Good news for all the SMS fans or Heavy SMS Users! Delhi High Court today ordered the withdrawal of 200 SMS per day cap for personal communication while upholds ban on unsolicited or marketing SMSes.
The Delhi High Court on Friday lifted the cap on sending 200 SMS per day for personal usage while upholding the curb on unsolicited commercial calls (UCC) or SMS.
The ruling came in response to a petition filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog which contended that the limit puts severe restrictions on the citizen’s right to ‘speech and telecommunication’.
The petition contended that the curb on SMS was undesirable, because a substantial drop in UCC calls was achieved without imposing a cap'. It said the imposition of a SMS cap had been carried out in a completely non-transparent manner and was therefore illegal.
Last year, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) restricted the number of non-commercial SMSes that can be send from a SIM to 100 to deter unsolicited SMSes by telemarketing companies. It later raised this limit to 200 messages per day follwing requestes from mobile services providers and consumers. There was no restriction on commercial messages sent through telemarketing companies registered with TRAI.
Responding to concerns raised by telecom body COAI, the TRAI exepmted certain services from the SMS limit. TRAI exempted e-ticketing agencies for responding to e-ticketing request made by its customers, SMSes from social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, LinkedIn and GooglePlus to their members in connection to activities relating to their accounts, based on verifiable options; and agencies providing directory services, such as Justdial, Zatse, Callezee, Getit and Askme.
Note: But can't be sure by when this will be implemented. So be careful! and will update soon once i get information.