November 8, 2007

Mobile phones 'bankrupting' more teens

According to the NSW government, mobile phones are to blame for the increasing numbers of young Australians seeking to declare themselves bankrupt, reports The Age.

"Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney said a survey conducted by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) had highlighted concerns about "premium" mobile phone content and the massive bills being racked up - often unknowingly - by users.

"Suddenly they have got bills of $3,000 to $4,000 because they thought services they were getting in term of downloads and ringtones, and voting on Big Brother, were free," Ms Burney told reporters.

"In fact it is enormously expensive ... it has become an enormous problem."

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