It is pretty simple—internet is far cheaper than regular calling.
While local calls are almost free, inter-city and international calls are pretty expensive. However, chat applications solved this issue by allowing users to communicate with people overseas using the internet route.
Internet service providers are gaining revenue by having their data consumed for OTT applications, thus pushing telecos into losses.
This reason, apart from concerns over national security with encryption-based OTT apps, are what most governments (and telecom operators) against.
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After Whats App rolled out the voice calling, they are now enabling video calls too.
Facebook Messenger always had voice and video calling for a while.
Saudi Arabia had previously banned Whats App and Viber, and now they have blocked Facebook Messenger, at least as far as media reports are stating.
Users have reported that the applications were popping up messages on screen when trying to make voice and video calls.