Asia Bizz: Telecom company Vodafone India, on December 19, 2011, said that they will be disconnecting all inactive prepaid subscribers. The company, which is one of the largest private mobile companies in the world, said that they will stop prepaid connections of the subscribes, who do not use their cell phones for 60 days at a stretch.

Vodafone took the decision considering the fact that there is a scarcity of phone numbers, especially after the telecoms department has tightened the number allocation criteria. The company said that they are forced to disconnect the users, who have not made voice calls or any text messages for 60 days at a stretch as the new guidelines for the number allocation is based on active subscribers.

The subscribers who are regular may not be affected, but it can leave an effect on those who have bought a lifetime card and need to just recharge once in six months. The subscribers will no more be able to take the advantage of it.

The subscribers will have to now recharge once in every two months or their number will be disconnected. People who use multiple SIMs and do not regularly use the third SIM might face some difficulty. More than 10 million subscribers are expected to be affected as they have been internally termed as irregular subscribers.