Tagged With acma

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When was the last time you opened your phone bill to find an unexpectedly high number staring back at you?

According to the latest report from The Australian Communications and Media Authority, this very thing is happening 14 per cent less than it was in 2013 - for post-paid mobiles, at least.

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has directed mobile service provider Lycamobile Pty Ltd to comply with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code following a complaints-handling investigation. It turns out Lycamobile hasn't been keeping records of due response dates for its complaints. In some cases the telco didn't advise customers of delays in dealing with their complaints, or keep records of proposed resolutions.

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The results of the Federal Government's recent auction of a large chunk of the 1800MHz band of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum have been announced: Telstra and Optus each spent nearly $200 million on securing more bandwidth, while TPG and Vodafone also splashed out with multi-million dollar investments. The 2015 auction should see Australia's 4G networks in regional areas get faster and cover wider areas.

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Other than waving your phone in the air like a Star Trek tricorder, there's not much you can do if you're getting poor reception on your phone. In metropolitan areas, it's a brief annoyance, but head out to more rural locations and crappy signals are a way of life. Consumer-level signal boosters can provide some relief, however, not only are they illegal in Australia, but selfish to use, killing reception for other nearby users.

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Well, this seems overdue. While some mobile providers have long offered free calls to 13, 1300 and 1800 numbers, in their plans, many others haven't. Regulator the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) had originally planned to introduce legislation in January 2015 making fee-free calls compulsory, but now the major telcos have agreed to make at least some of those calls free ahead of that deadline.

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A con man targeting unsuspecting Windows users and holding their computers hostage online has been fined and given a suspended jail sentence in Britain. The scammer's outsourced Indian telemarketing workers called random phone numbers, convinced people their PCs were virus-laden and charged for antivirus software that Microsoft offers for free.

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Anyone who has ever had a mobile phone service in this country — be it pre- or post-paid — has a bad experience to share. Bill shock, bad service, crappy coverage: we've seen it all. But there's one overarching problem that is more significant than all of those combined: the idea of "the average customer".