Mobile phone users will now be able to send upto 200 SMSes per day as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Tuesday raised the earlier imposed cap of 100 messages following requests from telcos and consumers. The previous rule of 100 sms per day per sim (effeted from 27th October) is raised to 200 sms per day per sim.
‘The authority has received representations from some of the service providers and consumers to increase the limit of 100 SMS per day per SIM. The authority has considered these representations and decided to increase the limit,’ TRAI said in a statement.
In an effort to curb unsolicited commercial calls and messages, the regulator had in September restricted service providers from providing any SMS package or tariff plan permitting sending more than 100 SMSes per day per SIM.
However, it had relaxed this restriction for some categories of users such as dealers of telecom operators, e-ticketing service providers and social networking sites.
Besides, this restriction was not applicable on festivals.
Earlier this month, the regulator had also imposed a termination charge of 5 paise per SMS on operators from whose networks commercial messages originate to further curb pesky messages.