Friday, September 30, 2011

Telemarketing ban margins you to 100 SMS-es “a day”

A new challenge to protect you from spam sms-es and telemarketing calls will also limit how many text messages you can send in a day. So if you have itchy fingers, watch out. Starting yesterday, nobody can send more than 100 sms-es a day.

The new law, introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, is meant at checking those random text messages you get on how to buy a sauna belt, or "lose motapa (get thinner)."

But it has its critics. "We had recently undertaken a campaign, and had to send nearly 200 messages every day. If this rule had been valid then, our campaign would have faced severe setbacks. Their intentions are admirable, but their way is wrong. Why can't they limit the number of messages that tele-marketing firms send out every day," said Abhisekh Lamba, an engineering student from Mumbai.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) also spoke concern over the order. Rajan S Mathews, director general, COAI, said, "All service providers have made necessary arrangements to comply with the TRAI regulation, in order to curb the menace of telemarketing calls. However, many of our officers have uttered reservations about the 100 SMSes per day control. We have also asked TRAI to reassess the move."

Mathews added, "While we are keen to eradicate the menace of pesky communication - which amounts to an invasion of the consumer's privacy - we are equally particular about protection the consumer's rights. The consumer funds the right to choose any method of communication, which is suitable for him. No false limitations should be forced upon this basic liberty."

1 comment:

  1. withdraw this orelse increase the number of msgs to 500per day then every one will b happy nw no one is satisfied with this decision especially youth its against to our freedom so plz rethink once or extend the numbers of msgs dnt play with us msging is the cheapest way of communicating each other the 100sms per day will nt at all sufficient for the users. plz rethink on this decision once