• June 25th, 2012
  • Robert Zak

kakao talkVoIP services and network providers have always had a bit of a tumultuous relationship. While smartphones are a great platform for services such as Skype to provide their users with free phone calls, the savings customers make on these naturally have an effect on network providers’ profits.

While there has been talk and rumours of providers here in the UK throttling VoIP use on mobile phones, Telecoms operators in Korea have gone all out and throttled mobile phone data when people access Korean VoIP service Kakao Talk.

The service, which was introduced just a few weeks ago, gets hit by up to 50% drops in data packets when customers use it through some of Korea’s major network providers. This has a detrimental effect on call quality and stability.

Of course, this is all unofficial, with none of the operators claiming responsibility for the action. Furthermore, the poor data stats could be related to poor signal. But the poor reception figures relating to Kakao compared to average data speeds in Korea and Japan suggest it’s being tampered with.

[Source: The Next Web]