Mobile Companies in courts for charging a premium on sms during festivals

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The Madras High Court issued notices to 10 mobile companies on a petition seeking to bar them from charging extra for SMSes during festivals and other important days.

The high court bench issued notices while admitting a petition by a lawyer, seeking a direction to the companies and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) not to hike the tariff for this period.

Petitioner Arunachalam also sought an interim stay on undue and sudden hike on SMS charges during important festivals and special occasions like New year's eve on December 31 and January 1.

He contended that mobile companies offered attractive packages while enrolling customers, including 200 Free SMS for Rs one a day, 50 paise per SMS but later announce they would maintain special SMS tariffs on December 31.

This forces users to restrict SMS and curtail private space and free communication on important festival days. Trai was also not taking steps to control it, he alleged.

HC issues notice to telcos on SMS charges — timesofindia.indiatimes.com — Readability
 

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I hope some relief comes before 31st :p
 


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FIR should be issued against them for charging extra in 15th August and 26 January! SMSes(10 sms atleast) on these dates should be completely free!
 

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seriously? on what grounds? this is not a privilege. this is a service that they provide. and if there are no laws limiting the pricing of sms charges, on what basis are you going to file a complaint? a petition has been filed. this might result in a new regulation by TRAI or whatever. and once there is a regulation, mobile operators would have to comply with them. there is a due procedure to be followed.
 

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You are absolutely right!

..OK don't give it free but at least your current SMS pack should work because its not a normal festival day..Its Country's Independence and Republic Day!
 
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