BSNL launches 'Wings', India's first mobile-app allowing Internet telephony service
BSNL customers will now be able to make calls using the company's mobile app "Wings" to any phone number in the country. The state-run telecom firm has today unveiled the mobile app, the first Internet telephony service in India. Before this, phone calls on mobile apps were possible within users of a particular app and not on telephone numbers.
SIM not needed to make calls
"In present competitive environment, increase in market share by BSNL is laudable. I congratulate BSNL management for Internet telephony which will enable consumers to make calls without SIM," Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said after inaugurating the service. Using this service, BSNL customers will be able to make calls on any network in the country even by using BSNL Wi-Fi or any other service provider.
Calls to be charged by telecom operators just like before
Telecom Commission, the highest-decision-making body of the Department of Telecom, had allowed companies who hold valid telecom license, to provide app-based calling service even by using Wi-Fi connection. The service provider will be required to comply with all the interception and monitoring related requirements and calls will be charged by telecom operators and all rules related to normal calls will be applicable to them.
Registration to start this week
The registration for this new BSNL service will start this week and the services will be activated from July 25 onwards.