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We regularly report on telecommunications consumer issues and our quarterly complaint statistics. You can read our latest articles below.

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Consumer tips for avoiding high global roaming charges

14 Dec 2012

Before travelling overseas, we encourage consumers to contact their telco and make sure they are fully informed about all potential costs and charges of international roaming and other international telephone services.

Roaming complaints down but disputed charges increase

12 Dec 2012

The TIO regularly receives complaints from consumers who return to Australia after travelling overseas to large bills caused by using mobile roaming.

Complaint statistics July-September 2012

12 Dec 2012

The TIO has seen a sharp decline in new complaints, beginning in April 2012 and continuing into the new financial year. Between 1 July and 30 September 2012 we received 37,777 new complaints, 10.8 per cent fewer than in the previous quarter, when we received 42,353 new complaints. Complaints are down 26.1 per cent decrease from the same period last year.

The TCP Code 2012 - minding and bridging the gaps

12 Dec 2012

Outside the TIO, the importance of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code in our day-to-day work may not be fully understood. The TIO has the power to receive, investigate, and help resolve consumer complaints that involve code-related matters. At all stages of a complaint, the TIO uses codes to help understand and resolve complaints.

Ombudsman calls for an increase of minimum default amounts

12 Dec 2012

If a consumer does not pay a phone or internet bill within 60 days of the due date, their provider can report their name and the details of their debt to a credit reporting agency.

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Case Study - Customer Service

A man contacted us because he had made a payment twice by mistake. Each time he called the service provider he had to explain his situation again as if it was the first time.

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