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Published on January 2nd, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

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VOIP in Pakistan: Free Calls to Pakistan a reality?






I see some interesting developments for free or cheap calls to and from Pakistan using Voice over Internet Protocol – i.e. Internet Telephony. This is in parallel to new services (Rebetel and FreeCallPlanet for instance) in US and Europe which allow international calls through mobile phones for the price of regular domestic calls. For a recap of Pakistan’s VOIP situation see my previous posts about free calls to Pakistan and Skype. Also see this post from KO for historical background.

In 2006 there was a lot of turbulence around VOIP in Pakistan. The policy of PTA towards VOIP has never been clear. Some companies in Pakistan – Braintel for instance – have started offering services but they are under the threat of violation of current policies. Some companies are using VOIP to route calls from Pakistan to abroad – that is they provide you a Pakistan number which rings on your US phone – for a monthly fee of $30-50. In future there may be a possibility of a package for calling Pakistan for $10/month flat from FreeCallPlanet.

PTA raided many illegal gateways and claimed that such “grey telephony” setups were costing it millions of rupees. There was an unfortunate incidentas well in which a software startup in Islamabad was wrongly accused of using VOIP termination and its innocent CEO was jailed for many days. This caused a lot of uproar from Pakistan Software professionals and organization.

As a response to all that PTA has made this announcement on its site:

 

The main issue here is the termination fee – the amount PTCL wants to get for routing the call through its infrastructure (PSTN). This is the reason why international calls to Pakistan are still so expensive as compared with calls to US or Europe etc. That is why Pakistan does not show up on FuturePhone (not in service anymore) list of countries where you can call for the price of a domestic call from the US. By the way Etisalat has been doing the same thing in UAE and has blocked Skype there. It is high time that PTA fixes this mess by opening up VOIP and allows free market competition to roll in.


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36 Responses to VOIP in Pakistan: Free Calls to Pakistan a reality?

  1. nadeem khan says:

    pls tel me , who will give me free voip service in europe.

  2. nadeem khan says:

    i wana become your resseller in europ countries , with enormous goals … send me the datails what will be the procedure…..?

  3. jesus says:

    i wana become your resseller in L.American countries , with enormous goals … send me the datails what will be the procedure…..?

  4. Wajid Malik says:

    please if any my friend have any service i need…..please contact me and send me your email on my email address i will wait for your answer thanks…

  5. Wajid Malik says:

    i need a service i will call Dubai to Pakistan Saudia Aeabia and every where in the world from dubai please contact me ….

  6. munir says:

    U can call free upto 2 minutes per day.

  7. MB says:

    let Awab’s words resonate into PTA pipe :

    ” I see these companies actually doing a crime towards the progress of our country, its time the woke up from their greed and thought what is best for Pakistan. ”

    Absolutely right !!

  8. afzalkhan says:

    if any one wants to see hell then plz visit pakistan…….
    with no role’s and regulation. there in pakistan government rit is just to take everything from the people & dont let them live happily. just a bull shit country

  9. muhammad huzaifa says:

    how we can call to poakistan free

  10. majoo says:

    hi every one you can make free call to pakistan and all world
    keep enjoying ,,,

  11. Mushtaq says:

    pls tel me , who will give me free voip service pakistan and canada.

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  13. talwaraa says:

    Drear i have account http://www.freecall.com please vsist http://www.freecall.com and make free with free call account
    thanks

  14. Mania says:

    Hello Guys, for all of those looking for a cheap of free call service from US and Europe to Pakistan, i would recommend you to use VopiumVopium. Using its Call Pakistan Service you can get 250 minutes to call any network, both landline and mobile, in Pakistan for only USD 16.58 per month. The surprising fact is that the service is available in Europe, US, Australia, Denmark, Canada and many other countries and supports more than 500 different devices. Try it today, it covers my budget and convenient for me . I hope it will work for all of you too.

  15. Guide says:

    Dear All,

    Use Tpad service and receive free call on PC or SIP enable WIFI phones from all over the world.

    For More infmroation visit http://www.tpad.com

  16. Mian Shahid says:

    Dear Sir,

    Can you please let me know the call rates from Pakistan to Dubai UAE including? Also write me that do your call conference facility?

    Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

    Regards,

    Mian Shahid

  17. naseeruddin says:

    Hey,

    Guys how i can make cheap calls to PAKISTAN from USA. What is best way or best service BUT cheap plz let me know ASAP?

    Naseer

  18. hammad says:

    hey guys! i live in usa can anybody tell me how i can make free calls to pakistan
    bahuat meherbani hogi

  19. Shafiq says:

    guys i m here n Australia. i wana know z there any service through which i can make free r cheap call to pakistan. i would appreciate ur help.

    thankx.

  20. Junaid says:

    I don’t agree with the writer, even if one has VoIP bandwidth he still has to terminate at a PSTN network which is of PTCL all around Pakistan, so you have to pay for using their nettwork. secondly, if you ask for a free play, i.e. anyone puts in Media gatyeway and starts terminating/orignating calls means “no rule”, no standard, dog eat dog, which is also wrong there must be rules of the game. To me, PTA is doing good but its policies are very vague, must be clearer and specific.

  21. fakhar says:

    how can i make free calls to pakistan plz tell me i am waiting for your response.
    fakhar_ayub6@hotmail.com

  22. nami says:

    how can i make free calls to pakistan

  23. aati says:

    i was using voipwise before for pakistan at very cheap cost but now its becoming more and more expensive why like this? now many persons are leaving this software because they need something affordable if voipwise rates will go like this we were very optimistic with voipwise but now i think they are trying to lose there costumers so my request is to please take down rates for pakistan as we will be much obliged thanks

  24. Abdul Basit says:

    free calls…. and VOIP…. simple…… http://www.connect2pk.com

  25. Hamzah says:

    Fuck PTA ! The losers can only impose unnecessary limitations to serve their self oriented goals.

  26. bilal wahid says:

    yar ais website mujay bahi pata hai jiss say din mai 2:30min ke 3time call ho jatee hian.
    os ka full name mai nahi likhown ga. http://www.low__ip__es.com

    agher kisee nai ais website ka addrees lina hia to muj say ais E:mail per contact kery.

    im_bilal1989@hotmail.com
    im_bilal1989@yahoo.com

  27. ABDUL RAFE says:

    PLEASE SEND ME VOIP SERVICE WHO GIVE ME A FREE CALLS DENMARK TO PAKISTAN

  28. shahab says:

    Are there currently any VoIP providers in Pakistan? I’m currently using Packet 8 from the US in Pakistan … and would prefer to have a Pakistani ph # which I can use in the US.

    Shahab

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  30. Babar Bhatti says:

    GULF NEWS (2/10) reports that an official of Etisalat said that banning VoIP is a losing battle, and that the incumbent telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates is studying how it might offer the technology to consumers.

  31. tahir almas says:

    I agree with Teeth Maestro, ON one side they are seeking to promote broadband culture in pakistan as reflected in Broadband policy 2004 from ministry of IT and on otherside they are playing in the hands of monoply carreires and blocking broadband culture in country … what a contradiction ?

  32. They can try to enforce their monopoly all they want but its stupid to curtail development, specially in a country like ours where economic prosperity is more like a dream yet these bureaucrats like to shove expensive calling solutions down our throat.

    I see these companies actually doing a crime towards the progress of our country, its time the woke up from their greed and thought what is best for Pakistan.

  33. syabie says:

    I really hope that all the operators in this world don’t suppress the development of VOIP technology, as it is only a backward step. After all, we need to look back our main objective of having telecom tech in our ife, – to bring human being together!

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