How to avoid being a ‘sick and tired carrier’
More than 30,000 Australians have signed an online petition calling on telecommunications companies to allow customers to use data-capable smartphones.
The petition, launched by mobile phone company iiNet, says the use of mobile data is a major barrier to many Australians accessing the internet, as it can slow down devices and cause more problems than it solves.
“There is a growing body of evidence that mobile data usage can negatively impact our quality of life and even lead to health issues,” the petition says.
“The mobile industry has been a major source of consumer frustration with the lack of clarity around the rollout of the Data Capability Standard and the new requirements for data usage.”
“In the past, the telcos have tried to keep consumers in the dark, and that’s the reason why iiNet is launching a petition calling for a simple, transparent and consumer-friendly solution,” the company said.
“We need a solution that is in line with the consumer’s needs, and does not hinder their ability to access the internet.”
In our opinion, the use and abuse of data is unacceptable and a risk to the health and safety of Australians.
“We need to have a solution to reduce the impact of mobile internet on Australians’ health, safety and wellbeing.”
A number of countries, including the US, have introduced similar data-usage regulations.
In a statement, iiNet said the introduction of data usage caps was “a good first step to better supporting the NBN’s rollout”.
“The introduction of cap on mobile data speeds has been welcomed by consumers who want a choice when it comes to accessing their data, and a simple way to manage it is to sign up for a free mobile plan on the NBN,” it said.
“In addition, it is also a great first step towards better supporting NBN’s network.” iiNet has not yet announced pricing for the Data Caps Standard.
As a result, the petition has received nearly 11,000 signatures.
The company says the new data-caps standard is a way for consumers to better manage their data and access speeds.
Its customers can sign up online for a data-only plan, which includes no data, or a data and internet plan, where users will be charged for the amount of data they use.
Data caps for consumers are not included in the NBN rollout, but iiNet’s customers will be able to opt out of the new standard through their phone.
With the introduction, Australians are also expected to be able take advantage of the NBN on the home front.
Under the new rules, customers will not be able access any services that require them to use a mobile phone.
However, customers may still be able use their phones to access a range of internet services.
This includes social media, gaming, video-sharing and other services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu.
A spokesman for iiNet confirmed the new standards would be rolled out over the next two months.
He said the company was working with the Government to establish a process for rolling them out to all Australians.
More to come.