India Restores 200 Text Message Per Day Limit
Published on: 4th Dec 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
India's Supreme Court has reversed an order from the telecoms tribunal which has itself overturned an order from the regulator imposing a limit on the number of text messages a person can send per day.
The regulator, the TRAI imposed the limit of 200 messages per day per person in an effort to stem problems of SMS spam being sent from unregistered SIM cards.
However, this was overturned following an appeal to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) who ruled that the limit was arbitrary and violated principles of free speech.
The Supreme Court has now reversed that decision and said that the limit needs to be restored, pending an appeal process to explain how the 200 messages per day limit was decided upon and whether that decision process was based on sound evidence, or as claimed by the complaint - simply an arbitrary limit.