In order to fight against spam, incoming SMS will be charged

The GSM Association, which represents the interests of mobile operators around the world, has come up with a suggestion to start tariffing subscribers for incoming SMS. This measure should reduce unwanted mailing traffic, allowing operators to maintain the high quality of voice and Internet services.

“Subscribers receive a large number of messages in a short period of time, during which they practically cannot use the phone. We recommend that all counterparties of operators switch to notifications via instant messengers, social networks and email. If the client does not have a modern smartphone or Internet access, he can receive notifications by voice or regular paper mail,” the association commented on the initiative.

It is expected that the rate for each incoming SMS message will be no more than 1 cent, and to reduce the amount of spam, it is proposed to charge with a multiplication of 2 for each subsequent message during the day, but not more than 1 dollar per hour. The collected funds will be directed to the anti-spam fund, and the excesses will be used to upgrade the equipment of telecom operators.