The government is expected to make GPS obligatory in feature handsets by diminishing an exception it earlier granted, claimed the official sources to the media in an interview. The decision will allow the government to launch out facility of panic button on mobile handsets, planned at assisting females in anguish.
The government instructed all mobile makers in 2016 to mandatorily offer GPS (Global Positioning System) and panic button facility on mobile phones to assist females in anguish, but non-smart and feature phones were given exception in November 2017 after makers claimed it might lift the price.
“The telecom ministry has guaranteed us that it will turn around its November instruction and reinstate the order of 2016,” a senior executive of the Ministry of WCD (Women and Child Development) claimed to the media in an interview. The secretary of Ministry for WCD met Manoj Sinha, the Telecom Minister, and mobile makers late previous month and there was a heated discussions due to the resistance to the suggestion from phone manufacturers, claimed the sources.
“While GPS might lift the cost of a handset by Rs 200, we feel users will be eager to pay more. It is in the interest of security of users. We have airbags and seat belts in cars that lift prices but users pay for them since they are a necessary security feature,” claimed the executive to the media. The problem has postponed the trial the feature of panic button on handsets, which was to begin in Uttar Pradesh from January 26, 2018.
Various government executives have claimed that GPS on handsets is a necessity for the feature of panic button to be an achievement. GPS is dubbed to be a much enhanced method of tracing a phone consumer over alternative means such as triangulation of towers for mobile phone.