Nicole and Paul are officially Australia's number one mobile phone hoarders with 21 old, unused mobiles cluttering their Randwick, NSW, home, which was described as a "gadget graveyard". They are described as techie clutterers and renowned home organization guru, Peter Walsh, and MobileMuster, awarded the couple the first prize in a competition to find the nation's biggest mobile phone hoarder. Mr Walsh and MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunication industry's official recycling scheme, teamed up to raise awareness about recycling and to help Australians to declutter their old mobile phones and accessories. MobileMuster received competition entries from all around the country with Australians telling their stories about why they needed Peter Walsh's help to declutter their home in a bid to win a personal decluttering session with Peter Walsh and package from Storage King However, there could only be one winner.
The Australian mobile telecommunications industry strongly supports the Federal Government's commitment to regulatory reform of the allocation and management of spectrum. The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and Communications Alliance (CA), in a joint submission to the Department of Communications and the Arts, state that the Government s approach would result in a more timely and efficient allocation process, reduced costs and greater flexibility to enable innovation and the adoption of new technologies. The aim of the proposed spectrum reform process is to promote the overall public interest derived from the radiofrequency spectrum resource by facilitating the economically efficient allocation and sustainable use of spectrum.
The importance of making smart privacy choices is the theme of this week's Privacy Awareness Week (PAW). The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is heading PAW to highlight to consumers and businesses that privacy is valuable and we must all take steps to protect it when sharing personal information in the digital age. The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) supports PAW and provides consumer information to assist mobile phone users to protect their privacy see www.mobiletips.org
The mobile telecommunications industry is working with government agencies to minimise risks of network interference from the proposed two-year mobile phone jammer trial at the Goulburn Correctional Complex in New South Wales. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a consultation paper asking for public comment on a proposal to conduct a jammer trial at the jail in Goulburn. The ACMA says the proposed trial at Goulburn, which follows a similar trial at the Lithgow Correctional Centre, would provide further information about the benefits and risks of the use of jammers in correctional facilities . Mobile jammers are illegal in Australia and trials must take into account the potential for mobile phone jamming to interfere with the ability to make emergency calls in neighbourhoods and areas near jails.
It's a case of buyer beware! Be careful when buying a second-hand mobile because it could be reported lost and stolen by its original owner and blocked on all networks in Australia. Buying second-hand mobiles online or at auctions is risky because it may be blocked and a carrier will only unblock it for the original legal owner. That means you are stuck with a mobile that is inoperable because it cannot make or receive calls or send or receive text messages in Australia and you will be out of pocket. You must check the status of the second-hand mobile before buying to see if it has been blocked. Go to www.lost.amta.org.au This check can only provide details of phones that have been reported lost or stolen at the time of the inquiry. There can be a 36-hour lag between when a mobile is reported lost or stolen to the carrier and showing blocked on the website.
Someone has stolen your phone or you have lost it what do you need to do next? You should contact your mobile phone service provider Telstra, Optus or Vodafone. The Australian mobile telecommunications industry provides a free service to consumers to block their lost or stolen handsets to prevent others running up bills by making or receiving calls or sending or receiving text messages on their mobile phone. If your phone is lost or stolen contact your service provider, which is the company you have a contract with or who bills you. If you have a prepaid it is the company which sells you recharges. It is only that company that can block or unblock your mobile no one else can do it. Numbers of carrier customer service: Telstra 125 111 Optus 13 39 37 Vodafone 1555 or your mobile or 1300 650 410 Virgin Mobile 1300 555 100 See more about Lost and Stolen: www.lost.amta.org.
The mobile telecommunications industry's Lost and Stolen program has sent a strong message to thieves over the past 12 years with a 30 per cent fall in the number of blocks of handsets reported lost or stolen. The program has proved to be a strong deterrence to theft of mobiles. In its first full year of the program s operation in 2003-04 there were 170,000 net blocks. For the corresponding period last year there were 119,898 blocks a 29.5 per cent fall. This is against the background of the number of mobile services in operation rising sharply from 16 million in 2003-04 to more than 31 million over 12 years. The mobile device security program, which works by blocking the devices unique 15-digit serial number, is provided free to consumers. Handsets are blocked across all networks in Australia and a mobile phone cannot be used to make or receive calls or send or receive text messages on any networks.
A new study reported in The Conversation says that there is no increase in brain cancer across 29 years of mobile phone use in Australia. Professor Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney, dismissed recent claims by US scientist Devra Davis that Australians faced an increase in brain cancer because of the widespread use of mobile telecommunications in the community. Prof Chapman said: We have had mobiles in Australia since 1987. Some 90 per cent of the population use them today and many of these have been used for a lot longer than 20 years. But we are seeing no rise in the incidence of brain cancer against the background rate.
