As of much loss due to communication services like Skype, Line, WeChat, Airtel in India has decided to charge extra to users for using data over VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). So, if it goes, then Voice calling in 3G network will cost about Rs 4,000/Gb and while the same on 2G network will cost about Rs 10,000/Gb.
All Internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for Internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of Rs.0.04/10KB (3G service) and Rs. 0.10/10KB (2G service).
In simple words, Airtel Internet/Data packs won’t work for calls placed through VoIP services like Skype, Viber or other. All VoIP usages will be charged separately with standard rate of Rs. 0.04 per 10KB on 3G network and Rs. 0.10 per 10 KB on 2G network.
So to make a VoIP call, you will need to use their independent VoIP packages, which will be launched shortly. You may choose this pack or even opt for pay-as-you-go basis.
Though Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad at an event stated that, Government will look into this matter and come back with a structured response.