Mobile instant messaging and VoIP company Nimbuzz has entered into a distribution agreement with Tata Indicom: Indicom will make the Nimbuzz application availavle to subscribers on their WAP site Tata Zone, free of any subscription charge, and also promote the application via SMS. Remember that in December last year, Nimbuzz had inked a deal with Spice Mobiles. Indicom will also white list the IPs.
We noticed that the comment from Zubin Dubash, AVP (VAS) for Tata Teleservices, focuses entirely on the text messaging – rather instant messaging – with no mention of the applications voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) capabilities. A Nimbuzz spokesperson confirmed to us that VoIP will not be allowed on the application on Indicom.
This is not unexpected, though – applications like Nimbuzz and Fring will eat into telcos voice revenues, if allowed to proliferate. Remember that voice is not treated as data. Just last night, I was on an hour long call using Fring, over WiFi.
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