Operators against TRAI proposal on mobile internet activation, Why it’s a bad move ?

By May 29th, 2015 AT 2:00 PM

TRAI had recently come with a proposal which require explicit consent of consumers before activating mobile internet facility. This was aimed at protecting consumers from ‘bill shock’ due default activation of mobile internet services.


Private Telcos Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio has opposed this proposal and stated that data service should be part of basic mobile telephone service like calling and SMS. Operators also said TRAI is considering data service under value added service instead of basic services.

TRAI’s Proposal

As per the proposal of TRAI, operators should activate mobile internet service only after getting explicit consent of consumers and it should be deactivated by sending an SMS to toll free number 1925. Also the operators have to send periodic SMS to subscribers informing bout the procedure for deactivation of data specified. The proposal has been accepted by state run telcos MTNL and BSNL.

At present all operators provide pre-activated data service for all subscribers and cannot be deactivated. But the base tariff can be as high as Rs 10,000 per GB while the same cost around Rs 170 if subscriber activate a data plan. Also the data remains active even after subscriber exhaust data limit leading to ‘bill shock’.

Do let us know by comments whether you support default activation of data service on your mobile number.

An IT professional who has got great passion for telecom. Has been closely watching Indian telecom space since 2009.

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no activation of data card on mobiles by default without express consent.


Good decision by TRAI, telecom talk has penned down my thoughts, as usual the operators will oppose as a good percentage of their data revenue comes from this. Recently i recharged bsnl 68 Rs 1 GB 3g plan, after hours of moderate speed it really worked as real 3g unexpectedly, online video player adjusted the quality as per the speed dynamically , bsnl never warned me about 85% data consumption, and it wiped all my balance of 80 Rs for over use for just extra 40 MB in just may be 1 or 2 mins. I never keep balance in… Read more »

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