13-07-2017 07:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
The government has passed a compulsion from January 1, 2018.
The government has made it mandatory to have Global Positioning Systems (GPS) installed in all mobile phones from January 1, 2018. This would shoot the prices of the mobile phones, including feature phones considerably by about 50 percent.
Due to the issue of considerable hike in price and manufacturing cost, the mobile makers had pleaded the government to allow them to use other technology other than GPS on the low-cost mobiles, however, the government rejected it. The prime motive behind the introduction of this compulsion was the safety of the commutators, especially women. The GPS installed on their phones will help to track their exact location.
GPS is a tool that helps track the location of the subscribers. The Indian Cellular Association has been asked to implement GPS in all mobile phones from start of 2018 and the mobile phone manufacturers must also follow the second part of the gazette notification dated 22-04-2016 for the same.
Adding GPS will not only increase the mobile phone price by 50 percent but also increase the production cost to $ 9-11 units per unit. The option from ICA of using an alternate technology for GPS was to locate the positions using mobile towers near their location. But this option was rejected owing to its low accuracy.
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