Telefónica O2 Germany opens mobile telecommunications network for Voice-over-IP services. From today, all O2 customers in Germany can use mobile internet telephony services like Skype or Fring with the current internet packs from O2. Using VoIP services will not be extra charged.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it is to end its ban on mobile VoIP applications within its German network – but will charge customers upwards of EURO € 9.95 per month for the service.
The operator justified the surcharge by explaining that billions of euros invested by operators in the roll-out of networks in recent years were based on rate costings with income from voice telephony and mobile data.
T-Mobile Germany is reconsidering its VoIP strategy as a rival carrier works on special VoIP plans.
The change of heart is in sharp contrast to T-Mobile’s threat to cut off VoIP users – both physically and contractually – after Skype announced the release of its iPhone app in March.