that the op's daughter would be getting a 4G touch, not an iPhone. Which, as you may know, does not have 3G data.
  25. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
    Th dumbest idea in this thread. Of course it'll work, but you're ****ing buying a whole Internet service just for Skype. It's better to be SMART and find a workaround, which there is.

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