Feeds

T-Mobile UK confirms VoIP ban

But it may change its mind on IM

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

T-Mobile UK believes VoIP isn't sufficiently consistent or capable of providing calls of a high enough quality calls to be allowed into its mobile phone network, the carrier said to day in response to revelations it has effectively banned the technology from its latest data-oriented airtime package.

However, the company did say it is considering allowing the use of instant messaging on its network "later in the year". For now, though, IM is likewise off-limits to the company's customers.

Earlier this week, Reg Hardware revealed that the terms and conditions underpinning T-Mobile UK's Web 'n' Walk Professional airtime package, which focuses on GPRS and 3G data connectivity, makes it clear VoIP and IM are not to be used.

"Use of Voice over Internet Protocol and Messaging over Internet Protocol [over the service] is prohibited by T-Mobile," the Ts&Cs read. "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."

We asked T-Mobile to comment on the policy. It said: "Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in a wireless environment is an emerging technology. In our view, the technology is not yet of a consistent or high enough level of quality to offer a good customer experience on the T-Mobile network. This situation may change in the future, but for now we believe it is in the best interests of our customers to restrict the use of VoIP technology. We are also looking to provide an Instant Messaging (IM) solution for our customers later in the year."

Will T-Mobile's attitude relax when it enables its HSDPA 3G network? That technology will "allow customers to experience speeds of up to six times faster than current 3G speeds", the carrier told us. Its recently launched Web 'n' Walk Pro Data Card is "mobile broadband ready", according to T-Mobile, suggesting that while the 3G card isn't broadband now, it will be when HSDPA becomes available.

Hopefully, the big bandwidth boost will allow customers to use Skype as quite a few of them, if Reg Hardware readers are anything to by, want to do. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.