John has pointed us to a fairly confusing article in the U.S. military publications Stars & Stripes, claiming that U.S. military personnel in South Korea can no longer sign up for U.S.-based VoIP service plans, and will be required to sign up for equivalent service from South Korean providers. The details, however, are extremely unclear. It seems to suggest that as long as you registered before last Thursday, you could keep making calls -- though, they probably mean that you could only make calls until last Thursday (at least that's how a different report characterizes the ban). It's also not at all clear how South Korea will go about blocking these "unauthorized" US VoIP providers from working in the country (and, if the US VoIP providers were smart, they'd start adding some trickery to make it a lot harder to figure out that their packets were VoIP related). All in all, though, this seems like a protectionist tactic to pump up local Korean VoIP firms. So much for free trade, huh?
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