Before we begin, you should know where the TRA is located, and what regulatory authority they have.  The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, or TRA, is located within the UAE (United Arab Emirates), a federation consisting of seven separate emirates.  It borders on the Persian gulf as well as Saudi Arabia.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has reaffirmed to the public it's position on Skype and other Internet based calling methods by completely banning them all. They are not, however, preventing the distribution of such software.  They can easily be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Application Store.

The TRA has blocked Skype's website since 2006, and using this new Skype offering for the iPhone is considered a further violation of their telecommunication regulations.  Despite this fact, Skype for iPhone has been the most popular free download software in the UAE iTunes Application Store, with over one million global downloads since it was recently released.

The TRA currently has "no comment" on whether or not the Application Store has breached its agreement with UAE regulators.  Regulations regarding Internet calling are used "in order to guarantee quality of service, safety of the customer and security concerns as a result of using unlicensed services in the UAE”.  This statement does not touch upon the main reason for using the new Skype software in the first place.  Using this software bypasses the per minute charges mobile networks use to make the majority of their money.
 
People in overseas markets are a huge network of Internet calling subscribers, a perfectly legal business in a stand alone market.  But when you add a piece of software that acts as a per minute work around, cellular phone companies start asking where their money went.  (If you are in a country that blocks Skype, such as Oman, Belize or UAE, use our services on your computer to unblock skype)

The FCC, an Internet advocacy group based in the USA, has been asked to clear up one simple question.  Are mobile Internet networks under the same regulatory scrutiny as fixed-line Internet telephone systems?  

The FCC enforces a rule that forbids Internet providers from regulating the types of applications, services, and devices that may be used on their networks.  This means that fixed-line broadband systems can not be restricted as to how the telephony is used and through which venues.

However, these restrictions are now being imposed on mobile phone users easily through the network terms and conditions.  Additionally, Skype for iPhone will only make calls over a local wireless network.  

AT&T is confident that their vendors will not participate in the advocation or sanction use of competitive software.  This would negatively affect their overall profits astronomically.

On the T-mobile network within Europe, customers using the new Skype application risk having their contracts canceled and mobile network access permanently revoked.  Advocacy groups have already requested the intervention of European regulators, and it's up to them to decide the next move.

Oman and Belize are two morel countries blocking Skype.  The country of Oman borders the United Arab Emirates, and Belize within Central America.  It seems Skype has ruffled the feathers of the entire planet with the advent of its new software.  There will be more countries who adopt the Skype ban, it's just a matter of time. Using a VPN connection, everything you do will be anonymous and encrypted via our servers located around the world. You would be able to unblock skype!