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Important information for customers with a Samsung Note 7

Following the voluntary recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones announced on 5 Sept, Samsung is making new replacement devices available for Australian customers. Samsung have stated that the safety of customers is their priority and they are working to provide replacement devices as soon as possible.  “We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patience, and apologise for the inconvenience. We have been working hard to get the amazing Galaxy Note7 back in the hands of our customers to continue to enjoy,” said Richard Fink, Vice President IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia. Find out how to check your Note 7 and get a replacement here.

Notice of AMTA Annual General Meeting 2016

Notice of AMTA Annual General Meeting 2016 The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 17th November, 2016 at Telstra in Sydney at 11.45am General business includes: Receipt of accounts and reports Confirmation of auditor Confirmation of new board members Confirmation of office bearers AMTA Chair’s report Other Business  Please email renae.white@amta.org.au to RSVP and for location details.

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MobileMuster Recognises Top Workplace Collectors

MobileMuster, the only not-for-profit government accredited recycling program in Australia, is proud to announce the winners of their Workplace Recycling Awards. The eight award winners from across Australia were dominated by government organisations highlighting the strong partnerships developed within this sector. Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said “We partner with a number of government agencies like the Department of Defence and South Australia Police who require a secure and responsible recycling service to support their business operations.” The Government’s accreditation, which MobileMuster acquired in 2014, gives the program a green tick of approval and recognises that MobileMuster adheres to the highest safety and ethical standards when recycling old mobiles and accessories which is important to our workplace partners.

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Make sure you get good information on mobile phones & health

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) provides a unique opportunity for the public and community to talk directly with our scientists on issues about radiation exposure and protection in Australia This service offers people the opportunity to find answers to science related questions that they have been unable to find using other resources. ARPANSA encourage you to first explore their website to find your answers or to send an enquiry via their online contact form. Their phones are open from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Melbourne AEST), except during public holidays. View full article here

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2G Network Shutdown

Telstra 2G Network will shut down in December 2016 Telstra will shut down its 2G mobile network on 1 December 2016. Who will be affected? This will only affect Telstra and Boost Mobile customers using certain older mobile phones and devices. These customers will need to either upgrade or make changes to their devices so that they will still work. Telstra has been contacting affected customers over the last 18 months to provide them with information about the steps they will need to take to upgrade and transition to a 3G/4G service. From 1 December 2016, any device or SIM card accessing the Telstra or Boost 2G (GSM) 900MHz mobile networks will stop working. Emergency calls will also no longer be possible – unless the device is within the coverage area of another carrier supporting 2G calls. In addition, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that only operate on the 2G network will stop working.

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Australian researcher speaks in The Conversation and dismisses alarmist claims about health effects from mobile phone use

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.