Starting September 27th, the Do Not Disturb (DND) regulations from TRAI will kick-in, meaning mobile users who have subscribed to the National Do Not Call Registry will stop receiving unsolicited SMS or Calls from telemarketers, financial institutions, advertisers and any other pesky services that harangue users by sending such messages.
While this is a good (and long overdue) move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which will guarantee some peace of mind to consumers, there is a flipside to it as well. Mobile users will also not receive “informational” messages from various services providers or institutions. For example, you will receive (not sure though) any SMS about the call taxi that you had just booked or the confirmation SMS from an eCommerce site that you made a purchase on.
Though the unsolicited messages menace is a genuine one, there are some messages that users will actually need and await for. How to address that, you might ask.
Well, there is a way to implement Partial DND i.e. selectively activate the do not disturb services for a particular category. Details below:
Its a few days late but I’m sure y’all must’ve read about the news that Mobile Number Porting would be introduced to the telecom subscribers in India from December 31st onwards (In some circles)
India will introduce mobile number portability (MNP) on Dec 31, a move that could further intensify the stiff competition in the world’s fastest-growing wireless market and push call charges lower. Mobile Number Portability (MNP), which allows users to retain their number even if they switch operators, will be introduced in two phases, the telecoms regulator said, first in the metro cities and the so-called Category A telecom zones and in other areas by March 20. [Full Reuters article]
It has been a long time coming and will surely give a boost to the already bursting-at-the-seams telecom market but I’m not too sure about its usefulness…especially to users who’re happy with their current provider/network/tariffs/plans etc. Users who’re a tad paranoid about having to let all of their contacts know about a number change or those who always look out for a best deal – irrsepective of the number-changing brouhaha – will be the ones snapping up this facility when it’s launched.
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