Yes, you read it right. If required, you can again, search for your friend or relative just by opening up a directory as you used to do about 8-10 years back for searching landline numbers. But the difference would be these directories would be virtual ones that will be accessible via website/phone call/SMS.
Request for introducing integrated directory services in India was made quite long ago by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) and recently DoT (Department of Telecommunications) have approved the proposal. As per sources, the directory shall be integrated with landline directories and will be made accessible via a website or a 5 digit number wherein one can either call or SMS for directory enquiry.
Who will be listed?
Not all landline and mobile customers will be listed on this National Integrated Directory. Only such numbers will be listed on the NIDS (National Integrated Directory Services):
All landline customers, except those who opted out of directory service in the past
All mobile or wireless phone users those who opt in for directory service
Charges for using this service?
Such a integrated mobile and landline directory can be of great help and we expect the service to be a paid one, though, no official information is released about it as of now.
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