WhatsApp voice calling users in South Africa can expect to pay normal data rates when using the service on a mobile network, spokespeople for MTN and Vodacom have said.
Both Vodacom and MTN have now stated they won’t implement the special rates for VoIP which they have filed. Nevertheless, it doesn’t remove the threat to consumers.
A few yeas ago the top South African service providers announced they would charge extra for VoIP data usage and filed an application with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), was to be charged separately to ones existing data rate or included data bundle.
Vodacom lodged a tariff of R10 per MB for VoIP traffic, while MTN lodged a tariff of R25 per MB.
MTN previously warned users in its terms and conditions: “You will also be charged retrospectively at R21.93 per Megabyte (VAT excluded) [R25 per MB VAT included] for any VoIP traffic…” Source My Broadband.
The main reason for this action was providers fears over announced services such as WhatsApp voice calling and of course the growing trend of data communication, such as; Facetime and Skype.
What is your main means of communication: sms, WhatsApp, voice calls, etc and will you use WhatsApp voice calling as opposed to traditional voice calls?