Mobile Chat App to Remain Free
Recently Tencent announced that they have no plans in charging users for its WeChat services, this shows a potential indication of a direct transaction between Internet companies and the country’s major telecommunication carriers which will not affect users is now a possibility.
In their statement the company along with telecom carriers said that they might develop a collaborative and mutual beneficial relationship of an over the top business. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei said that they were looking for a possibility of users having to pay for WeChat and have asked telecom operators to submit plans. But they will be considering the impact it will have on users and will not allow any high fees to be charged.
WeChat is a mobile app used for chatting, also known as Weixin it offers free text and voice messages and photo sharing services. The app have attracted more than 300 million users since it was launched two years ago thus creating a challenge in the text and call services offered by telecom operators in the country.
Over the top businesses are internet based companies that use the online networks of telecom operators in offering video, audio and data services which require a certain amount of resources of an operator’s network.