Telcos Move on SMS Scams

The communications watchdog has welcomed a bipartisan effort by Optus and Telstra to crack down on premium SMS providers operating on their networks. The decision of the two carriers follows industry statistics revealing skyrocketing complaints about premium SMS services and the Federal Court’s decision to impose $15.8 million worth of fines on a Queensland mobile messaging company and its directors for breaching spam laws. Telstra and Optus have agreed to engage mobile advertising and messaging compliance specialist WMC Global to monitor premium SMS services to ensure they comply with industry codes

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