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Telia backtracks on Skype 'block' in Sweden

Published: 24 Sep 2012 17:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Sep 2012 17:20 GMT+02:00

Swedish telecom operator Telia has backtracked on a proposal from March to implement technologies that would have blocked mobile phone users in Sweden from making free calls using services like Skype and Viber, but has announced a hike in data prices.

The company announced in a statement on Monday that it would not charge extra for mobile voice over IP (VoIP) telephony services and that customers would be able to continue using services like Skype and Viber as they do today.

However, Telia revealed that there would be an increase in data prices to “meet customers’ growing demand for data communication”.

The maximum daily fee attached to new subscriptions will be increased from 9 kronor ($1.40) per day to 19 kronor per day, while the amount of data included will be raised from 0.5 to 2 megabytes.

The news comes after the company caused a stir in March announcing that such services would be blocked, a move that some believed was not in line with the European Commission guidelines on “net neutrality” whereby all internet traffic is treated equally.

"I believe, quite simply, that we need to be able to get paid for our various services no matter what, as different service plans include different things," Telia spokesperson Charlotte Züger told Sveriges Radio (SR) at the time.

However, in Monday’s statement Telia announced that VoIP services will continue to be included in all subscriptions, except in a completely new subscription launched on 24 September called Telia Flex Bas.

This subscription is designed for customers who primarily use traditional voice services and have limited need for data communication.

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03:17 September 25, 2012 by Sven-Ingvar
I suspect that as true high speed broadband (one gigabit per second) becomes a norm in Europe the conventional telephone, mobile even conventional media, will become obsolete.

Even now I have date turned off on my mobile and finding free WiFi hotspots around main cities better speed than through a "Telco" mobile tower. I just now use prepaid, about $6 every three months, with $10 recharge added to the existing credits.

Telco's will have to compete with the world in telephone charges. Data charges line rental will become a norm for them. France is now providing fibre to each home (one gigabit per second) already. This is an area like what happened after power lines were supplied to each home, now a norm and much more than just lighting. Those that own the fibre will own the income
13:49 September 25, 2012 by bijbab
"data included will be raised from 0.5 to 2 megabytes". I guess it is gigabytes... Apparently Telia's website also says the same!
15:49 September 25, 2012 by Great Scott
Someones got to pay for their corruption and sex club visits.
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