If you are a high SMS user, its time to rethink on how you going to communicate with your friends. India's Home Ministry today banned all Bulk SMS and MMS services for 15 days across the country to curb spread of rumours which has led to exodus of North Eastern people from certain parts of country.
According to Union Home Secretary, Mr. R.K. Singh, "from today onwards, No one will be able to send more than 5 SMS in one go and MMSes of more than 25 KB data through their mobile phones (CDMA/GSM) during the ban period."
India's Home Ministry has asked Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to implement the SMS/MMS Ban order through the Mobile Service providers (GSM/CDMA) in all circles across India. This restriction does not apply on the SMS, MMS in respect of transactional message related institutions such as Banking, Financial institutes & Railways.
The ban announced by Home Ministry just after Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh said that spread of rumors by miscreants had led to people belonging to the North East to flee from Hydrabad (Andhra Pradesh) Bangalore (Karnataka), Pune (Maharashtra) and some other parts of the country, amidst threats of retaliatory attacks over Assam violence.