The Indian Government has made it clear that lifetime mobile plans offered by Telecom Operators will remain valid until the operator is licensed to offer those services. This was confirmed by Mr. Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and IT in a written statement to Lok Sabha.
He added, “The service providers have been prescribing certain conditions of minimum recharge/usage as part of the lifetime validity plans. The subscribers in such plans are entitled to enjoy incoming facility subject to fulfillment of the conditions specified in the tariff plans.”
He was responding to concerns being raised on the fact that telecom operators have been issuing such lifetime plans with validity period beyond their license period.
However, the minister clarified that operators cannot change tariffs during the validity of the lifetime plans, which sounds disadvantageous to consumers. He assured the people’s house that those subscribers who have paid upfront for such lifetime plans with incoming calls free will continue to enjoy the benefits till the validity of the plan.
Off late, Government and TRAI have been issuing strict guidelines to operators preventing misuse of SIM numbers as well as IMEI cloning.
TRAI directed the operators not to give any subscription to foreigners with a validly period crossing their visa expiry date. Foreign tourists will from now on have to submit the copy of their valid visa and passport as a proof of submission.
Similarly, Government had announced some major changes in its telecom policy with ‘Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’ suggesting plans for a complete ban on the import of mobile phones using fake IMEI numbers. Government is try to act tough on this as there has been increasing cases of IMEI cloning on GSM based handsets, which is considered to be an increasing threat to the national security.