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Messages worrying.

KUDOS to the radio station 104.2 Voice FM for doing such a good job entertaining the South Asian community. But one aspect of their operation worries me.

This is regarding the SMS messages SMS message SMS n(message m) SMS m  they keep inviting from listeners for various purposes like replies, song requests, greetings greetings
interj

an expression of friendly salutation
 etc (the numbers to send SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.

(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server.
 are Batelco This article is about the company in Bahrain. For the unrelated company in the Bahamas, see BaTelCo (Bahamas).

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) was established in 1981 as a Bahraini shareholding company and has an authorized share capital of BD 100 million (US$
 91331 and Zain 77214).

My concerns are:

1) An SMS to these numbers costs 250 fils (almost 7 times the rate of a normal SMS (ie) 35 fils).

2) Considering that the majority of their listeners are from the Indian sub-continent, earning less than BD100 a month, it may be legal but is it ethical to make such huge profit margins of 600 per cent on each SMS?

If a person sends messages just four times in a month it is one dinar - which is quite a big sum for a person in this income bracket Noun 1. income bracket - a category of taxpayers based on the amount of their income
income tax bracket, tax bracket

bracket - a category falling within certain defined limits

income bracket n
.

3) If income from such messages is one of the important commercial aims, then Voice FM has a moral obligation to announce frequently, at least once during each programme, the charges for sending an SMS to these numbers.

At least let the poor listener make an informed choice.

Ethical asian

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Date:Aug 17, 2009
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