2 May 2016 Complaints about mobile services fell by 26 per cent in the year to January-March 2016, according to figures released today by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). And the TIO says that the ratio of complaints about mobile services has decreased by 48 per cent over the past four years, while services in operation have increased by 8.5 per cent in that period. The TIO s official complaints about mobile services in January-March 2016 were 11,064 compared to 15,096 in the same period in 2015 this is a fall of 4032 complaints or 26.7 per cent. Mobile complaints in January-March 2016 rose by 17.3 per cent compared to October-December 2015, however, the TIO said that January-March is traditionally its busiest quarter.
Telstra's Environment Strategy & eCycle Service is a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia's (UNAA) annual World Environment Day Business Awards. The awards mark World Environment Day on 6 June and celebrate the innovation and creativity of Australian organisations, such as Telstra, to encourage others to take positive environmental action. Telstra developed the eCycle Service to provide a responsible, safe environmental way for SMEs to dispose of unwanted or redundant technology. Driven by Telstra Business Centres, the eCycle Service provides a convenient free pick-up and recycling program so that old electronic devices don t end up in landfill or clutter the workplace. Telstra partnered with Infoactiv, which is an e-waste recycling and stewardship business for logistics and program design.
Australians are losing more than $230 million in scams. This Fraud Week we are urged to, Wise Up to Scams . The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has calculated that total scam losses exceed $229 million last year. The ACCC s report reveals that investment scams and dating and romance scams resulted in the largest financial losses, says ACCC Deputy Chair, Delia Rickard. https://www.scamwatch.gov.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone provides consumers with a free service to check if a handset has been reported lost or stolen and blocked across all networks. AMTA s Lost and Stolen program is free to consumers but not businesses. It protects consumers from facing big bills run-up by thieves and sends a strong signal to thieves that stolen handsets will be blocked across all networks, making them inoperable in Australia. This is done by blocking a handset s unique 15-digit serial number, the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). IMEI blocking is reversible and your mobile can be unblocked if you find it or it is returned. For tips on lost and stolen mobiles and security advice: www.lost.amta.org.
Use your mobile phone handset's security features to protect your private and confidential data from thieves or if you lose your phone. AMTA, on behalf of the mobile telecommunications industry, runs a handset blocking program to protect customers from theft and lost. When reported lost or stolen, a handset is blocked across all Australian networks making in inoperable. However, customers should activate their phone s Personal Identification Number (PIN) to prevent thieves from gaining access to confidential information contained on the handset. Also, activate the PIN code for the SIM card. See more about the Lost and Stolen program: www.lost.amta.org.
Today's data services and text communications offer improved accessibility to mobile communications for those people who have a disability. AMTA and Communications Alliance (CA) have responded to the Department of Communications and the Arts consultation paper Communications Accessibility: 2016 and beyond. The submission outlines potential options for the National Relay Service (NRS) and improving accessibility of communications for people living with disability. The Associations recommended that, where practical, Government should support and promote a shift away from reliance on Teletypewriters (TTY) specifically, and the NRS more generally, to increasing use of mainstream direct communications because this would be more effective, efficient and beneficial for end-users that are able to use mainstream technologies. The Associations note that the manufacturers of TTY equipment have notified industry members that they will soon cease manufacture and supply of TTY equipment.
An emergency mobile phone system developed at Flinders University has won a prestigious international award for post-disaster relief work in the Pacific. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen s smartphone communications system that can operate without cellphone towers is one of five winners in the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge. The Challenge, which attracted 129 applications from 20 countries, aims to acknowledge and develop outstanding efforts to improve faster, cheaper and effective aid responses to Pacific nations. In collaboration with New Zealand Red Cross and based on the Serval Project at Flinders, the acclaimed free Android mobile phone system called Serval Mesh provides cellular-like communications in the absence of cellular signal or internet. Dr Gardner-Stephen says the $279,000 prize will be put to good use.
Sydney, 5 May 2016 Industry has welcomed amendments to the International Mobile Roaming Standards (IMRS) announced today, which will give additional flexibility to Australian customers roaming abroad and will delay the imposition of new regulatory burdens on mobile service providers. The amendments come as a result of industry associations Communications Alliance and AMTA (Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association) working through the Government s red-tape reduction program. Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton said that although the streamlining of the Standard does not go as far as industry sought, it is nonetheless a welcome example of the Government s commitment to reduce regulatory burden where appropriate.
