But local reports have speculated that it is a way of protecting the revenues of traditional telecoms companies.
Video and voice calling allows people to call over the internet rather than phone networks, avoiding the expense that can often come with calling outside of the country or for extended times.
There is not always the larger agenda of finding "the one", the Mister or Miss Right who's the logical culmination of the ordeal that is romance and courtship.
A horde of girls and boys, women and men, are rapidly "unsingling" - swiping, clicking, ticking possible "matches" online, then going on to chat up and zeroed in profile, and finally, in several cases, taking it to the next level and meeting up offline, hanging out, and often, having sex.
But they are not necessarily "coupling" - that is, their relationship status on Facebook isn't changing to "committed", or even "it is complicated"; they don't see immediately themselves in a long-term partnership.
When I express my general scepticism, the freshly disengaged mommy of a few-month-old infant coolly says, "The pressure to f*ck isn't all that bad. The opposite sex, as also the apposite sex, is only a click/swipe away.
And on Truly Madly, Thrill, Desi Crush, Singles Around Me.
The unsingles on app-sphere, who could have been the fin de siècle Columbuses afloat in the digital Atlantics of chatrooms and instant messengers, are now cul de sac experimenters of not just newfound technology but also longstanding social mores, ready to throw away established modes of finding a guy/gal and "keeping" him/her.
Not exactly an affluenza of sex, for sex outside permissible bounds was always an open secret, but an assault on the romantic ideal itself.Internet calling over Whats App and Viber were already blocked.Similar apps including Tango and Line are still available in the country.The idea is to be spontaneous rather than structuring outings weeks in advance. For those who prefer to meet one-on-one and are seeking a platonic connection, Peoplehunt could be for you.Also based on activities and interest, you could find a workout buddy or someone to practice French with.For the scarce ideal is replaced by the democratised, capitalised many.