Friday, March 17, 2006

‘Ring-Ring-click’ sounds the missed call

We do not give a second thought while giving a missed call to announce our presence or to inform something decided upon in person or over a previous phone call. “Just give me a missed call when you reach the theatre, I’ll be there”, rings a bell (pardon the pun), doesn’t it?

Missed call communication is one of its kinds, an invention of the empty-pocket students or some brilliant dough-saving minds. Missed calls have the ability to convey varied messages to varied people with the same ring tone. Missed calls or, as some may call it the ring-ring-click communication, has been around for some time now and we Indians have mastered the art. As TOI / Sify put it, estimate is that around 20-25% of the share of calls on mobile phones are, missed calls. Missed calls do save the customers money, but the phone companies (fixed) do bear the brunt of paying the mobile service provider the interconnection cost and call termination cost etc. When the miss call happens within mobile networks both sides end up paying each other. The user is oblivious to all this.

The news sites call missed call communication as the lack of manners. I differ from them slightly. The missed calls cannot be considered as a lack of etiquette for the reason that, it happens mostly between pals. It is more of a personal, ‘I-know, you’ll- know, what-this-missed-call-means’ thing, rather than a meaningless and manner-less interruption. Though the falling call rates have reduced the number of missed calls, they are here to stay till the students are stuck with zero pocket money and the first of next month hasn’t arrived and every rupee saved is valued.

Rrrrring-Rrrring-Click!! Ah, a missed call, got to catch up with a friend. See you soon.

5 comments:

:: The Protector :: said...

hey man i read that stuff some time back, but we cant support na! Missed Call- me always ask people to give it once they reached the destination safer


Cheers!
:)

Keshi said...

so they really cost us? wow I didnt know that...


Keshi.

Bee said...

Hey whats with the new retro look of ur blog...

anyways, its nice.. keep experimenting..

Dinesh said...

@Vishnu and Bee: :) Thanks.

@Keshi: Nope, we don't get charged but the telephone companies do.

Keshi said...

oh ok :)

Keshi.