The Waste 2016 Conference is the leading waste industry conference in Australia that brings more than 500 delegates from local councils, state and federal government and the waste and recycling industry together to explore issues and industry initiatives. Celebrating 20 years since inception this year the conference will feature 50 waste exhibitors and 90 presenters, both national and international. The presentations will feature the most up-to-date content on the latest developments in the industry and where it will be heading to in the future. MobileMuster has been an ongoing sponsor and exhibitor at the conference in Coffs Harbour, which provides the team with an opportunity to meet with representative from local councils across Australia, who are integral collection and education partners of the program.
Calls to Triple Zero (000) from mobiles now contain improved location information, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Mobile carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have worked in partnership with Emergency Service Organisations (ESOs) to introduce upgraded systems to allow better information about the location of a mobile caller to Triple Zero (000). Unlike fixed landlines, emergency calls from mobile phones have not previously been able to give emergency services potentially helpful information about the caller s location. See AMTA s tips for emergencies and mobiles: http://www.mobiletips.org.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its quarterly March 2016 Snapshot, which gives an overview of regulatory and compliance activities. The ACMA s Quarterly Snapshot infographic series helps the many and varied groups of Australians affected by our work to gain an appreciation of the range of our day-to-day regulatory activities, said ACMA acting Chairman, Richard Bean.
Doctors have used information from a Fitbit device to shock a man's heart back into rhythm in the first known case of using a fitness tracker for a medical procedure. Engadget reports that such devices have become useful to doctors in tracking cardiovascular health.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has appointed five new representatives to its Consumer Consultative Forum (CCF). The CCF is a key element in the ACMA s consumer engagement strategy, said acting ACMA Chairman James Cameron. It has been structured to provide an opportunity for consumer representatives to raise issues and suggest solutions with senior representatives of industry, regulators and government policy makers.
Text video messages are being sent to 8000 construction workers in the ACT to provide tips for on-the-job safety. ACT Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Mick Gentleman, said the first of a series of safety videos that will be sent directly to the mobile phones of local construction workers. Communicating with construction workers about health and safety issues has its challenges given the nature of their work. These short videos, that use local tradies, provide safety tips and regulatory compliance information directly to those in the industry. They will be very useful in toolbox talks that are regularly held on site, Minister Gentleman said. This new and innovative way of reaching local tradies will help to improve their understanding of safe work practices and associated regulatory requirements, Minister Gentleman said. The first video to be issued provides advice on working safely with mobile plants, a common cause of injury and even death on work sites.
The rules for network infrastructure deployment will have to be updated to meet the challenges of next generation mobile technology, says the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA). AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, told the CommsDay Summit session on 5G and Wireless Futures that along with higher frequency spectrum, 5G would also be characterised by much denser networks, which would challenge current regulations for network deployment. AMTA is proposing reform to how mobile network deployment activity is regulated. These proposals have the potential to further promote investment in mobile networks by driving efficiencies in planning and deployment activity and also have the potential to deliver flow-on economic productivity benefits for Australia, he said. We will require significant adjustment of regulatory policy to allow the sort of density in deployment that 5G is going to require.
Fifty eight per cent of girls and young women receive unwanted, indecent or sexually explicit material such as texts, videos and pornography from online, according to a new survey. The survey of 600 girls and young women reveals that harassing and bullying behaviour online is becoming commonplace and is affecting girls aged 15-19 across Australia. The Office of the Children s eSafety Commissioner has released advice on how to block, delete and report anyone harassing them online or on their phone. See article: https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/newsroom/blog/australian-girls-online-bullying-and-the-important-role-parents-play See more tips on cyberbullying: http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Mobiles.and.Bullying.-.Tips.for.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has developed a mobile phone use policy which promotes compliance with Australia s driving laws and provides practical advice on how to minimise distraction risks. The mobile phone use policy was developed in conjunction with AMTA s members Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and in partnership with the National Road Safety Partnership (NRSPP), which is a network of road safety experts, authorities and businesses working to build road safety programs for workplaces.
Changes to the spectrum framework are not intended to mandate particular approaches to the use of spectrum, says the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield. He told the CommsDay Summit 2016 in Sydney that the Radiocommunications Bill was designed to remove barriers to innovation and encourage industry to manage spectrum in different ways. Submissions to the consultation paper on the Bill are open until April 29, to be followed by additional consultation on a legislation exposure draft. See Minister s speech: http://www.minister.communications.gov.
A New Zealand safe driving campaign to stop drivers illegally using mobiles uses surprising social awkwardness to make a powerful point. Hello is a road safety campaign by New Zealand s Transport Agency. The video shows passengers intercepting and holding drivers hands as they illegally attempt to pick-up their mobiles while driving. Drivers in Australia are not permitted to touch their mobile unless it is in approved cradle, allowing them to touch it only for the purposes of making or receiving a voice call while keeping their eyes on the forward roadway. http://mashable. AMTAs Safe Driving tips http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Dont.drive.to.distraction.-.safety.tips.for.drivers