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RESTRICTION: T-Mobile UK prohibits use of VoIP and IM over its Web 'n' Walk service
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 10.05.06 - 17:16:04 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9398x
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As German teltarif.de reports, T-Mobile UK has said it definitely prohibits the use of VoIP and Instant Messenger applications over its Web 'n' Walk Professional mobile Internet access package. The T-Mobile UK web site declares "Use of Voice over Internet Protocol and Messaging over Internet Protocol is prohibited by T-Mobile. If use of either or both of these services is detected T-Mobile may terminate all contracts with the customer and disconnect any SIM cards and/or web 'n' walk cards from the T-Mobile network."

In a conversation with ZDNet, Robert Langton, T-Mobile UK's data marketing manager, stated "It's a commercial decision that we took. We charge two and a half times less than our competition. We're aiming at the business network. We spoke to our customers and it's not key to them."

Pardon me? What? Prohibiting IM over web'n'walk? What's that? I mean is T-Mobile UK selling Windows Mobile devices in the UK which includes MSN Messenger (unlike Orange)? If so, how can it be wrong to use a service *which is preinstalled* on a T-Mobile labeled MDA or SDA?

However, it becomes even worse. According to Langton, T-Mobile could allow IM over the T-Mobile network, if enough customers requests it. "However, in this case it could be T-Mobile messaging client".

Looks like also UK T-Mobile users can slightly say good bye to MSN Messenger on Windows Mobile devices and it sounds not to be a good idea at all to install and use Skype or similar services on the devices, while connected to T-Mobile.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by raymond de on 11.05.06 - 03:37:57

Enterprise adoption of VoIP technology in North America will double by 2010,

http://longdistance-t1.com

Posted by cizake on 14.05.06 - 05:07:44

Arne Hess wrote:

In a conversation with ZDNet, Robert Langton, T-Mobile UK\'s data marketing manager, stated \"It\'s a commercial decision that we took. We charge two and a half times less than our competition. We\'re aiming at the business network. We spoke to our customers and it\'s not key to them.\"


Well if they charge so less, why are they so afraid customers would use an alternative calling method??

Posted by Saif on 12.06.06 - 07:43:46

T-mobile should realise that apps like MSN use extremely small amounts of data and therefore shouldn't be banned. Streaming of radio stations and video will take people much closer towards their 2GB monthly limit.

I guess if enough people complain then they might change it.

Posted by Mike Dent on 10.07.06 - 22:44:30

So if I subscribe to T-mobile in the UK and purchase a blackberry from them, am I permitted to use IM from the blackberry?
This was one of the reasons for me moving from O2.!?!
Mike

Posted by Marizu on 12.07.06 - 11:13:04

Saif wrote:

I guess if enough people complain then they might change it.

They are most likely banning it because it eats into their text message revenue stream.

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