Although several major cities in India are blanketed by 3G (with 4G going mainstream later this year), most of the towns — particularly those in the rural regions — are still on 2G connectivity, prompting Skype to launch an app which will work on low-speed networks.
Also, given that most of the device sales occur in the low-end category, with the Lumia 520 and Lumia 535 outpacing all other Windows Phones in terms of volume, Skype is looking to increase its userbase by catering to entry-level Lumia (and Asha) handsets. Another goal for Skype is to improve its experience as a whole to match that of the competition, which includes the likes of Viber, Line and Hike.
According to Skype spokesperson Filipp Seljanko, speaking to The Indian Express:
Seljanko also offered his views on the net neutrality debate that has taken center-stage in India, stating:
Indian readers, are you excited that a less resource-intensive version of Skype will be available in the country shortly?
Source: The Indian Express
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.