One of the highly used Internet-based voice calling services Skype will soon restrict users to make calls to landline and mobile phones in India. The service will ban the feature on November 10.
However, those traveling outside India can make calls to landline and mobile phones. Microsoft says that there are no further changes and other services will continue as normal. Moreover, users will still be able to send SMS messages to mobiles from within India.
It is not sure, why the Microsoft-owned company is putting restrictions to the feature. The company has not revealed the reasons behind it as well. However, there are plenty of apps like Facebook Messenger app, Hike, WeChat, and even Google Hangouts as well which can do the same job. However, these don't come with a feature to call landlines.
In a statement, Skype said that users will not be able to make calls to phones in India if they are based in India. The company further said that, "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."
Skype is also offering to full refund to the users who have been affected by this announcement.
VoIP services like Skype allow users to make calls on phones via the internet.