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Crackdown

Spam is awful in any form, but we think you'll agree there's nothing quite so obnoxious or pernicious as SMS spam. Because most of the messages we recieve on our phones are from friends, there's a genuine sense of disappointment when your phone buzzes only for it to be a special offer on a new mobile phone upgrade or an invitation to claim thousands in compensation for an accident that never happened.

But at least spam SMS messages in Britain are few and far between. The same can't be said in India, where spam is a bona fide epidemic. It's not unusual for some poor Indians to get ten or twenty spam messages a day, which must be so depressing you'd just end up turning your phone off.

It's got so bad that the Indian government is taking draconian action: it's limiting every Indian mobile phone number to sending 100 text messages a day. The idea is that that won't affect many normal users, but it will make it hard for spammers to use automated software to send out thousands of marketing messages.

A bit drastic? Maybe. But it seems the Indian government has reached this point after previous efforts failed. For example, it banned commercial messages between 9pm and 9am, but Indians say they still get woken by spam in the middle of the night.

What do you think - does this seem like a necessary step, or punishing the wrong people? Can anyone send more than 100 messages in a day for legitimate reasons? Can you?

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