For Skype users in India, domestic voice calls have been given a death date, as the VoIP service prepares to shut down the feature in November.
According to an official Skype support page, which was originally surfaced by Times of India, the ability to make domestic voice calls to both mobile and landlines will be shutdown on November 10. From that date onward, Skype users will no longer be able to call other India-based numbers, whether they’re a mobile or landline, from within India. However, the limitation is purely domestic, as Skype users in India will still be able to call mobiles and landlines outside of the country.
Moreover, Skype users that are outside of India will still be able to call landlines and mobiles within the country. Skype also notes that if you purchased a subscription for the sole purpose of calling domestic numbers within India via Skype, it can be canceled so that no further billing goes through. Some Skype customers have also been notified of a refund for subscriptions previously purchased.
According to Skype’s support page:
“This change only affects Skype calls to landlines and mobiles; you can still make free Skype-to-Skype calls within India, and you can still call mobiles and landlines in India from outside the country (as well as make calls from India to other countries) You can also use any Skype Credit you currently have to use Skype WiFi or to send SMS messages to your contacts.“
Skype notes that users in India will still be able to call Skype-to-Skype without any issue, even domestically.
If you’re in India, have you received a refund for a subscription due to these impending changes?[via Skype Support; Times of India]