New Delhi: TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has ordered to all service providers across the country to restrict their subscribers to limit 100 SMSes per SIM per day. The decision is taken to control the fake calls which spreads the rumours all around. The guidelines are applicable from 27 September, 2011. But there will be a relief for subscribers on some special occasions like Diwali, Eid, Christmas, etc. On these days, the customer will be free to send as many messages he wants.
A TRAI source said,
“In order to curb the menace of pesky calls and messages, as of now, this (recommendation of limit of hundred SMS per day per SIM) will be applicable to all users. If in future some problem arises, we will see the things.“
As per the recommendations, in case of post-paid telephone subscribers, the service providers shall not permit more than 3,000 SMSes per SIM per month.
A crowd from a young section of society feel that the number decided for or a day is too low. Due to easy availability of reasonble and affordable SMS packs, it was cheaper to communicate with their buddies by SMS instead of calls. The authority takes away their freedom to set their own limits. While other section of society appreciate the TRAI’s move.
“In a democratic country, people have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and this move infringes our right. Where goes the democracy, then? Moreover, we are paying for what we are buying,“ said Ashima Kapoor, a mass communication student.