Airtel, Vodafone Cannot Disconnect SIM If Minimum Recharge Not Done: TRAI
TRAI has scolded Airtel and Vodafone-Idea for creating panic and chaos.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI has finally stepped in, and scolded Airtel, Vodafone over their plans to terminate mobile numbers based on minimum recharges.
This was much needed, and TRAI has once again demonstrated that the users cannot be taken for a ride.
What exactly has TRAI stated? And what is the fuss all about?
TRAI To Airtel, Vodafone: You Cannot Disconnect Mobile Numbers
TRAI has scolded Airtel and Vodafone over their ambitious plan to increase ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), by forcing users with 28-day recharges.
In their letter to Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, TRAI has stated that untill the user has the talktime which is equivalent to the minimum recharge (Rs 35 as of now, on Airtel, Vodafone), they cannot disconnect SIMs, and block incoming calls.
Airtel and Vodafone has made it clear that they will not shy away from stopping incoming calls, and blocking SIM if every user doesn’t recharge every month.
Due to this aggresive stand to pressurize users, we had called them ‘Thugs of Telecom’.
In their letter to Airtel and Vodafone, TRAI said: “Till such time operators should not discontinue services of such customers who have balance in prepaid accounts equal to minimum recharge amount,”
TRAI: Users Should Be Informed and Educated
Since last few weeks, Vodafone and Airtel have created an unncessary panic and confusion among telecom users, by shooting repeated messages about monthly recharges.
After it became clear that even incoming messages would be blocked, and entire mobile number will be out of service, TRAI has strictly ordered AIrtel and Vodafone to first educate the customer about this new strategy and scheme.
TRAI has ordered that within 3 days (starting yesterday), every prepaid user should be educated on: The last day of the current plan; how to avoid disconnection; details about the minimum recharge plans.
Will TRAI Interfere In Tariff?
However, at the same time, TRAI has made it clear that they wont interfere in the actual tariff structures, as telecom operators are responsible for the same.
However, disconnecting SIMs if minimum recharge not done is not correct, if the user has that amount.
RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI said, “Tariff and plans are under forbearance and we don’t generally intervene. But if there is sufficient money in the account and despite that people are being told that the services will be disconnected, it is not correct.”
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