Exclusive: Uninor excludes VOIP calls on social data packs, Net Neutrality at Stake

By April 25th, 2015 AT 3:21 AM

While Indian telecom space is boiling over Net Neutrality, Uninor in a controversial move has removed VOIP calling on its social data packs. It social data packs which offer Facebook and WhatsApp access cannot be used for VOIP calling on these application platforms.

As per the update on Uninor website, Voice-over-IP feature (VOIP) of Facebook & Whatsapp will not be part of social data packs offerings. However, VOIP calls can be made on normal data packs without paying any extra charges. Uninor currently offers 5 social data packs including unlimited Facebook & Whatsapp packs.

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Net Neutrality at Stake

Airtel came under fire last Christmas when Telecomtalk exposed Airtel move of charging extra for VOIP calls made using its data packs. Airtel was forced to withdraw the plan within few days after facing heavy backlash on social media. This has triggered net neutrality campaigns in India. Recently TRAI has received over 1 million emails supporting Net Neutrality in the country and the government is yet to purpose a regulation on Net Neutrality.

Also read : Net Neutrality: COAI turns cunning through Sabka Internet campaign, confuses mass

WhatsApp has recently introduced voice calling feature on its platform in a big blow to telecom operators. Now WhatsApp users can make voice calls without paying any extra charges. Uninor was offering unlimited WhatsApp and Facebook on its social data packs for just Rs 15/month. By this moves Uninor want its subscribers to use social data packs only for message communications and protect its voice revenues. It’s unclear at this point whether Uninor will block VOIP calls on social data packs or charge at base tariff.

Like Airtel, Uninor also will face the wrath of Net Neutrality activist in the country. We need to wait and see whether Uninor will be forced to roll back its plans to exclude VOIP calls on its social data packs.

Do share your view Uninor moves to exclude VOIP calls and violating Net Neutrality. Keep reading TT for more updates.

An IT professional who has got great passion for telecom. Has been closely watching Indian telecom space since 2009.

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Raccoon
Raccoon

This is not a responsible article. What Uninor has done is nowhere close to as bad as what Airtel tried/is trying.
Though I agree that such packs violate net neutrality, there has to be a law that outlaws this, so that other telcos are not allowed to offer such discriminatory packs either. But since the govt. is sleeping on it, its totally unfair to cry foul on this move by Uninor. In any case is VOIP even going to work on its 2G network?

Avi
Avi

1st of all these packs should nt exist. there shouldn’t be any separate social networks packs.. if they want to make the data free for any specific social network then they should add these add-ons to any data packs. like for 123rs u get 1gb 3g data and with 150rs u get 1gb 3g data + unlimited whatsapp/facebook data etc… just think about one thing.. these packs are just a way to deduct ur main ac balance if ur using android. as on android if u keep the data ON the the data will be used all across the OS.… Read more »

S Gopal
S Gopal

+1.

Sudhakar
Sudhakar

Ah. Stop saying the same rhing again. Just force stop and disable the unnecessary apps. Do you know how to do?. Lol.

juned
juned

sudhakar writes the most dumb comments on telecom talk. there is not any measure to control the data on android there are many apps which uses the data in the background and you cannot close them all. and also android system and google apps uses data.

Ace
Ace

It is possible to block all internet usage except a single app.

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