DT replaces VoIP ban with surcharge

4 Jun 2009

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) is to end its ban on using voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications on its German wireless network, but will instead introduce a surcharge for the service. According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, DT blocked users from accessing VoIP applications designed specifically for the iPhone in early April 2009. At the time, T-Mobile spokesperson Alexander von Schmettow told newspaper The Local: ‘It is clearly stated in our customer contracts that such services may not be used. There are two reasons for this – because the high level of traffic would hinder our network performance, and because if the Skype programme did not work properly, customers would make us responsible for it.’ T-Mobile Deutschland customers wishing to use VoIP services such as Skype will have to pay a fee starting at EUR9.95 (USD14.16) a month.