Competition

In a positive move for consumers who are increasingly mobile, today the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced it would make calls to freecall 1800 numbers free for mobile users. While traditionally landline callers can call 1800 numbers for free, mobile users are typically charged a timed “per minute” fee to call 1800 numbers. […]

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Last night ABC’s Four Corners program aired this special presentation on the national broadband network (NBN)

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Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan has suggested splitting up the NBN into geographical regions to level the playing field. This is similar to what the US Government did in the mid ‘70s to break up the monopoly telco AT&T into “baby Bells” (smaller regional phone companies) to increase competition. The wisdom of creating a new government […]

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While most of the competitive phone companies charge for calls in 1 second increments instead of 30 seconds, as is common by most of the large phone companies, Telstra has shocked the industry by going back the other way. Now instead of charging in 30 second blocks, which in itself is a classic telco rip […]

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You get what you pay for. It’s an old cliché but has probably never been truer especially when applied to telecommunications products. In a bid to grab market share quickly some ISPs and phone companies have either dramatically dropped their prices or started offering so called “unlimited” deals. Anyone even remotely familiar with the basic […]

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Hot on the heels of the ACCC’s action against Optus, TPG is the latest telco to have fallen foul of the competition watchdog for alleged misleading use of “unlimited” plans.

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