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Swedish Teleco Firms Looking Into Block VoIP Claiming Losses In Earnings 151

An anonymous reader writes "Telia, a Swedish telecommunications company, is now looking into possible solutions to block free VoIP services like Skype and Vibr, claiming the losses are beginning to take its toll on the total earnings. Critics are saying the companies have wrongly implemented outdated pricing models, and the act could threaten net transparency and Independence. A new report from regulators of the European phone market shows that more and more telecommunications companies will block their subscribers from using free services. The European Commission is investigating whether it is possible to prohibit the blocking of legal services online."
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Swedish Teleco Firms Looking Into Block VoIP Claiming Losses In Earnings

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  • What the heck? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @02:13AM (#39519847)

    Why is it that when companies managed to reach a nice cushioned position they complain when the rules of the game change? this does not make sense to me.
    You had all this time to profit and INNOVATE. Why not start your own VOIP service? instead, like some retarded dictator you want to block progress.

    Innovate or die.

  • by FaxeTheCat ( 1394763 ) on Friday March 30, 2012 @02:19AM (#39519867)
    This sounds just like the music and movie business when they were trying to resist the changes in technology instead of embracing it.
    We know how that worked out.
    Maybe the telecom people should start reading the news?
  • Re:What the heck? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hentes ( 2461350 ) on Friday March 30, 2012 @02:32AM (#39519941)

    On one hand it's understandable that after giving their users nearly unlimited mobile net they feel tricked when noone is paying them for phone calls anymore. On the other hand if it's cheaper to make phone calls over Skype than it is in the traditional way that means that phone calls are hugely overpriced because Skype has strong security and much better sound quality than a phone call. In any case, they should have seen this coming and plan forward, transforming from telcos to mobile net companies.

  • by WillHirsch ( 2511496 ) on Friday March 30, 2012 @02:33AM (#39519951)
    Deem too much effort
  • Re:Why prohibit? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @03:07AM (#39520093)

    You seems to think that the telecommunication industry is a free market. It is not. It provides vital infrastructure which means that it's, and should be, heavily subsidized and regulated.

  • Not really angry, more like depressed. The winters are long, cold, and dark.

    It is not helped by the fact that Swedes are notoriously uncommitted in their relationships, resulting in one of the highest, if not the highest percentage of 1-person households and single-parent families on the planet. Stockholm is littered with foreigners who married Swedes, moved here, then got dumped a few years later ("Ah well, this is our third argument this year, it's too much trouble to work out, I'm just divorcing you instead"--I shit you not, this actually happened to a friend of mine) and they wind up staying on so they can see their kids. And many of these ex-pats seem to spend most of their time, when not at work or visiting the kids, getting drunk and/or drug-fucked.

    Don't get me wrong, I've lived here for nearly 5 years. As a resident and as a worker, I've been treated extremely well, and I'm very grateful for this. But I am really glad I met someone who's also not from here, instead of trying to hook up with a Swedish girl.

    And it can be a beautiful country (especially in the summer, when it never really gets dark), and some Swedes are actually quite warm and friendly. But it's also true that about 20% of my neighbours in this building are single, live alone, don't go out much, and seem to have few if any visitors.

    It's a bit sad. And if you are at all prone to depression, it can be a real struggle to make it through the winter here. This comes from one who knows all too well.

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