by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa’s self-regulating mobile content and applications industry body is urging subscribers to scan, monitor and their subscriptions at least once a month to avoid unwanted mobile billing.
Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) is promoting the ‘scan, monitor, check’ mobile mantra as an effective way for keeping tabs on what mobile value-added services have been requested by users.
“It’s in everyone’s best interest that mobile users only receive what they want to receive,” said Anthony Ekerold, chair of WASPA.
Ekerold believes nonetheless, South Africans can be proud of the country’s mobile content and applications sector, which he described as a world leader in responsible self-regulation and boasts an enforceable industry Code of Conduct that’s the result of a decade and a half of hard work.
WASPA first introduced a Code of Conduct to regulate the then emerging mobile content and applications industry in 2004.
From a collection of like-minded firms wanting to offer increased protection to the local mobile consumer in line with developments globally, the sector is today an important and responsible contributor to South Africa’s vibrant cellular industry.
According to WASPA, South African mobile users are well protected.
This can be seen in the fact that the country’s over 95 million mobile connections generate a mere handful of mobile subscription-related complaints to WASPA monthly.
– CAJ News