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Kerala Declares an Internet Strike Against High Mobile Data Charges

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If you own a smartphone, you know the state of the Indian mobile internet. The speed is pathetic, the access is limited, and the prices are high. The options are limited too as the major companies are monopolistic with the prices being increased unanimously across the board. In the age of heavy inflation, the data charges are a severe blow to the pocket. So the young folks in Kerala are going for an innovative way to protest against these arbitrary rises in data charges by organizing an internet hartal.

Today on the 31st of October, the data subscribers will be disconnecting from their data connections. It is called the All Kerala Internet Hartal. The organizers have said that the reason behind the hartal is to protest against the day to day increase in the prices of data packs. The protest is specifically targeted at AVoId ( Airtel, Vodafone and Idea) who have now become mind-bogglingly huge with a massive number of users dependent on them.

The folks are fed up with their inability to share their grievances with the companies, to which the companies tend to lend a deaf ear. Hartals are a proven way of civil disobedience, and this will definitely make the point across to the other side.

The reason behind the massive leap in prices is the advance of messaging apps like Whatsapp, Hike, Snapchat and others who have caused a severe dent in the SMS revenue. The telecom companies have to pay a heavy sum for renting the spectrums to provide the services, and they want to squeeze every last penny of profit for the sum they invested. But they can also do this by providing cheaper internet and count on the massive users they will bring for the company, specially at the speed Indians are buying smartphones.

People participating in the protest have also used the analogies from history. One of them has given the reference of bread strike in England. “…once in England when bread companies increased their prices, the whole country did not buy bread for few days, and the company had to decrease their price,” says a message.

The sorry state of the internet in India calls for protests like this. We at iGyaan understand the need for a real internet revolution in this country. In the coming days, we’ll be announcing a massive initiative demanding a model internet which compliments a nation that sends spacecrafts to Mars. Keep checking the space for more details in the future.

As for the hartal today, if you agree with the stand of the folks in Kerala, you can support them by switching off your data packs for the day. You can also organize a hartal in your own state. It is also a great way to get rid of all that noise in the digital world and have a glance at the beautiful 3D physical world, at least for a day.

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Happy Nagashetti
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iGyaan Network's newbie Happy is a Technological Hedonist, Traveller, Photographer, Curious Humanoid and a giant foodie who is always pumped up for new adventures.
19 comments
VikramMVK
VikramMVK

No way..Only we Must wait for xiaomi to set up a Mobile network For cheap data packs and call rates.. LOl...

Smit Thakkar
Smit Thakkar

Strikes done but no decrease in internet rates

kester sujay
kester sujay

By switching off the data for 1day, they can only show their strength but not cause a loss for the telecos. Prepaid or postpaid we buy net pack for the month and the same charges will be applicable even if we don't use net for a day. It's not like call or sms charges which is pay per call or sms. Probably if prepaid users don't buy net pack for a month the telecos may face a loss. But that is very unlikely to happen

ajay0188
ajay0188

Well, its good to Strike against high mobile internet data but people are so addicted to it that they pay. We have 4G, 5G and someday we will see 10G mobile network, but in India we still struggle to pay for 2G. People are aware they are paying exorbitant amount but are helpless.

Zuhair Sait
Zuhair Sait

BSNL Charges for DATA INR 14- 90 MB for 2 days INR 25- 150 MB for 4 days INR 40- 200 MB for 7 days INR 78- 450 MB for 14 days INR 98- 650 MB for 19 days INR 139- 1 GB for 20 days INR 155- 1 GB for 28 days INR 176- 1 GB for 30 days INR 252- 2 GB for 30 days INR 561- 5 GB for 60 days INR 821- 7 GB for 90 days INR 1011- 10 GB for 90 days INR 1949- 20 GB for 90 days

Avilash Paul
Avilash Paul

Aircel is the best. I get 15Gb 3G data for Rs. 1397 for one month. That is great!

Sameer .
Sameer .

what is the charge of 1 gb 3g data in kerala? just to get an idea

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

249 INR for a GB, which i get for just 95 INR in Tamil Nadu.

Sameer .
Sameer .

oh my god !! it is 255 / 1gb 3g in telangana !! people of telangana must also protest this !!!!!!

Gajesh Kumar
Gajesh Kumar

Rs95?? which world?? Please do some research before u comment dude!! :( u Get a regular 1GB 3G data for 30days for Rs 251 (VODAFONE) and we get the same 1GB 3G date for 28days for Rs 195 (VODAFONE), all plans in chennai are for 28 days and not 30.

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Have you heard of a connection called !dea ? Idea shares HSDPA signals from Vodafone and still provides 1GB 3G Service for a Month at Just Rs 95 . I guess you are the one who needs to research dude.

Gajesh Kumar
Gajesh Kumar

@Rs 95 ?? ha ha ha !! :P you are really funny, Hello Mr. Research, Check the image below for tariff of idea network!!! In Tamilnadu. you get it for Rs95 - 1GB 3G Mobile Data , I will pay you 10times that money. I am from chennai bro, dont teach our prices to us!!

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Where do you think i am from brother ? I own an idea connection and i use the same man. What else so i need as a proof ?

Sandeep Roy
Sandeep Roy

And not to forget - service providers' DATA usage count is 15-20% higher than logged by your Smartphone ! (ps-10 sessions of turning data on/off should be only 10kb pulse x10=100kb/day difference max.compared to your phone counter)

M_LokSatta
M_LokSatta

This is a 'hartal' I can support... my Vodafone 3G (if you can even call it that) is terrible!

Sudharsan R
Sudharsan R

Airtel, Idea, Vodafone are money suckers for their data, People fall victims to these networks one after the other like dogs going one after the other.

robo king
robo king

only on 31 it will be a loss for avold , but after that they are gonna collect it in other manner anyway ! , nowadays internet packages are like " u get , what we give " . btw., a poor customer of airtel ! .