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School holidays – tips for watching data usage

Teenagers love to stay in touch with their friends and during school holidays it can be even more important for them to use social media apps such as Instagram or Facebook to stay connected with their friends.

This means that during school holidays, teenagers can suddenly be spending more time on their phones and use more data than they usually would during school time.

Here are some tips to share with your teenagers to ensure they avoid bill shock:

  • Make sure they understand their plan and data allowance
  • Don’t ignore SMS notifications from their service provider about data use and limits – their service provider will send an SMS when they reach 50%, 80% and 100% of their plan’s data allowance – so if they hit 80%, it’s time to talk about purchasing extra data or changing plans
  • Make use of Wi-Fi whenever it’s available to download Apps, music and video – to avoid adding to your mobile data usage – you can even turn off “mobile data” for certain Apps or for your device

Finally, if managing data use seems too hard – prepaid is always an option, however, you need to remember to keep their credit topped up so that they aren’t left unable to make a call.

Click here for more mobile data tips: http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Mobile.Data_.tips

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.

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How will 5G improve network performance

While the technical standards for 5G are still being developed, experts agree that 5G will offer: Latency of less than 1ms; Ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps and beyond; Energy efficiency in running 1000s of devices; and Improved network capacity by enabling millions of low bandwidth devices to connect simultaneously. Where 4G focussed on providing improved speed and capacity for individual mobile phone users, 5G will enable more industrial applications, and could be a major technological driver in industrial digitalisation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.