Mobile operators block VoIP application

News

Mobile operators block VoIP application

Antony Savvas

Mobile contract users have complained that mobile operators have blocked the Truphone voice over IP application on their new Nokia handsets.

There have been complaints that both Vodafone and Orange have either removed or permanently “hidden” the Truphone application on Nokia N95 handsets bought under contract.

The N95 is a high specification phone designed to allow users to easily make free or cheaper VoIP calls using Wi-Fi hotspots, thus preventing mobile operators billing for more expensive calls over their own mobile networks.

Vodafone and Orange have not so far responded to criticism of the move.

Vodafone has just announced to contract customers that they will now have to pay more to surf the mobile internet, and its new fixed pricing structure does not cover VoIP services like Skype, where users will have to pay many times more to use them.

Truphone works perfectly well on N95 devices that have not been “branded” and subsidised by Vodafone and Orange on contracts.

The move to block free mobile internet access by Vodafone and Orange comes as the European Commission clamps down on mobile roaming call charges.

EC wants roaming charges slashed by summer >>

Truphone website >>

Truphone on wikipedia >>

Skype website >>

Vodafone website >>

Orange website >>

Comment on this article: e-mail computer.weekly@rbi.co.uk


Email Alerts

Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant products and special offers from TechTarget and its partners. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.
 

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy