In a recent reports, the leading telecom operator Vodafone India has said in a press release that the company will disconnect all the services of prepaid mobile numbers that have not been in use for more than 60 days.
The decision was taken by the company after the shortage of prepaid mobile numbers.
Briefing to media, company official said, “Vodafone India will discontinue mobile services for prepaid customers on numbers that have no usage i.e., no voice calls (incoming or outgoing), SMS and data for any continuous period of 60 days.”
Moreover, the company’s now following the guidelines by the Department of Telecom (DoT) for allotment of a new number series that based on subscribers on visitor location register (VLR). The telecom operator further reveals that the stringent norms have formed an acute shortage of numbers for any telecom firm.
Now, this clearly states that after disconnecting all such numbers, the company will soon bring the same numbers into the market for new customers.
It is said in a statement issued by the company, “New customers will be intimated of the deactivation process in their starter kits, while existing customers will be informed via SMS and outbound calls wherever possible.”
As per the figures issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), mobile subscriber base increased to 881.4 million by October-end from 873.61 million in the previous month.
On the other hand, the number of active mobile customers, as per the visitor location register (VLR) data, during the month of October-end was 626.18 million.
Earlier, the central government has tested the alternative of migrating to 11-digit mobile number from the present 10-digit in order to accommodate more users.