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Old 30th December 2008, 20:15   #1
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Exclamation Pay A Price for New Year SMS Irrespective of Your Plan

Just got a service message from Vodafone Maharashtra stating that all SMSes on 31st December & 1st January shall be charged at Re 1 for Local, Rs. 1.5 for National & Rs. 5 for International ones. It is applicable for everyone irrespective of their call plans.

So just be careful before you go all out on your phonebook. And, is there any other mobile service operator which has announced such rates; please add them to this thread.
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Old 30th December 2008, 20:21   #2
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Its everytime
Every operator does this.
It's on holidays like
New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Friendship's day, Independence day and more.
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Old 30th December 2008, 20:30   #3
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i like it :-) i get spammed during these days and i am hoping people will think twice before wasting a rupee on me.
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Old 30th December 2008, 20:38   #4
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I use Airtel, haven't received any intimation from them so far. But they are clever people, would simply add up in the bill without any prior information.
Anyway not a worry for me, as I send very few messages on such occasions.

Mobile companies have other tricks to increase usage, they frequently circulate messages like - Forward this msg. to 5/10 people & recieve a special gift/miracle, etc. there are hundreds of such msgs. doing rounds on various networks.
Beware!
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Old 30th December 2008, 20:43   #5
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Mobile companies have such a monopoly, if they just want to raise 2-3 crores for their ever growing galleries, all they need to do is charge extra for a call/sms per consumer and there you go
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is this thing applicable on both prepaid and postpaid ?
may be these company do this to earn more and ease out on congestion on network.
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is this thing applicable on both prepaid and postpaid ?
may be these company do this to earn more and ease out on congestion on network.
Its a means to mint money.. Like what happened with Surabhi & competition postcards.

Most of the postpaid plans have a 10k sms/month plan and all that. So to tax such users, they come up with such plans. And as Abhinav had mentioned, its implemented for most of major festivals such as Diwali/Holi.

Anyways network jams generally delay in delivery of SMS. So better send it on the 2nd
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is this thing applicable on both prepaid and postpaid ?
It's only for prepaid users.

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I am an idea postpaid customer in Kerala, (3 connections!!!), and all my mobiles get this message about "no free SMSes during holidays" for past one year or so now.
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I got this one on a corporate postpaid connection. So it is for both. Also, so far only Vodafone or !dea folks have reported this. Anyone else, any other network?

For those on Airtel, I am not yet aware of any such charges (personal connection). It should have been communicated by now if it was so.

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I dont know for to whom it applies, be it Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance, be it prepaid, postpaid, etc., but I appreciate this move. I am fast asleep and I have 10 messages about " happy new year " and my sleep is disturbed. Then I have to clear my inbox.

I would rather love to have email rather the have this sort of irritating messages. Well wished from heart are welcome, but can be done by other means also like personal meet, etc. Its not always possible, but then sms always is not a good option.

People are going to override this by logging into way2sms or indyarocks websites.
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I use Airtel (corporate connection) and I have received a message from Airtel that discounted charges of Rs.1 for STD for 31st and 1st is not valid. It will be more. But AFAIK, I have not received any communciation pertaining to sms for these particular dates.

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Old 30th December 2008, 23:25   #13
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I recieved messages regarding this from both Vodafone and Airtel on 24th December for both 25th and new year ( 31st and 1st)
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I havnt got any message till now but was surprising thinking about the same today. 31st and 1st are no holidays and no festivals as such so it doesnt sound rational for telco's to overcharge. Expect TRAI to nail them on this too in future!
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i havent received any message from my carrier(Airtel and vodafone both)

but if it's so then i am opting for the message sending sites

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