Telia holds Skype hostage, may block VoIP in Sweden


Skype(s msft) may be blocked for use by a wireless provider in the very country one of its founders,Niklas Zennström, is from. Sweden’s Telia is reportedly considering a block on Skype’s mobile video and VoIP services later this year unless customers pay an additional usage charge. The situation has some Telia customers incensed enough that they’ve created a protest page on Facebook.

Last month, Telia spokesperson, Charlotte Züger, provided the first hint of the possible Skype block, speaking to Sveriges Radio: “It’s going to mean that there will be service plans where it’s not included so it won’t work. I believe, quite simply, that we need to be able to get paid for our various services no matter what, as different service plans include different things.” Such actions would likely apply to all other mobile VoIP services, as Telia would defend against losing voice plan revenues.

Telia appears committed to this…

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