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Is Paypal blocked in the Philippines?

I only noticed this a couple of days ago when a good friend of mine was visiting me here. He was chatting with his mom who’s in Canada over YM. While talking about the possibility of opening a Paypal account for her from Canada, he fired up a browser and was going to guide his mom thru the sign-up process.

Alas, the Paypal website does not load up. I did a ping and traceroute but got nothing still. Paypal is up, that I am sure of but it seems they’ve blocked access from IPs originating in the Philippines, or maybe those under the PLDT network at the very least.

Could you try it from your end and leave me a feedback?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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26 Responses

  1. Guru Jeff says:

    Paypal is not currently available in some countries like thew philippines, for some reasons… that i think we are still a third world country. Try services over at yehey.com that works like paypal…

  2. yuga says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Was soliciting feedback if anybody else can access their website now.

    I used to be able to access their website from here in the Philippines and transact using their service. It was only lately that even the website does not load.

    Could you try from your end if you can see their website?

  3. Fleeb says:

    I am able to access PayPal as of this writing. I followed the sign up link and I got through.

  4. Hi Abe! I’m able to access Paypal via my dial-up connection.

  5. kzap says:

    I can’t access PayPal on PLDT MyDSL, i dont like this, I hope its not paypal blocking the Philippines, though they say their website shouldnt be used from the Philippines, really this is the internet, they shouldnt censor IPs.

  6. jayvee says:

    an alternative to paypal is http://xoom.com which works prett well imho.

    no paypal here in the philippines.

  7. yuga says:

    Ahhh, so it’s just limited to PLDT IPs then.

    I’ve tried Xoom so many times and yes it has worked for me as well. Was even impressed with their home-delivery service which was able to send in their messengeer at 9 in the evening.

    GoDaddy did the same thing two years ago when it blocked a lot of Philippine IPs. I had to send out several letters to them requesting to un-block us because it affected our service at plogHost. I stopped using GoDaddy after that.

    With Paypal, they claim that the Philippines is home to a lot of credit card fraud which is why they don’t provide the service here.

  8. Fleeb says:

    Hmm seems like they blocked static IPs. Mine is dynamic over a dialup connection.

  9. cecille says:

    i can access paypal. i’m using digitel’s dsl.

  10. DJB says:

    [off topic but weird…] I have this digital radio alarm clock which used to keep perfect time (I mean perfect, as in-synch with an atomic world time server to the second over a period of months).

    Lately I thought I might have to replace it. Because it’s running fast, as in ten minutes in one week. Faster than the specs for its BOMBPROOF components specify. And my electric bill is running wild.

    Anybody know or hear of similar “malfunctions”?

  11. Bob says:

    PLDT’s DNS server has been flaky for a few days now. It seems like it is a DNS lookup problem on PLDT’s end.

  12. yuga says:

    Hi Bob, yes, I’ve been having problems with PLDT’s DNS servers for quite some time now.

    But Paypal has a lot of nameservers from different DCs scattered all over.

  13. Kaye says:

    I can see PayPal’s site but getting an account is still an entirely different matter.

    I have heard of a few companies here whose businesses are dependent on the online payments. They had to register their businesses in places like HK–territories that PayPal doesn’t block–just so they could get PayPal accounts.

  14. Ederic says:

    Naka-sign up ako pero hindi ko ma-load-an ng funds dahil wala akong US bank account. :p

  15. Ricky says:

    Hi, I’m currently working here in China. Can I use my credit card issued from the Philippines and use this card to register a Paypal account here in China?

  16. yuga says:

    PayPal launched its China service in July 2005, so you may apply for one there and even use your Philippine-issued credit card.

  17. digitel naman wag naman na bigyan ng lower discount un maG switch affectado kami mga pioneering nyo o ano ang mangyayari! kami nman ang mag switch? samantala mas malaki ang monthly namin sa switcher! dont get fool out of your previous customer sa palagay nyo wala kami makukuha info para itago nyo sa amin ang offer nyo? LOYALTY NA ANG PINAG UUSAPAN DITO DAPAT MAUNA YUN MULA SA INYO GIVE US A FAIR DEAL, SA MGA BAGO NYO CUSTOMER! KAMI nga UN 1650 NMIN N 384 TAPOS OFFER NYO SA SWITCHER 1 GIG AT 1800, PAPATAYIN NYO BA ANG PREVIOUS CUSTOMER NYO E PAANO KAMI MAGIGING LOYAL SA INYO E KAYO MISMO ANG PAPATAY SA NEGOSYONG KAYO MISMO ANG NAG OFFER SA AMIN! come on dont you COME UP WITH a better idea than THAT! think thAt you are on our side AND YOU KNOW THIS UNFAIR BUSINESS RIVALRY SA INYO PABA MAGMUMULA ?

  18. Anton says:

    If anyone of you need help to pay your seller thru paypal (specially ebay trans.) We are gladly doing business with you.
    Give us a call @ Tel. Nos: 893-6655, 893-6695 or 893-6688 you may reach us also at Mobile # 0917-893-6695

  19. Tinolang Manok says:

    How about transferring money from

    US company –>Moneybookers.com / Paypal –> Philippines?

    What are my options?

  20. marie says:

    Hey Guys! PayPal is now available in the Philippines! Get yours today!


  21. O.J. says:

    Hi guys,

    Here’s an article, about PayPal in the Philippines. Please do read this stuff. It’s a start, but not very good and useful enough.



  22. irfan raza says:

    hello guys i have a pay pal account in china now i am in pakistan can any body tell me how can i transfer this money in pakistan

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  24. Статья оставила сложное, неоднозначное, впечатление… Даже не знаю, что сказать… Нужно время, чтобы обдумать прочитанное.

  25. Ricky says:

    I’m an American married to a Filipina and I spend much of my time over here. I’ve been using paypal for my business for over 7 years now with no problems. Now you might say that doesn’t apply to the Philippines, but as of this last year in 2008 my wife now has a “Verified” account using Union Bank in Cebu and we have had absolutely no problems.

    You can read all about the horror stories but my personal opinion is that most people that try to manipulate the system usually get caught and then they scream bloody murder that it’s not their fault and it’s PayPal’s.

    So it is what it is.. but typically don’t blame Paypal… Look at the type of transactions you are conducting, read there terms and conditions so you stay OUT OF TROUBLE… and don’t play games using their system. They’re fairly smart about all the ways to try to cheat… so good luck and don’t blame Paypal..

  26. CorTyloarly says:

    Супер. Спасибо, так давно искал этот материал. Ну просто респектище автору. Никогда не забуду теперь

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