Yesterday I try to play game with my Russian friend that is using port
- I was able to connect to him, but he was not able to connect to my computer. I verified my firewall and router and everything was set correctly. I decide to contact Verizon customer service. The waiting time was 90 minutes!!! Technician (his name Tony) explained me that I should use portforward.com website to change my router. I told him that I do not see my game on the list. Tony asked me to call in the next morning to resolve this blocking issue.
Next morning I call 1-888-553-1555. Technician told me that Verizon blocking incoming traffic on port 80 and 25 as businesses used this port to host website. He also mentions if people will host websites I will have slow Internet service. So, he cannot unblock port as this game is a "BUSINESS" usage.
Surprise!!! Now Verizon will tell me what game should I play! Soon they will tell us what sites we should visit, what book we should buy, what news we should read.
This reminds me a communist country. Does anyone have different opinion?***** Moderator's Note *****
Although this post is "iffy" as far as being on-topic for telecom, I'm allowing it because I want to hear from the readers about port blocking on VoIP or other digital voice services.
Do any of the readers have direct experience with Verizon or any other ISP blocking digital voice traffic? I'm not interested in apocryphal stories or things you heard around the water cooler: please write only if it has happened to _you_.
Bill Horne Temporary Moderator