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UIDAI Responds to Toll-Free Number Controversy

Post with the latest news, UIDAI's now-decommissioned toll-free number suddenly appearing in users' phonebooks even on devices with no Internet connection and even some with no SIM card inserted.

UIDAI's statements regarding
the toll-free number controversy has said " In the wake of some media reports on default inclusion of UIDAI's outdated & invalid Toll free no. 1800-300-1947 in contact list of Android phones. [..] It is clarified that, UIDAI has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever. [..] It is emphasised that the said 18003001947 is not a valid UIDAI Toll free number and some vested interest are trying to create unwarranted confusion in the public. [..] Our valid Toll free number is 1947 which is functional) for more than the last two years. [..]UIDAI has reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 18003001947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers."

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) responded in an emailed statement to deny any role in the matter by its associated telcos, "The inclusion of a certain unknown number in the phonebooks of various mobile handsets is not from any telecom service provider."

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