Traveling? Avoid expensive roaming
“Anyone travelling overseas will now have a choice over how they receive international roaming alerts.”
Currently, telcos only need to send roaming alerts to devices capable of receiving SMS messages.
Earlier this year, ACMA introduced a revised Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code which required new customers signing up to a plan with a commitment of over AU$1,000, around AU$45 a month for 24-month contracts, to have a credit check from an external party, and customers would need to prove to the telco they are able to pay the bill.
ACMA said at the time repeat non-compliance would lead to ‘significant consequences’ with penalties up to AU$10 million for not following directions from the ACMA.
ACMA will enforce the changes from 1 July 2020 under the Telecommunications Service Provider (International Mobile Roaming) Determination.