At first it was Reliance group of companies that made possible the scenario which we see today. Just like Bill Gates wanted to see “a computer in every home…” , Reliance’s proclaimed dream of “ a mobile in everyone’s hand.. ” did succeed. The horrible days of getting charged Rs.2(approx) even for incoming calls were over. I remember as a high school kid i used to observe the craze for mobile phones infecting everyone. Nokia,Sony and service providers like Airtel made good use of this opportunity and now top the “most users” list. Reliance didn’t persist in its goal,perhaps, because now Reliance GSM or CDMA doesn’t stand in the front line of lock horn competition in the mobile market though they are the trendsetters.
And yet another important revolution was seeded by TATA DOCOMO that introduced the pulse rating concept. The best deal ever of charging a call at 1paise/sec. Other service providers who were indulged in day light robbery had no other option than to follow suit .
TRAI is expected to come down heavily on service providers who charge too much for sms(even 50 paisa per sms is too much! more on that here). Reliance communications made a quick and clever move made by announcing two great tariff plans. Either you can send an sms for 1paisa or unlimited sms for a daily rental of Re.1/day. And that sets the stage for yet another revolution in the ever growing mobile market in India.
And in all these cases the ultimate beneficiary is the consumer and thats what we want!
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