Which mobile service outside the US offers Skype to its users?

Drsunil V March 22, 2014
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Which mobile data service outside the US offers free Skype calls to its subscribers? Regarding free skype calls to Sprint subscribers in US.

  1. Oron J
    March 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Technically, Skype uses an ordinary internet connection masquarading as web traffic, so it's not a question of "offering" it but rather, as not making efforts to block it. All you need is a 3G or 4 G service. There are many providers that fall into that category. In the UK, I know for a fact that 3 will allow you to use Skype, but there must be hundreds of other providers internationally who will let you use Skype.

    • Drsunil V
      March 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks. Please note that question implies similar to how facebook page mobile data charges nullified through partnership with mobile service providers. So even if other apps which incur internet charges , the skype app would not incur mobile data charge

    • Oron J
      March 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

      There's a critical difference between "free Facebook allowance" and free Skype use. With facebook, the ISP/mobile provider can simply filter our any traffic coming from facebook.com from its data count. Skype to Skype calls, on the other hand, run as a peer to peer service. That is, it runs between your computer/mobile and the other user's computer/mobile. There's not obvious way to identify the traffic as being Skype-related. One way to idenfity such traffic would be to have a special version of Skype which would communicate with the service provider and report the amount of data used for Skyping.

      3, which I mentioned earlier, did provide a branded version of Skype, but as far as I know they did not exempt Skype from the data limit. In fact, it would be a strange thing for a mobile provider to do - give you a contract for phone calls & data, and provide you with a means of bypassing it. Still, keep looking, perhaps there's a company out there that offers that!

  2. Jeff F
    March 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I'm not aware of any mobile services providers who "offer free skype calls". Skype calls are free anyway.

    • Drsunil V
      March 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      hi. Please note that 'free' does not imply not only free skype-to-skype but also mobile data charges incurred through the mobile service provider. Please look at an example in question description