ITVoice News: Skype has recently announced its decision to discontinue voice-calls to mobile/ landline within India from 10 November onwards. The Microsoft-owned company said that the Indian users will no longer be able to make calls using their Skype account to Indian mobiles or landline users. However, Skype to Skype calling will remain active as it is.
The company noted on its website, “As of 10 November 2014, if you are in India, calling from Skype to mobiles and landlines within India will unfortunately no longer be available. This change only affects Skype calls to landlines and mobiles; you can still make free Skype-to-Skype calls within India, and you can still call mobiles and landlines in India from outside the country (as well as make calls from India to other countries) You can also use any Skype Credit you currently have to use Skype WiFi or to send SMS messages to your contacts.”
As of now, company has not stated any reason for this action, but most likely it has something to do with the country’s norms and regulations. If we go by the current law, VoIP calls made from India cannot be terminated on mobiles or landlines in India, although until now the companies have been routing calls internationally to avoid this regulation. All Skype users in India need to take note of their Skype call subscription before the mentioned date, in order to avoid being unnecessarily billed.