Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued the draft Telecommunication Tariff (65th Amendment) Order 2020 ‘. Under this, the validity of free 100 SMS in a day has been done away with. In its statement, TRAI said that the Telecom Charges Order of 1999 made it mandatory for the Telecom List-13 telecom companies to recover 50 paise for every SMS after 100 SMS per day on a SIM, which is now removed by TRAI. has gone.
Meaning that now telecom companies can give users a discount to send more than 100 free SMS in a day. Earlier, there was a provision to charge 50 paise per SMS for sending more than 100 SMS from a SIM in a day, which has been removed from TRAI. This decision of the telecom companies can prove to be a big gift for the mobile users. In fact, during the period of lockdown, there has been an increase in calling and sending SMS from mobile. In such a situation, the decision of TRAI can give great relief to crores of mobile users.
The particular provision for higher fees over and above a sure threshold for each day SMSes had been introduced in the Telecom Tariff Order in 2012 and was intended to serve as a further guard to scale down the menance of Unsolicited Commercial Communications or pesky telemarketing calls.
In 2018, a new more potent technology pushed framework changed into prescribed through Trai for handling pesky calls.
“Considering the comprehensiveness of TCCCPR 2018 (Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations) 2018 in managing the menace Unsolicited Commercial Communications, it become felt that tariff law which has the potential of adversely affecting the pursuits of true non-business bulk users of SMS is no longer required and therefore may be removed,” Trai said.