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Mobile phone petrol station warning is an “urban myth”

Claims that mobile phones have caused fires at petrol stations are an urban myth, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said today.

The consensus view of world health authorities is that mobile phones do not cause any adverse health effects

AMTA relies on the expert judgment of public health authorities, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), for assessments of safety and health impacts.

Mobile phone jamming devices

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) supports the Australian Government’s ban on jamming devices that block out mobile phone signals. The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has declared mobile phone jammers to be prohibited devices under the Radiocommuncations Act 1992. The prohibition makes it an offence to operate or supply, or possess for the purpose of operation or supply, such a device. The ACA said it was concerned about the substantial long term social costs that could arise if mobile phone jammers were allowed to proliferate.

On the spot with Graham Chalker - Interview with Sunday Age Melbourne

Organisations including the YMCA, the Royal Lifesaving Society and the Law Institute of Victoria have raised privacy concerns about mobile phone cameras, particularly about them being used to take photographs of people in compromising situations. We spoke to Graham Chalker, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, about how mobile phone technology affects our lives.

Cameras and mobile phones

Following the debate over use of mobile phones with inbuilt cameras in gyms and swimming pools, AMTA has stated it does not condone the inappropriate use of mobile phones such as sending objectionable images.

Federal Government Legislation on “rebirthing” stolen mobile phones welcomed by industry

Australia’s mobile telecommunication industry congratulated the Federal Government on its announcement that it will make it an offence to “rebirth” stolen phones.

Mobile carriers to trial short SMS numbers

All four mobile carriers, Optus, Orange, Telstra and Vodafone have agreed to cooperate in a joint commercial and technical trial of shared memorable SMS numbers for use in commercial SMS services such as polling and competitions. Currently mobile phone numbers used for commercial SMS services are standard 10 digit mobile numbers. The trial will use a shorter seven-digit number range beginning with 188.

Mobile phone industry response to Federal Government report on electromagnetic radiation

The Inquiry found no substantiated scientific evidence of health effects from mobile phones and their base stations.

‘Safety is the most important call you will make’

When using a mbile phone while driving, safety is paramount. All drivers can make safety their first priority by following some simple common sense practices.

Rick Wakeham, Chief of Products, Telstra Consumer and Marketing Telstra Corporation Limited

AMTA are pleased to announce that Mr Rick Wakeham, Telstra Corporation Limited has joined the Board of AMTA following the resignation of previous board member, Mr David Thodey.
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