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What is are Telecommunication services?
Telecom Services includes, fixed line services, mobile connection and internet connection (wired and wireless both).
Who regulates Telecom Sector?
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is committed to protect the interest of the consumers as mandated in the TRAI Act, 1997 .
What is mobile Services and what all does it include?
Mobile Services is a wireless communications network through radio wave or satellite transmissions used with an electronic telecommunications device.
SMS
Is a text messaging service component of mobile communication or phone for sending up to 160 characters.
MMS
Is a standard way to send messages that includes media content to and from mobile phones. It extends the core SMS capacity. It transmits graphics, video clips and sound files.
VAS
Is an enhanced services, which add value to the core voice and text communication like call waiting, call forwarding, multi party call conferencing, hello tunes, horoscope, jokes etc. One has to bear an additional cost to avail such services.
What is difference between prepaid and postpaid connection?
Prepaid is basically a payment method for mobile services which you pay in advance before using it where as in post-paid you pay your bill after using the services.
Is it mandatory for operators to convey to post-paid subscribers all compulsory fixed charges?
Yes, all monthly fixed charges, which are compulsory under a given tariff plan are to be shown under one head, for clarity and comparison of different tariff plans on offer.
Can a service provider levy charge for provision of hard copy of the bill?
No. TRAI has prohibited levy of charges for provision of hard copy of the bill to the post-paid subscribers.
Can a pre-paid subscriber migrate to post-paid and vice-versa?
Yes, migration from pre-paid to post-paid and vice-versa is allowed without any migration charge and without having to change the mobile number.
Can a prepaid subscriber avail any of services even after his talk time is exhausted?
Services which do not affect talk time value, including incoming voice calls and SMS shall continue to be available to the prepaid subscribers during validity period even after talk time value has exhausted.
A prepaid subscriber feels that he is being overcharged. Can he get itemized usage details in respect of his mobile connection?
Yes, if a prepaid subscriber makes a request for itemized usage details The service provider may charge a reasonable cost not exceeding Rupees Fifty for providing such details.
Can the unused amount in recharge coupons be carried forward?
Yes, any unused balance in the prepaid account shall be carried forward and credited if the subscriber recharges within the period specified for the purpose.
Will keeping the modem ?on? make any difference in the download limits?
Yes it can make some difference. When the PC and Modem is kept on, there is a trickling of packets from the Internet into the system, even though the PC is not connected to the Internet.
Can the wireless Internet connection be misused?
Yes, there is a possibility of the wireless Internet connection getting misused, particularly if the Internet access is provided through Wi-Fi. To avoid that one should use proper authentication methods by using secured password and user name.
Is incoming SMS free while roaming?
Yes
What is meant by ?lifetime? in respect of tariff scheme offering lifetime validity?
It means that tariff plans which are offered as having lifetime validity would continue to be available to the subscriber during the current license and renewed license of the service provider.
Is there a minimum validity period prescribed for tariff plans?
A tariff plan, once offered by a service provider, shall be available to a subscriber for a minimum period of Six months from the date of enrolment of the subscriber to that tariff plan.
Whether any charges have to be paid for migration from one plan to another?
No charges are payable by the subscriber for migration from one tariff plan to another tariff plan.
Is incoming calls free while roaming?
No. Incoming calls are free only when the subscriber is within his home network.
Whether any fixed charge / rental can be levied by the service provider for providing national roaming services?
No fixed charge / rental in any form is permitted for accessing national roaming services.
What is the time limit for redressal of complaints at the Call Centre of the service provider?
The Call Centre has to redress the complaints as per the provisions in the Quality of Service Regulation where no parameters are prescribed; complaints relating to faults/disruption of service have to be rectified within 3 days and all other complaints with 7 days..
What is mobile number portability ?
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is a facility which allows you to move to another service provider while retaining your existing operator's mobile number
Can I switch over from CDMA service to GSM and vice versa ?
Yes .You can flexibly switch over from CDMA to GSM and vice versa. But you have to change the handset, because the technologies are different.
I am a customer of a service provider in Delhi, Can I switch over to another service provider in Chennai ?
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is available at national level .
Is there any Fee for MNP?
The new service provider will charge a fee (Port in Fee) for MNP. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has fixed fee for this service . Is there any applying criteria for availing MNP facility . Yes, as per the following terms. If you are post -paid customer there should not be any dues with your existing service provider. For pre-paid customers the credit balance will not be carry forwarded. You can switch over to a new service provider only after 90 days stay with the existing service provider. You have to wait minimum 90 days for second number porting. This is to prevent the misuse of this facility and prevent frequent switching.
I have changed my mind after submitting the application- Can I go back ?
Yes You can withdraw the application within 24 hrs of submission. However the Port in fee will not be refunded.
How long it will take to switch over ?
After the application submission, it will take maximum four days. In J&K and North eastern states it is within 12 days.
Is there any downtime while porting the number ?
Yes- There will be a down time of approximately 2 hrs while porting the number. During this period you may not be able to use the number. Both incoming and outgoing services will be interrupted. The porting will be carried out between mid night and morning 5 O clock, so that the two hours outage may not affect the subscriber considerably.
How does one Change the Service provider thorough Mobile Number Portability ?
The following procedures to be carried out for opting a new mobile service provider under MNP, Send an SMS (Port <space>your mobile number) to 1900. Then you will get a reply SMS with a Unique Porting Code (UPC). Submit an application to the service provider where you want to shift with this UPC in a prescribed format (Remember the UPC will be valid only for few days). Your application will be processed by the new service provider and you will get an application receipt confirmation and the details of porting date. Once the porting is complete, confirmation message will be received. For more information please visit http://www.trai.gov.in/consumer-info/telecom/faq-category-listing