Skype Wants UK Networks to Stop Blocking its Service

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The VoIP based phone service Skype which was recently bought by Microsoft says that it is stepping up pressure on UK networks to allow customers to make calls over its network.

Although Hutchison 3G UK (Three) has a deal with Skype and O2 allows calls over the service, Orange and T-Mobile both ban the service, while Vodafone requires an additional monthly fee to use it.

The UK's telecoms regulator, Ofcom has suggested that it might intervene to force the mobile networks to permit calls over the Skype network.

"You would expect us to be more impatient than Ofcom," Jean-Jacques Sahel, head of European regulatory affairs at Skype, told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview. "In Europe, there's still a huge amount of restrictions."

It is expected that Skype will be incorporated into the Windows Phone smartphone OS, and could be embedded into Nokia smartphones, if the operators don't disable such a facility in their customised versions of the handsets.

On the web: Skype - Ofcom - Bloomberg News

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