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Old 24-12-14   #1
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Airtel to Charge for Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts Etc on 2G/3G



Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecommunications carrier by subscribers, will soon start charging users extra money for using VIOP services such as Skype, Viber, Line and Google Hangouts as Indian operators look to boost their data revenues and profits.

Although there was no official announcement, the change in policy appears as fine print on the company website that states "All Internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (Both incoming/ Outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p / 10 KB (3G service) and 10p / 10 KB (2G service)."

“We have made some revisions in the composition of our data packs, and will offer VoIP connectivity through an independent pack that will be launched shortly,” Airtel told Mint in an emailed statement. The exact details oft he pack are not known at this time.

The move currently affects only prepaid users. Users using these services over Airtel Broadband or Airtel postpaid services will not be charged anything extra for now.

The popularity and business model of services such as Whatsapp, Skype and others, where users can text or make calls without having to pay extra money, has been a sore point for Indian telecom companies for a long time. If this move succeeds then their next move will be to target internet messaging services such as whatsapp and chaton. Currently users can send messages for nearly free on these services whereas a single SMS can cost Rs 1.00 or more. If all of these services are blocked then it will be a huge revenue boost for the telecom companies.
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Failtel again with ridiculous idea...
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Airtel is cheap company with un-fair business practice. Last month they send me the bill of 2k and i said i run on a monthly plan which from past one year never goes beyond 500 i.n.r and after a week fighting with them they corrected the bill.
Same goes with broadband from unlimited to 30 gb cap and then straight 10 gb and now 5 gb for 2 mbps connection. All they chant is trai has done so. They tell straight lies.

I am not happy with them at all.
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Idea and Vodafone to follow suit soon.

The cartel is strong and united.

Time to leave India,soon u will have to pay for the function of calling.Pay 200 / month to get phone signal.
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Re: Airtel to Charge for Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts Etc on 2G/3G

Read the newspaper today and Govt said that it will look into this matter . For now it looks like Airtel burned its hands. There have been many threads about it on reddit . Its like you can use the potato to make fries but not for wedges .
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Hi,

No amount of kicking and screaming on the net will help unless all the Airtel users decide to unite (which in country is very unlikely) and boycott the damn operator !! God damn company with a down right ridiculous plans and shit offers.

They started the trend of FUP in the BB sector which has become the norm now,so this new charges for VOIP is going to be the next norm in the telecom industry !!

Please I urge all the Airtel users to head to the below site and also tweet.

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Yes this is ridiculous news ! What the **** is wrong with them .
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This gonna take place soon : http://www.theforthright.com/voip-ai...ng-separately/

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Lol.. Fu** Airtel.... :what:

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Airtel has today announced that it will bring New VoIP packs which will offer 75mb of VoIP data with an Recharge of Rs. 75 for Prepaid customers which will have a validity of 28Days.
The company has announced its decision recently to charge Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Calls as it thinks “VoIP services in their current form are not tenable for us as a business. As a result, we will charge separately for VoIP services.” It is also planning to introduce Such Packs even for its Postpaid users.

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Boo you Airtel !!!!! its all in the making if not immediate - long live net neutrality....
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I dont have any idea? Will they do the same with broadband service? Extra charges for voip?

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I dont have any idea? Will they do the same with broadband service? Extra charges for voip?
That would be the next logical step. After voice, messages should be next.
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Hi,

This clearly shows that they don't care a damn as usual and nor are they concerned about all negative flak drawn on the internet,The statement of Mr.Ravishankar Prasad saying the govt will look into it didn't make a iota of difference clearly goes on to show as to what they really are made of and how confidant they are of their policies no matter however shitty they are !!!They just are too big to care and know damn too well that people will have to accept it eventually (just like after all the kicking and screaming one had to accept FUP in BB) and cannot do a single thing, Plus they know for a fact that all the others will follow makes them even more victorious and arrogant.

Ohh Well its doom time for all of us,lets enjoy while it lasts !!

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All of us should call Airtel customer support and ask for number portability to bsnl etc
Stating this as reason for migration.

Let's see if it works
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