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VoIPexico in trouble

Skype confirmed Thursday that its Web site is inaccessible in some areas served by Telmex, Mexico's telephone monopoly. Skype isn't speculating as to why.

As a result, Telmex broadband subscribers can't sign-up for Skype, and existing Skypers can't use online customer care, replenish minutes on the pre-paid calling cards or order other premiums.

Telmex's alleged move is typical of how government-owned phone companies in places like Panama, Costa Rica, Qatar are defending themselves against lower-priced VoIP phone providers.