If you are a high SMS user, time to rethink your communicating way as mobile operators will scrap Unlimited (upto 500 sms/day) SMS packs and introduce maximum 100 SMS/day to meet the TRAI's regulation from 27th September 2011.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finally today announced 27th September 2011 as the date of implementation for Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2011. to stop the menace of telemarketing SMSes.
India's Telecom regulator said that "Every Access Provider (Telecom/Mobile Operators) shall withdraw before the 26th September, 2011 all telecom resources allocated to a telemarketer except those telecom resources which have been allocated in accordance with the provisions of the regulations.”
TRAI’s new regulation also notifies that all SMS packs that allow more than 100 SMS’ per day will not be available for renewal from the date of notification.
TRAI also directs all Access Providers (Basic, GSM and CDMA Mobile service operators) to exclude the following persons from the Limit of 100 SMS per day per SIM :
(i) Dealers of the Telecom Service Providers and DTH Operators for sending request for electronic recharge on mobile numbers.
(ii) E-ticketing agencies for responding to e-ticketing request made by its customers.
(iii) The social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, LinkedIn and Google Plus to its members pertaining to activities relating to their accounts based on their verifiable options.
(iv) Agencies providing directory services – Justdial, Zatse, Callezee, Getit and Askme.
It is expected all operators who are currently offering more than 100SMS/day packs will withdraw such packs, and bring new packs of maximum 100SMS/day or 3000SMS/month pack.
How To Register/ De-Register for DND through IVR/ SMS on 1909.
You can register for the fully blocked category in which no commercial call or SMS will be allowed or for the partially blocked category where u will not receive any commercial call but will receive SMS on categorie(s) that you opt for.
THROUGH IVR : Call 1909 (toll free) and select preference required for activation/deactivation (Full DND/Partial DND)
TO REGISTER THROUGH SMS : To opt for the fully blocked category, send SMS “START 0” to 1909 .
To opt for the partially blocked category, send SMS “Start ”to 1909 as per the categories given below : For e.g. “START 1” for receiving SMS relating to Health·
If u want to choose more than 1 category send START 1,2 to 1909 : 1. Health 2. Education 3. Tourism and leisure 4. Banking / Insurance / Financial Products 5. Consumer goods and automobiles 6. Real Estate 7. Communication / Broadcasting / Entertainment / IT
TO DE- REGISTER THROUGH SMS
for the fully blocked category, send SMS “STOP 0” to 1909.
Note:Your request for registration on the NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY will be given effect to in 7 days from the date of request.