Turkish GSM subscribers still pays more when they use Turkish

Mobisad makes a press announcement today :

The “Ordinance on Use of Turkish Characters in Short Message Services” has come into force on 16 May 2009 and will come into effect July 1, 2009.

The regulation, which was postponed twice because of the immature conditions and the market players’ request, will be in force from July 1, 2009 barring GSM terminal import if the terminals do not support use of special Turkish charters.

The regulation overcomes the usage and price difficulties for the benefit of consumers.

Turkish specific characters are not supported by the default GSM Alphabet. As a result, when those special Turkish characters are used in short messages consumers are mistreated i.e. pay more for the same length of text, because the standard 160 character drops down 70 characters message length. During the standard’s development and the vendors’ implementation phase operators avoid the excess fee caused by the usage of specific Turkish characters.

Majority of vendors and importers are prepared and shown progress during postponement.

Please take notice: from the enforcement date of the regulation, importation of the devices that the special Turkish characters are not supported, will not be permitted. Until July 1, 2009 GSM device import and sales will not be affected by this regulation.

Once more, we thank all the participants who actively involved in the realization of this Regulation.

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