5 SMSes a day, government’s new rule
By Express News Service - BANGALORE
19th August 2012 09:57 AM
Confusion prevailed among cellphone users on Saturday as service providers enforced a limit of five messages a day.
Also, the 25 KB data limit on sending MMS had users up in arms as it curtailed all communication options besides calling. While the ban came into effect on Saturday, the users were told their SMS usage would be restricted to just five messages per day till September 2.
“The email sent by Department of Telecom (DoT) says that not more than five messages per user, a day can be allowed and we have implemented the same,” said a senior official of BSNL.
However, another official added that his interpretation of the rules meant not more than five messages at once to multiple recepients.
The notification sent by R K Singh states, “Block bulk SMS (more than 5) for the next 15 days in the entire country across all states/union territories” and “block bulk MMS (more than 5) and an MMS with attachment more than 25 KB for the next 15 days in the entire country.” Officials of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said they had written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking clarification.
“We have acted upon the notification issued by DOT. But we have also sought clarification on whether it is for bulk messages or a flat ban,” a senior team member of COAI said.
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