Skype-To-Phone Calls Within India To Be Stopped From November 10th

For all those in India who are used to calling up their kin in India through Skype, here is a bad news – From 10th of November 2014, Skype will not support any more voice calls that terminate on landlines or mobile in India. Although Skype-to-Skype calls are still available, Skype users can still use Skype SMS and Skype WiFi with their credits.

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The obvious reason for this is the VoIP legality in India. It is illegal to have VoIP gateways inside India. This effectively means that people who have PCs can use them to make a VoIP call to any number, but if the remote side is a normal phone, the gateway that converts the VoIP call to a POTS call is not permitted by law to be inside India. Foreign based VoIP server services are illegal to use in India. [Source]

Also with TRAI being in talks over OTT services and regulations necessary to maintain them, there are speculations that TRAI might have a hand to play in Skype shutting down the service. There was a lot of buzz with telecom operators requesting TRAI to bring control over OTT players in India by asking them to charge for their services. TRAI had however maintained that OTT players will not be charged for their services.

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