Update (as on 2nd Nov, 2011): TRAI has increased the SMS limit from 100 to 200 per day. Good news for those who hated the 100 SMS cap, but beware, telemarketing messages might also double!! The below mentioned post was written when the cap was a mere 100 / day. Hope you will enjoy reading it!!
The Indian Government's telecom body - TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has decided to regulate the number of SMS sent by one user per day to a mere 100 !! Though it has come as a relief for many who were pestered with marketing calls, some people aren't happy about it. Especially people who send 100's and 100's of messages to their loved one(s) hour-in hour-out.
To be honest with you, this 100 sms limit is really great news for most of us. Even after applying for DND (Do Not Disturb), I kept on getting sms's on various promotions (most of which didn't even concern me). And those are the messages I will miss from now on (sarcasm intended). With no regrets at all. Some of the topics / messages are as below:
|People sending sweet-nothings throughout the day aren't happy either|
1. You have won 500,000 GBP in <some promotion> Call Mr. Mark on <some number>
--> I know its a spam. I know no one will get this money and people will fall in the trap. But let's think of it the other way round. Trust me, it made me feel a lot better knowing that I have options other than my salary. A hope that I can fall back on - in times of need. 500,000 GBP is a lot of money !! It takes care of my retirement needs, safe future, family needs, their family needs, society needs, needs that don't even exist !! I will miss this feeling !!
2. Dr Batra's daily messages to treat hair fall (I don't remember the exact message)
--> I have absolutely no idea why this happens. First and foremost, I don't have any hair problems. God know where they got my number from !! God knows how they shortlist people to whom such messages should be sent. But let's think of it the other way round. There's a feeling that people who don't even know you, are concerned about you. Who knows, Batra's might be thinking long term !! Hair fall can happen to anyone and everyone. They are just telling us to remember them in times of need !! How caring !! (I know even this is spam and the fact that they send the message to all the numbers they have in their database).
3. Job offers from sites I haven't registered to and not in sync with my profile.
--> There are 'n' number of job sites who keep on messaging me frequently about job openings that are not even related to my current profile. I don't visit job sites. I once had registered to many sites when I thought I won't get through campus placements (It was the year 2009 - The Great Recession). But let's think of it the other way round. We study so that we can work and support the family. Hence, job is important to us. Also, having options in life is always better than having no options at all. So, based on the previous two statements, we can safely deduce that having job options are always better. Which is precisely why I will miss such messages. So what if the profile doesn't match? Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath were engineers and now they are managing Karnataka Cricket Board !!! And they are doing extremely well.
4. Insurance from <provider name>
--> Once you have a job, the next thing in life that one has to do is, ironically, insurance !! Unfortunately, that's how it works with most of the freshers. The moment they start getting their salary, they realize that they are in the 10% income bracket (10% will go to the government as tax). So, they have to invest. Enter insurance, ironically again !! But, once again, let's think of it the other way round. This one is similar to point no 3. So, having more insurance options will help maximize one's return and at the same time, will minimize risk (by keeping all the eggs in different baskets). Needless to say, I will miss such messages.
I apologize to all the other messages I missed in this post. But as they say, all good things come to an end... for better things in life!!