Missed call

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A missed call is a telephone call that is deliberately terminated by the caller before being answered by its intended recipient, appearing as a "missed call" on the receiver's cellphone. It is commonly used in South Asia, the Philippines and Africa as a way of communicating pre-agreed messages for free. For example, a group of friends may agree that two missed calls in succession means "I am running late".

In Bangladesh, missed calls make up 70% of cellular network traffic at any given time.[1] The Cellular Operators Association of India, COAI, has instituted a study to understand the revenue implications of missed calls in India.[2] Industry estimates of loss of revenue due to this social phenomenon are 20–25%[3] to as much as 30%.[4] At least one company in Bangalore is using this "tool" to generate business.[5]

To "miss call", in the Philippine-adapted form miskol, was declared the Word of the Year in 2007 at a language convention held in the University of the Philippines Diliman.[6]

Equivalents in other places are to drop call in the US,[7] to beep in Africa,[8] and to prank in England and Australia.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f jeremy (2010-11-10). "The Missed Call: The Decade's Zeitgeist?". Loosewireblog.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Missed call ends in missing revenue". Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Etiquettes go missing in missed calls!". Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Missed call virus bugs telecom firms!". Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Give a `missed call' to get information on city". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2006-08-09. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Villafania (2007-08-13). ""Miskol" is Filipino word of the year at conference". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  7. ^ "drop call". Urban Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ wiktionary:prank
  10. ^ Gabe Wachob, USA (2013-01-25). "Bangladesh: Missed Call – A Tool For Protest? · Global Voices". Globalvoicesonline.org. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  11. ^ "বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিন". Bd-pratidin.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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