Wednesday, May 10, 2006

T-Mobile bans VoIP and IM from super-3G service

News story at ZDNet




T-Mobile bans VoIP from super-3G service


T-Mobile announced a flat rate 3G super service, in UK called web n walk professional service that can give users around 1Mbps to 1.8Mbps. Unlike its current web n walk service where the users are allowed to do whatever they want, VOIP and IM applications are banned on this service. As per Analysts, T-Mobile may start its own VOIP service and at that point it might allow users to use VOIP services.

Some believe that we do not need net neutrality as Law, since telecom companies are anyway not going to ban any specific IP traffic for the users. But if there is no law, this is what happens. Network operators decide what applications to run and what applications to use.  This is exactly why we need net neutrality as a fundamental law,

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2 comments:

  1. Uh, sorry, no. There's been a couple instances of fights between providers and VoIP companies, but even with tiered service you can still use other VoIP on all the same lines -- it just won't be the super-fast speeds that are coming. But if it works now, it'll work then. It's just that the provider's own VoIP service will be faster. But it's their pipes! No one's getting screwed here.

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  2. NO. You are missing the point. The point is other VOIP/IM services are banned on the network. If you want VOIP/IM service, buy the one TMobile is offering or you have NONE. Tiered internet is a different issue altogether, where you have a choice of VOIP services, slow and faster and you can choose whatever you want.

    When a user pay internet data plan subscription to Tmobile, user is paying for bandwidth. User should be allowed to use that bandwidth whatever way he/she likes it. Not the way T-Mobile likes it.

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