“This New Year,send unlimited SMS on 31-Dec & 1-Jan-12.Standard SMS rates of Local-Re1,National-Rs1.50/SMS apply on these dates. No Free/Discounted SMS applicable”
All mobile users must have received a similar kind of sms from their telecom operator.
On December 28th the Madras High Court bench barred 10 mobile companies and issued notices for them for excess charging for SMSes during the festival seasons and important days. The bench issued notice 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.
Arunachalam, the Petitioner 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.
The case is posted for further hearing on on 21 January 2012 which eventually means if you sms on this new years eve be ready top shed more money, rather why not call and wish, we guess that might be cheaper than the SMS.