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12 Jul 2018

BSNL launches India's first without-SIM internet telephony service

Returning to the fray, state-run telecom operator BSNL announced the launch of India's first general internet telephony service that will allow users to call any number in India without a SIM card.

The calls will be facilitated via BSNL's mobile app "Wings".

Up until now, internet calls were possible only within users of particular apps, and not on telephone numbers in general.

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India's first internet telephony service launched by BSNL

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha lauds BSNL's initiative

"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 call without SIM," said Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha at the inauguration event of BSNL's new service.

Wings

Wings will also be available for PC

The new service will be particularly useful for those who have poor mobile network connections, but have access to the internet via any wi-fi network.

Video calling is supported and will be available between Wings users, and the internet-based calling service will reportedly also be available for use on a computer, thereby allowing for added functionality.

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The tech behind BSNL's internet telephony service

BSNL Wings is being provided using IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), an architectural framework for making internet calls, and Next Generation Network (NGN) that basically converts voice, data and videos into IP packets. The required IP client, in this case, is the Wings app.

Plans

BSNL is offering unlimited audio and video calling

Registration for Wings will begin this week, and the service be available from July 25.

For now, BSNL is offering unlimited audio and video calling for a year, and BSNL users can activate the service for domestic calls with a one-time recharge of Rs. 1,099.

International calls will be charged as per extant landline tariffs, and will require a Rs. 2,000 ISD deposit.

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How much do we have to pay for international calling?

Asked on 12-07-2018 by Dr.Mangaldas Thakore

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International calls will be charged as per extant landline tariffs and will require a Rs.2,000 ISD deposit.

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I am a user of BSNL land-line. Kindly tell me how can I use this service?

Asked on 12-07-2018 by Vijay Kumar

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The service is only for users with Mobile phones. After the service will be available from July 25, you can activate the service for domestic calls with a one-time recharge of Rs. 1,099. The BSNL users will get the notifications and messages about the offer.

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