New Delhi, Apr 16: The Centre on Friday, Apr 16, banned short message service (SMS) for postpaid subscribers in Jammu Kashmir due to security concerns.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked all the 12 operators, including state-owned BSNL and other private players like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, to withdraw text message service to their postpaid users.
DoT further said, "In case of prepaid subscribers, the facility has been restricted to 10 SMSes per day per subscriber."
"SMS messages originated outside JK service area in India and from the networks of International Long Distance (ILD) operators should not be delivered to mobile subscribers in JK service area," the statement said.
The operators have also been asked to immediately stop all tariff packages offering free SMS service.