Now Lifetime SIMs Will Loose Its Sheen Within 20 days

Now Lifetime SIMs Will Loose Its Sheen Within 20 daysAs per the latest report on ‘Daily Bhaskar‘ it states TRAI guidelines on lifetime SIM card may soon be terminated from service if not recharged or any calls made or received from it in 20 days.

Now if you think your lifetime sim will actually give you a lifetime validity then its time think again.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has silently put forward the new rules under which if a mobile number does not have any outgoing or incoming calls for more than twenty days, the services to the number will be terminated and the number can be re-allotted.

Previously the rule was for a period of 180 days before the services were terminated for non-use. Either a recharge or an incoming or outgoing call within 180 days allowed the customers to keep their services. Later in 2010, the period was reduced to 90 days.

The rule has been set by TRAI 3 months ago but there has been no public notice regarding the new rule till date. Even the service providers have failed to inform their customers.

Do you think its a good move by TRAI do let us know via comment.

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December 27, 2015 12:05 pm 12:05 PM

This is such a sneaky move. lets say someone goes to a month trip overseas, and comes back, BAM all the connected accounts, and stuff are gone!!
more like a back-stab, when you don’t even know that can happen!

March 15, 2013 7:59 pm 7:59 PM
absolutely not a right thing now a days mobile numbers were linked to bank accounts, gas filling and somany other activities, so it is difficult to manage if all of sudden it got deactivated, before deactivating the service provider must warn by SMS or CALL inadvance, then if customer is not doing so they can do so. as the public not hold any importance and no one rising the voice the TRAI is implementing new policy without knowldge of common public it is really cheating the users, if regulatory body themselves are doing so where we can go and complaint?… Read more »
Sharad Ambekar
February 2, 2013 3:48 pm 3:48 PM

I use my mobile sim to send messages in India. Incase there is breakin in my flats in Pune I get sms and and to 5 more people. This shows that there is so much corruption in telecom and Govt sector that it is beyond imagination to normal human mind. I have changed 2 simms using different companies since I live in USA for 6 months and 6 months in India. This ruling to have calls made within 20 days or your simm is cacelled is ridiculous.