That way you can avoid the automatic redirection to tom.
Without a VPN, you can currently download the regular version of Skype in China by going to their beta website:
In this case, Skype and Microsoft fail the people that trust them.
In 2008, Information Warfare Monitor and ONI Asia published An analysis of surveillance and security practices on China’s TOM-Skype platform.
With 250 million monthly connected users, Skype is one of the most popular services for making phone calls as well as chatting over the Internet.
If you have friends, family or business contacts abroad, chances are you are using Skype to keep in contact.
This is an automated process and operates solely on text chats.
Voice communications is not a part of this process.
The Chinese version is based on an earlier version of Skype and looks somewhat different.
(Click on any screenshot to see the full version.) If you click to the About window in the Skype client, you can find out if you are running the Tom Online version of Skype or not.
Having said that, you are probably not aware that all your phone calls and text chats can be monitored by the censorship authorities in China.