|Ban on Bulk SMS withdrawn by Indian government|
The 15 -day ban which was imposed by the government of India has been withdrawn yesterday (30-08-12) with immediate effect. The ban which was imposed on the 17th of August was said to be in effect till the 31st of August, but the government has withdrawn the ban a day before the mentioned time.
This news has come as a sigh of relief for most of the prepaid mobile phone users who were restricted to send only 20 SMSes per day. The government restricted the amount of outgoing SMSes and MMSes to 5 per day in order to prevent the circulation of rumors which created a chaos among the north east Indians residing in various other parts of the country.
The next improvement in the case was the relaxation of 20 from 5 SMSes per day. The government was also keenly watching the Facebook and Twitter trends during the intervening period. The ban on bulk SMS was faced severe retaliation from the prepaid users as it affected only this lot, who constitute 90 percent of the mobile phone users in the country.
Telecommunication service providers feared that the ban on bulk SMSes could decrease their profit percentage by 7 to 8 percent which is a huge sum considering the number of mobile phone users in India. Messengers like Nimbuzz and WhatsApp which offer instant messaging services have also noticed a steep decline in usage during the period of ban.
The government is working on banning bulk SMSes in certain areas after thoroughly monitoring the activities of the mobile phone users in particular areas. This will help the authorities to impose a ban only in that particular areas instead of coming out with a decision which affects the nation on the whole.