TRAI To Fine Telemarketers Rs. 2.5 Lakhs for Unwanted SMS and Calls

Looks like the unwanted calls from telemarketers is finally going to end soon. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published the new guidelines for telemarketing companies who call you for anything from a house loan to sell a credit card.

According to the new guidelines published by TRAI, telemarketers will be provided with a new set of numbers which start with "70". This will make it easier for users to identify telemarketing calls before they even pick the phone up.

Also telemarketers will have compulsorily register for the new numbers or else they will be fined anywhere between Rs 25000 and Rs 2.5 lakhs. Also you will not have to worry more about late night calls, since the new TRAI regulations state that there should be no telemarketing calls between 9PM and 9AM.

Overall the new TRAI guidelines will definitely provide relief to consumers who are subjected to unwanted calls. The new guidelines will go into effect start January 2011.

If you do not want to receive any calls at all you can register yourself for the Do Not Call service with your mobile operator.

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