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Carriers Agree to Government Initiatives to Improve Community Consultation When Installing Mobile Phone Base Stations

Members of the Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF), Hutchison, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, have agreed to a number of Government initiatives to further improve community consultation for the deployment of mobile phone base stations in Australia, Tanya Stoianoff, MCF Executive Director said today.

Australian research highlights the need to do more than just use a hands-free device

Australian research on the role of mobile phones in accidents requiring hospital attendance published in the British Medical Journal today highlights the need for drivers to take more precautions than just using a hands-free device when using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Mobile industry groups introduce new consumer protection measures for premium rate mobile services

Members of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) are introducing new consumer safeguards to help protect young consumers from accessing inappropriate content on mobile phones.

More research required on Swedish study of rare tumours and analogue mobile phones

A Swedish population-based case-control study[1], which has found an increased risk of acoustic neuroma for analogue mobile phone use, should be interpreted with caution because the small numbers mean some findings could be expected by chance alone.

Scientific consensus contradicts Swedish paper

The Swedish research by Lennart Hardell on mobile phone use and brain tumour risk in urban and rural areas contradicts the expert judgment of public health authorities, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), that there is no credible scientific evidence of health effects from using a mobile phone or living and working near a mobile phone base station.

A Current Affair's claims on mobile phone call drop-out are wrong

The Australian mobile phone industry rejects claims on last night’s A Current Affair on Channel Nine that the industry is profiteering from mobile phone call drop outs in so-called blackspots.

Mobile industry welcomes ABA initiative

The mobile telephone industry supports the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s new advice on how young people can be phone smart and use mobiles in a safe manner. The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Graham Chalker, said the mobile phone industry welcomed the ABA’s new safety brochure, which alerts young people and parents to potential pitfalls when using mobile phones.

What you need to know to get the bullies off your back

The mobile phone industry has produced a practical guide to help young people receiving threatening and insulting calls and SMS to get the bullies off their back. The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has released a guide to assist young people and their parents cope with cyberbullying using mobile phones.

NRPB Report reconfirms scientific consensus that mobile phones do not cause adverse health effects

The UK National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) reconfirmed its main conclusion from the Stewart Report in 2000 that the balance of evidence suggests mobile phones do not cause adverse health effects, said Graham Chalker, CEO, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

Australian telcos unite in tsunami relief effort

Australia’s mobile phone operators announced they have rallied together to help drive donations towards the Asian tsunamis and earthquake appeal.
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