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IM service that works between China and UK?

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Elliot B.    1,136

A friend is going to China next week.

We usually use Facebook Messenger to communicate but I believe that may be blocked in China.

If it is, what alternates do you suggest?

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+Frank B.    7,104

Skype works. I've successfully skyped with a friend of mine who lives and works in Shanghai.

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Unksi    30

Skype has worked well for me as well, I have only tried the text chat mode, though. Calls should be okay too, though some delay should be expected.

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Kami-    178

Again, another vote for Skype - I communicate with a Chinese friend on a weekly basis, works great :)

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#Michael    207

There is skype, viber, whatsapp, and a bunch of others.  Personally I recommend skype.

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Elliot B.    1,136

There is skype, viber, whatsapp, and a bunch of others.  Personally I recommend skype.

Are you sure Viber and WhatsApp work between China and the UK?

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#Michael    207

Are you sure Viber and WhatsApp work between China and the UK?

 

I am fairly sure but those services are blocked here at work so I cannot double check.  The only one I can access is skype.  I can look later.

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Draconian Guppy    12,633

IRC  :p though cumbersome and not "IM" per se.

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+John Teacake    447

I heard that Skype Randomly drops out when your having a conversation. 

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Kami-    178

Are you sure Viber and WhatsApp work between China and the UK?

 

Can't comment on Viber but whatsapp works, albeit takes ages to send/rec - hence mostly using Skype ;)

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Kriz    184

Whatsapp works fine ive got a friend in China right now

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