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Temporary SMS restrictions in India

IndiaThe Indian government has issued a temporary restriction on the number of SMS messages that can be sent in a day (no more than 5 per subscriber). The latest information is that this restriction will last for two weeks, and affects all of India. If you live there, you are probably well aware of this by now.

This drastic measure was put in place by the Indian government to curb the spread of rumors and inflammatory material concerning recent violence in Assam, India. Many websites have also been blocked for the same reason. It is a complicated situation, but basically the Indian government is doing this in an attempt to limit civil unrest.

We’re Swedes, so it’s difficult for us to comment on this from the outside. What we are concerned about, however, is the technical side effect of this move.

The problem is that a lot of legitimate uses of SMS are crippled while this daily SMS limit is in place. For example, many SMS gateways are severely limited because of this, which means that web services like Pingdom can have problems delivering SMS alerts reliably to India.

We are working with our SMS providers to keep SMS alerts to India functioning properly, but we cannot guarantee SMS delivery while this restriction is in place.

If you are a Pingdom user living in India, we recommend that you make sure you have activated alternative notification methods for alerts, for example email, so you don’t risk missing any site downtime we detect for you.

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Vincent H. Clarke
Vincent H. Clarke

In the long run, would this really have an effect on how the public will behave overall? I'd venture to say limiting communication resources is just another way to tick people off even more.

prabhatsaraswat
prabhatsaraswat

he he, yes, the flag is wrong, but who knows what's the reality on the ground. anyways, GREAT that pingdom keeps their eyes and ears open to adapt to changing scenarios. 

vijaysw
vijaysw

@tsuvik but we @Exotel are able to help all our clients who are using us in partial pingdom way. Transactional in nature the SMS are fine

OperaManiac
OperaManiac

Not a very good idea to post this version of the map of india in an update targeted at indian web users :) 

arunv707
arunv707

@pingdom yes, and it SUCKS!

Pingdom
Pingdom

 @prabhatsaraswat Sorry, what flag?

tsuvik
tsuvik

@vijaysw @Exotel oh! didn't know that. Thanks for the heads up.

code1224
code1224

 @OperaManiac  Alternatively, you can try http://weekwill.com which sends you sms alerts when you receive email in your inbox. This might help you if you receive emails about your server downtime or uptime and it will be eventually sent to your as SMS. Also, the new regulation by Indian Govt regarding sms restrictions will not affect with this service. So try it.   P.S: I work for this company.

code1224
code1224

 @OperaManiac  Alternatively, you can try http://weekwill.com which sends you sms alerts when you receive email in your inbox. This might help you if you receive emails about your server downtime or uptime which can be converted as <a href="http://weekwill.com">email to sms</a>.

code1224
code1224

 @OperaManiac Alternatively, you can try http://weekwill.com which send you sms alerts when you receive email in your inbox. This might help you if you receive emails about your server downtime or uptime.

pingdom
pingdom

@arunv707 Hopefully it will only last two weeks and no more after that.

prabhatsaraswat
prabhatsaraswat

 @Pingdom oh! i meant the map, not flag.  typo! :) map of india

arunv707
arunv707

@pingdom yes, but I'm much concerned about my Ex, who used to send 5 SMSs in 5 seconds! Don't know she's still alive or not!