TRAI says no to additional charges on Whatsapp and other IM Platforms, huge relief for consumers

By August 19th, 2014 AT 2:00 PM

It is time to rejoice for all the folks who are drenched in the World of Instant Messaging. Applications like Whatsapp have outgrown and are now an integral part of our lifestyle It was just a couple of days ago that TRAI was going to hold a meeting with the Telcos to decide if they can levy additional charges for using IM applications. This had caused a furor amongst the consumers and all started cursing the Telecos for their shortsightedness and being extremely revenue centric.

TRAI WhatsappAccording to reports by Economic Times, TRAI has squashed the idea and has said that it will further devoid from conducting any sort of consultation regarding this matter. TRAI feels that the revenue drop can be made with the increase in the mobile data users and also the substantial increase in the volume of the Data usage.

This entire ordeal was not just about restrictions over a application but the big picture was about handing over the baton to the telecom operators and letting them decide how they want to allow us to use the data.

Consumers were dejected with the idea to impose an overhead price for the Instant Messaging applications and they also pointed out at the average data services that are already overpriced.

The Telcos should on the other hand try coming up with good unlimited 3G packs for the consumers which will increase their Average Earning per Customer and also the subscriber base. It is a wise decision from TRAI and the Whatsapp and other IM users can sit back and once again continue enjoying the applications without fretting about additional charges.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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Hi, I am so sorry to put this thread here, but i couldn’t find a reply anywhere. I have been using unlimited 3G pack on Vodafone and every month i am billed with some download charges(300 Rs every month!), when i inquire there, they ignore the fact saying you have downloaded premium services. My concern is: – Can they charge without notification? – Where these money go to? – I asked for vendor who charged this and the reply is they cannot share any private details with costumers, isn’t it my right to know. hereby i can say a truth… Read more »


Surrender postpaid and use vodafone prepaid.


Better to use gift packs of ?98 and ?149 for 1gb and 2gb respectively

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