Ministry Leaves Charging of Mobile Services Up to Tencent
The ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that it’s now up to Tencent Holdings Inc. whether to charge the services of WeChat, its popular text and voice messaging application. Recently the ministry is consulting with telecommunication carriers to see whether to charge WeChat users for using the service but Tencent said that they will not be charging it users.
The mobile app was launched in 2011, and the company has the right to charge or how to charge its users based on market conditions while the government have never intervened and will not intervene anymore in from now on. The reports on the company charging for its services spread concerns online and users are saying that once the company starts charging they will switch to other free messaging applications rather than paying.
While the government acknowledged that Tencent will not be charging for WeChat but hops that that the company will work to telecom companies in resolving issues based on market mechanisms. WeChat is causing problems with several problems in other countries since its locator function is placing a burden on carrier networks.