Mobile operator Airtel has changed its terms and conditions for 3G and 2G data plans following which the telecom service provider will exclude Voice over IP services (VoIP), including both incoming as well as outgoing calls from Internet data plans. The new terms was first spotted by Telecom Talk.
According to the new terms and conditions listed on Airtel's website, VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p / 10KB for 3G service and 10p / 10KB for 2G service. This means you'll pay extra charges for data when you make a Skype, Viber or Line call even if you subscribe to a data plan instead of the data used being deducted from your monthly allowance. Moreover, 2G users would pay even more when they get lower data speeds.
Indian mobile operators say that they have made big investments in creating networks and OTT players are getting a free run.
Earlier, Vodafone India MD and CEO Marten Pieters had said that the government should tax over the top (OTT) players like WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and Facebook as they are getting a "free ride" on telecom networks without paying for spectrum or any other fee.
It's worth pointing out that Airtel had previously launched One Touch Internet under which it was offering select services from specific partners under free trial data packs.
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