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MTS, Uninor allege Rcom, Airtel resorting to unethical means to woo their customers
TT Correspondent |  |  06 Feb 2012

With most of the telcos whose licences are set to be cancelled after the Supreme Court verdict still recovering from the shock, there are others who are on the prowl to wean away the customers from these affected service providers.

Two of these operators who have borne the brunt of the apex court order are Uninor and MTS who have alleged that Vodafone, Airtel, and RCom are trying to woo their subscribers by sending SMSes to them. Uninor and MTS have even registered their complaints with GSM industry body COAI.

A COAI official has confirmed to Telecomtiger that these two operators have approached the association.

"We are dismayed by the unethical tactics that some operators are indulging in. Uninor customers, retailers and even vendors are receiving SMSes spreading rumours of a discontinuation of services and advise on moving to other networks," Uninor said in a statement.

Vodafone has even put up an advertisement in the newspapers exhorting subscribes to switch over to its network.

"It has been brought to our attention by our customers in some circles that they are being sent SMSes by some of the competing mobile operators and their trade partners. Should this activity continue, we plan to take this issue up with the relevant authorities", SSTL spokesperson said.

Uninor and MTS together have around 50 million subscribers.

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