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UK Operators Aren't Too Happy About Skype Client On Nokia Smartphones

Sunday, 07 March 2010 09:49

Written by Apocalypso

skype maemo nokia n900According to a recent article on TechRadar, the UK operators already expressed its disapproval regarding the availability of Skype on Nokia smartphones since it could threatens their existing revenue streams, especially because it allows users to make free long-distance calls, according to TechRadar.

It appears that the carrier sees the application as breaking the rules, through offering users the possibility of sending voice calls through data, and that it considers blocking the solution for customers!

'We do not as a general rule block access to voice over IP services on our network. However, in the case of unlimited data services such as our data bolt on and iPhone tariffs, VoIP is prohibited within the excessive use policy,' O2 said in a statement given to the TechRadar.

"These unlimited data packages are designed to allow customers to browse the web and access data services such as email without worrying about a cost per MB.

"To offer the best possible customer experience, we prohibit continuous streaming of any audio/video content, Voice over IP, P2P and file sharing services, all of which can adversely impact the overall customer experience."

One operator source also told: "This is another example of them trying to build an ecosystem that is all about Nokia and reduces the operator to a dumb pipe. Some people like 3 may be in a position where it could make sense to accept that. But if you spend upwards of £40m per year building your brand, you don’t want to be just a dumb pipe do you"

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Source: TechRadar

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