Monday, 20 May 2019

In Brief


ACMA launch mobile phones and kids guide

In time for the new school year, the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) have published a blog post aimed at parents considering purchasing a mobile phone for their children.
The post, Mobile phones & kids: do your sums,encourages parents to consider which plans are most appropriate and generally recommends prepaid mobiles as the most appropriate option for children.
ACMA also provides useful information on avoiding large bills by avoiding in-app purchases and keeping credit card details away from children. The authority also has guide on apps and in-app purchases.

Better Call Saul: US TV series features character who suffers EHS

US TV show, and Breaking Bad spin off, Better Call Saul features a reclusive character who believes he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), a medically unexplained condition featuring a wide variety of symptoms that the individual attributes to exposure to electromagnetic fields.
The Guardian recently published an article by leading researchers Dr James Rubin and Sir Simon Wessely that explains the condition in the light of the show, and provides an overview of the electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the UK and Europe.
Dr Rubin has also recently published a paper outlining the need for more research into the ethical treatment of people who self-identify as hypersensitive.

Official TIO complaints about mobiles fall to seven-year low

Official complaints for mobile telecommunications services fell to the lowest level in seven years in the December quarter 2014, according to recent figures released by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).
Mobile phone complaints fell by 1.9 per cent in the December quarter to 14,743 and were 21 per cent lower than the same quarter in 2013.
The TIO says this is the lowest number of complaints about mobile services since January-March 2008.

Old Phones for Good mobile recycling campaign helps Salvos Christmas Appeal

MobileMuster’s Old Phones for Good mobile phone recycling campaign has raised nearly $27,000 for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
MobileMuster committed to giving The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal $2 for every kilogram collected through MobileMuster's Australia-wide collection network to encourage mobile phone recycling over the Christmas New Year period.
More than 13.4 tonnes of old mobiles and accessories were received in December 2014 and January 2015 as part of our Old Phones for Good campaign.


Published 7/4/2015

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