Ringo domestic calling service blocked by Indian telcos

Low-cost calling app Ringo, which introduced local calling in India last week, said that its domestic calling service has been blocked by Indian telecom operators.


The domestic calling service, which provides very low-cost local calling at 19 paise a minute to anyone across India including those who do not use the app, has been put on halt by the company for all until it resolves the issue.

“We will be pausing Ringo Domestic calling rollout until such time that we resolve this issue,” Bhavin Turakhia, CEO of Ringo said in a post on the company’s website.

“The service is a fully legal, compliant service, and follows all aspects of the DoT and TRAI regulations. However in spite of being fully compliant with the law, the service allegedly seems to have been blocked as of half an hour ago (30th November) without any notice to our service providers. This is the information we have just received from our service provider,” Turakhia added.

The company said that it will continue to persevere in providing innovative voice solutions, and intend to take relevant remedial action, but do not have an ETA on the same.

“As it stands, until we manage to get an intervention from relevant regulatory authorities to unblock our service, none of our domestic calls are going through,” Turakhia said.

In the interim, the company will immediately refund any unutilized amounts customers paid so far for the service. The application however still can be used for making high quality international calls.

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December 4, 2015 10:42 am 10:42 AM

Companies like BSNL which operate land lines should learn from Ringo. They can offer the same tariff as Ringo because they do not have to give termination charges. That is what Ringo did. Instead of just giving night calls free which is useless for normal customers, BSNL should offer low calling tariff of 10 paise per minute for all daytime calls to all network.

December 2, 2015 3:25 pm 3:25 PM

Use dialnow for international calls. It is cheaper than ringo.

amarrdiip kumaarr
December 2, 2015 12:30 pm 12:30 PM

I was expecting this to happen. these old big guys will never allow innovations to happen if it hurt their pocket. & they f only want to innovate in loot more.

proud user of ringo. disruptive idea.

keep it up . I do not mind not been able to use with my recharged amount since my all call is domestic.