Skype to block domestic voice calls starting Nov 10

Starting November 10, Skype will stop delivering calls on landline and mobile phones in India, reports the Times of India. No reason has yet been given for this move by the Microsoft-owned company.  

Skype said in a statement that users will not be able to make calls to phones in India if they are based in India. However, Skype calls to other countries are still enabled for India-based users. Those traveling outside India can make calls to landline and mobile phones in India.

On the support page, Skype advises users who have bought the premium subscription plan to cancel it to avoid being billed in the future. The internet-based calling service.


Skype is offering to fully refund the users who have been affected by this announcement. The company has also apologized to them in a statement. Government regulations do not allow such companies to make internet-based calls originating from India. Therefore, such companies reroute the calls, made by India-based users, internationally, thus circumventing the law.

It remains to be seen whether Viber, a popular app that allows users to make internet-based calls, also plans to make such a move. Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced that it too will soon offer voice calls.


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