Voice Communication via App

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Times of India reports that, in India, you may soon be able to dial landline or mobile phone numbers from popular Internet apps such as Skype, WhatsApp or Viber, following clearance for inter-connect agreements between Internet service providers and telecom operators by an inter-ministerial panel of the government on Monday.

The move may result in substantially lower charges for voice calls (which would be billed as per data usage), though poor quality of Internet networks - a general irritant with broadband services in many parts of the country - could be a dampener.

A part from being a consumer-friendly move, the decision to allow inter-connect agreements between ISPs and telecom operators will be a shot in the arm for Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Infocomm, which will soon begin services across the country . Reliance Jio plans to offer voice over its 4G network. Following the panel's clearance, its subscribers will be able to terminate calls on the landline or mobile networks of any service provider ranging from MTNL or BSNL's fixed lines to the mobile numbers on Airtel, Vodafone or Idea Cellular.

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