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“Bright Spots” for mobile consumers

apps-mobile-smartphone.jpgThe ACMA released an update on its Reconnecting the Customer Research at the end of 2016 that found improved outcomes for customers since the implementation of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code in 2012. Richard Bean, Acting Chairman of the ACMA said: ‘In good news for consumers, fewer are experiencing unexpectedly high bills, and they are making better use of spend management tools to monitor and track their expenditure.” “They have a clearer understanding about the cost of their communications services, and are better able to plan and budget accordingly.
18/01/17

New Name for MMF

MMF.PNGThe Mobile Manufacturers Forum has announced its new name: the Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF). “This new name reflects the pace of technological change, the evolution to 5G and the development of the Internet of Things” MWF Secretary General, Michael Milligan said. “It’s all about being mobile and wireless – and the name reflects the association’s background and our future”, Mr Milligan added. The new name is now effective with the core mission centred around four main areas: • EMF & Health: providing information on the health and safety of electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies. • RF Compliance: working with standards bodies worldwide to develop and refine compliance methodologies. • Accessibility: empowering consumers through information on the accessibility features in devices and creating a platform for exchange between industry and stakeholders.
13/01/17

Wi-Fi exposure levels in Australian schools extremely low

stanford-binet-kids-laptop.jpegResults from a new study investigating the exposure of children to Wi-Fi in the classrooms of Australian schools have been reported by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) with finding showing that exposure levels are extremely low. The new research looked at exposure levels in the classrooms of 23 primary and secondary schools in Victoria and NSW. The researchers found that children’s exposure to EME from Wi-Fi access points in the classrooms was extremely low in comparison to Australian safety limits set by ARPANSA. On average exposure was measured at 500,000 times below the Australian safety limit (only 0.0002% of the limit) and was even less outside the classrooms in an open area of the school yard (where it was only 0.000001% of the limit).  These findings show that not only is exposure to Wi-Fi extremely low, but that it decreases rapidly at only small distances away from the access points.
13/01/17

Recycle your mobile and MobileMuster will donate a meal

MobileMuster Ozharvest 3.jpgImagine if your old mobile could be turned into a meal to help families in need. This summer MobileMuster will be doing just that; for every mobile phone recycled until the end of February, MobileMuster will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest, helping them to feed people in need across the country. Electronic waste, including small gadgets such as mobile phones and their accessories are the fastest growing waste in Australia with a staggering 25 million old, unused handsets sitting around at home and in the workplace ready to be recycled.
12/12/16

Mustering the mobiles

Spyro.jpgState departments and local councils are champion recyclers of mobile phones.
23/11/16

MobileMuster Annual Report

MobileMuster Report Small.jpg Last year MobileMuster collected 76 tonnes of mobile phone components including an estimated 1,030,000 handsets and batteries.
21/11/16

Stuart MacIntyre from Optus appointed Chair of AMTA’s Board of Directors

Photo 0106.jpgThe Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has announced that Mr Stuart MacIntyre from Optus has today been appointed Chair of AMTA’s Board of Directors. Mr MacIntyre, Director of Optus Business Technology, joined Optus in 2010 after working as Head of Strategy & Business Development in the British Telecom Group Mobility from 2000. He takes over the role of AMTA Chair from Matthew Lobb, VHA’s General Manager, Industry Strategy and Public Policy, who is stepping down after two years as Chair. Mr MacIntyre said he was delighted to be taking on the Chair at such a pivotal moment in the mobile industry’s evolution. “The combination of latest generation mobile networks and devices with an ever- increasing array of applications and services - on the eve of mobile’s 5th Generation (5G) will make this next few years a most significant chapter in the mobile evolution.” Mr MacIntyre said.
18/11/16

Telcos should not be responsible for vetting electoral communications

 parliamenthouseAMTA and Communications Alliance appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters on 11 November and made the case that telecommunications carriers should not be responsible for ensuring that electoral content carried over networks is appropriately authorised.
16/11/16

Sad or angry drivers at 10 times greater risk of a crash, says new Virginia Tech study

Sad or angry drivers increase their crash risk nearly tenfold when they get behind the wheel, according to a new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. In contrast, fatigue makes a crash three times more likely and talking on a mobile doubles the risk.
14/11/16

Recalls and aircraft bans have raised concerns about smartphone battery safety

The widely-reported recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has raised concerns about the handling of smartphone batteries and their use on aircraft. This has prompted the mobiles industry to warn consumers to more carefully follow battery care and safe use guidelines they get when they first buy their handset.
14/11/16
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