Microsoft has announced the end of calling facility from its Skype app to mobile phones and landlines within India, November 10 onwards. Users can still make free Skype to Skype calls within India and outside, international calls to mobiles and landlines, and users outside the country can call mobiles and landlines in India.
“As of November 10, 2014 Skype will end support for calling within India, meaning calls to mobiles and landlines from Skype within India will no longer be available. Users in India can still make free Skype-to-Skype calls worldwide, international calls to mobiles and landlines and users outside the country can call mobiles and landlines in India. Skype WiFi and SMS messages are also available to users in India,” says Microsoft in a statement.
Microsoft did not disclose reason behind the move. However, it is believed the recent hue and cry of the telecom operators on revenue loss due to OTT players could be a reason. Recently, telcos complained that the OTT players are making profits using their network and not sharing revenues with them. The telecom regulatory authority of India has said it is looking into the matter. Read: Should OTT players like WhatsApp and Skype pay fee to telcos?
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