wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Skype now enables buying credit using Indian cards and netbanking

skype

Microsoft’s video and chat app Skype will now let Indian users buy Skype credits using Indian cards and net banking. Previously, Indian users could do this only with international credit cards, but this move now lets them use the Indian currency to pay for the service, instead of US Dollars. For this, Skype has partnered with Indian Internet and IT firm Sify. Users can buy Skype credit here.

The move underscores Skype’s focus on Indian operations (albeit a little late). In February, Microsoft said it is working on a pilot to integrate Skype with the Aadhaar database, to see if it could be used as an identification system for video calls with government organisations and institutions. In April last year, Microsoft announced that  Skype is planning to roll out a new application specifically designed to operate in India’s low speed 2G and 3G networks and on mobile phones with limited processor speeds.

VoIP consultation

Earlier in April, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) made a new amendment to the Unified Access Service (UAS) license agreement, paving way for VoIP and VoLTE (IP based connections) interconnection in India. The new amendment is aimed at facilitating VoIP & VoLTE users to make and receive calls to and from non-IP based networks and vice-versa.

As per Indian laws, PC to PC, or IP to IP telephony is currently allowed but calls originating from within India cannot be terminated on mobiles or landlines. However, there has been a practice of calls originating on IP in India, being routed internationally, and then being terminated on landline or mobile networks within India. Thus in November 2014, Skype discontinued  the ability for Indian users to make Skype calls to landlines and mobiles within India.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Competition 

– Last week, Viber launched its desktop applications for Windows and Mac that also offer support for video calls. It had over 300 million registered users globally and 40 million registered users in India in April 2014.

– WhatsApp, with more than 1 billion active users, has voice calling over IP on the mobile app but does not support video. The company recently launched its desktop app, but it has not enabled voice or video calling on the same.

– In April 2015, Facebook’s Messenger application rolled out video calling.

– In October 2014, Japenese-based Line messaging app, another desktop messaging service, available for almost every computer and had reported over 560 million registered users worldwide with 30 million users in India.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

The Delhi High Court should quash the government's order to block Tanul Thakur's website in light of the Shreya Singhal verdict by the Supreme...

News

Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.

News

The industry's growth is being weighed down by taxation and legal uncertainty.

News

Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.

News

Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