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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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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.

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Flexibility in Network Deployment Regulations

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ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use

In The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?".  The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.  In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable.  This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here: