Microsoft s voice calling and instant messaging service Skype will soon be unable to make calls to landlines or mobiles within the country, the company said in a support page. The feature will be unavailable from November 10, 2014. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Skype will now let users add up to 100 participants to join the chat simultaneously
The company hasn t yet offered a reason behind abandoning the domestic calls, but it notes that it will continue to offer free international Skype-to-Skype calls. On the support page, Skype advises users who have bought the premium subscription plan to cancel it to avoid being billed in the future. Do note that users can still continue to make calls within the country until November 10. Also Read - Skype desktop app gets noise cancellation feature: How to activate it during calls
According to a Times of India report, government regulations don t permit Skype and other companies to make internet-based calls originating and ceasing within the nation. It is yet to be seen if Google s Hangouts which recently introduced this feature in India, and Viber will also retract this ability.
We have asked Microsoft for an official statement and will update the post when we hear from them.