WhatsApp is the most used online messaging service in India, while Skype is used widely to make video calls across the world. At a time when these services are getting cheaper as well as easily accessible, Government is planning to integrate them with the telecom operators in the country.
Even the sound of it happening is fantastic because the Government is going to sit down with Internet Service Providers and Telecom Operators to decide how the services can be integrated. If the law is cleared, we could soon have access to call landline phones from WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and others IMs in India.
However, the calls won’t be free like intra-WhatsApp or intra-Viber calls, instead the calling rates might be decided by the ISPs and Telcos which naturally should be lower than the existing rates.
An official source said, “The move has been cleared by the inter-ministerial telecom commission and groundwork to get it going will start soon.” Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) has already grown widely outside India, but is still in a very nascent stage here. TRAI is in full support of the service and wants interconnection of ISPs and Telecom Operators.
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