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Today we’re talking mobile phone bills; the opening hours of retail traders over Easter and  the tragic death of Matthew Barclay at the National Surf Carnival on Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast… what’s on your mind?

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  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    A new study says that almost half of us have had “mobile phone bill shock”.

    According to the State of the Mobile Nation report by Macquarie University, 45 per cent of mobile phone users suffered bill shock last year.

    The main reasons for surprise were voice calls at 54 per cent, followed by data usage at 20 per cent and SMS at 18 per cent.

    Also, lots of us are signing up to expensive “cap plans” and then not using them.

    Aussies are wasting more than $557 million a year!

    We’re getting more choice, but becoming more confused and just don’t trust our phone companies.

    So today we’re asking: been shocked by your mobile phone bill lately?

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Valerie

      I recently received a $6000 phone bill after taking a (mostly switched of) iPhone to California. I’d signed up for an International Roaming Pack, so we could switch the phone once a day to check to see if disaster had struck on the homefront.
      Each switch on, downloaded the world of FB updates and offers for penile extensions. $6000 dollars worth, in fact.
      We fought it, on the basis that our Tel-Co had said they would notify us if we exceeded our data limit, and didn’t. The bills were overturned, and the shock turned to victory.
      Lucky, really. I didn’t really have a plan B.

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      WENDY GREEN

      I guess I’m on a fairly expensive plane at $56.00 a month but I get $250 worth of credit for that which I never use entirely. We now use my mobile for just about all calls so that we aren’t also paying an expensive home phone bill.
      If I didn’t have my mobile I would never hear from my kids, as it is, I find texting a great way to stay in touch even though communication is of the ‘short’ variety : )

      • Reply March 29, 2012

        WENDY GREEN

        (oh dear!) … of course I meant plan – not plane! DOH!

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    OR you can talk about ANYTHING YOU LIKE… GO AHEAD!

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Valerie

    Aaaaah… switched ‘off’… no plan B for auto correct either.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    SIX GRAND… OMG!!
    We’re having a wrangle at my place over a $1,800 power bill!! Three times more than we’ve ever had. Three times more than this time last year! We’ve refused to pay and power co is investigating.
    Yes it was a huge shock!!
    Glad you had a victory, Valerie.
    Keep your fingers crossed for us.
    Wx

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Valerie

      They were surprisingly amenable.
      Strike their weak spot, is my advice. Check what they’ve promised, and show how they failed. It feels like they are very unused to folk disputing anything with any (non-tabloid TV backed) energy.
      Got ‘em crossed for you.

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      WENDY GREEN

      Good luck with your bill Wendy.
      We actively switch everything we are not currently using – as in right now – and have saved a heap on our electricity bill. When friends are telling us their bills are going up ours has actually gone down : )
      Turn off anything that burns a pilot light – especially the TV – and only use a light in the room you are actually in. We use candles too (like they did in the old days!) and this not only saves money on lighting in places like the loo and the kitchen after dinner but also adds a romantic aspect to the ambience in our home ; )

      • Reply March 29, 2012

        WENDY GREEN

        by the way …. you can pick up cheap fat church candles in the major supermarkets for around $3 and they last for weeks.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Kirsten Benhiam

    I want to change mobile phone providers and get a new fancy phone but I’m being very hesitant as I know the chances are that I’ll get a nasty shock from my 1st bill. Every time I have changed phones and providers, the bill is huge. They get you on the pro rata fine print. It seems they can do whatever they want and change any fine print and not let you know. My current provider has put up calls and I’m spending way more than before.
    I have given myself 1 month to decide and I think it will take me that long to decode all the plans that are available.

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      There’s a brilliant book called “The Paradox of Choice: why more is less” by Barry Schwartz. In it he explains that the more choice you have, the more it wastes your time and becomes a negative in your life. More choice is not always good, although it’s always hailed as being exactly that.

      • Reply March 29, 2012

        Kirsten Benhiam

        I completely agree about the timewasting of choice. That’s why I don’t always shop at the largest supermarket. You could be days making a decision about which pasta to get.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Jane Waterhouse

    Our thoughts go out to the Barclay family, whose son Matthew was found on the northern end of Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast this morning.

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Yes, indeed, Jane. What a terrible tragedy. And to think his mum and Dad and brother were there on the beach when he went missing. My heartfelt condolences. They must be shatttered.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    airdre grant

    quick change of subject- why does the Chamber of Business ( or what ever they are called) insist in making shops open all the time , like New Years Day – when ‘volunteers’ ( yeah right) will be ‘given the opportunity’ to work. Now they say they want shops open on Easter Sunday .
    is there to be no peace! No respite from shopping!. Can we have a break please!
    What about time to relax, reflect, play etc in a place where the busyness of business is for once switched off???

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    I agree Airdre, remember as a kid when there used to be tumbleweeds blowing through the streets as Easter… now it’s a shopping festival. Wx

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Dramaqueen75

      It amazes me though that even though the shops are pretty much open for most of Easter the week before is always a shamozzle! You can’t just duck out for milk and bread because every man and his dog is clogging the aisles with overflowing trolleys
      Why is it so?

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Tracey

    Oh dear. My heart goes out to the Barclay family – those poor people. It really makes you wonder about how closely monitored these kids are. I mean, you encourage them to do nippers and other ocean sports to keep them fit and healthy – and so they can get themselves out of trouble if necessary. And you expect that there are enough lifesavers to help if anyone gets into strife. Simply heartbreaking.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    leah pallaris

    I also send my sympathy to the BARCLAY FAMILY.
    ALSO to the STYNES family.. JIM stynes was my Hero.
    A man who reached FOR the best in all of us..
    He will never be forgotten.. MELBOURNE HASA LOST THEIR FAVORITE SON…

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Jacquie

    Recently there was an article about Vitamin D deficiency being on the rise in Australia. As i stood outside hanging out the washing today I wondered if there was a correlation with people using clothes dryers ( rather than hanging out their clothes outside to dry) with the rise. What do you think?

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      WENDY GREEN

      Sounds very likely to me, Jacquie. Not to mention all the kids sitting in front of their X-Boxes or whatever instead of getting outdoors and running off their excess energy. No wonder our kids are restless and ‘bored’ most of the time – they’ve lost their imagination!!!

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      I think over zealous warnings about sun cancer are to blame mostly. Vitamin D deficiency is a big deal. I think one correlation may be in women not going outside to the line. Apparently you only need 5-10 mins of sun a day to keep your levels up.

    • Reply March 29, 2012

      Aeron Winters

      I think you may be correct Jacquie. I love to hang my laundry out, and do so whenever I can…it just smells so much nicer…and it’s whiter. But I noticed that my new neighbour (well, she and her partner moved in about a year ago) never (and I do mean never) hangs out her laundry…or even ventures outside except to walk the 5 steps to the car. They have a 10 month old baby that is just starting to walk and that child never gets to go outside. No stroller rides, no playing in the backyard, nothing. If they aren’t vitamin D deficient I would be very surprised.

  • Reply March 29, 2012

    WENDY GREEN

    Someone needs to inform our politicians that they should NOT let the RETAIL TRADERS ASSOCIATION RUN THE BLOODY COUNTRY!!!!

    We DO NOT need the shops open 24/7, 365 days a year.

    So listen up: HANDS OFF EASTER and CHRISTMAS please!

  • Reply March 30, 2012

    Anne

    Personally I like the shops being open on public holidays. Working fulltime and sometimes long hours means Saturdays and Sundays are taken up with housework, washing, shopping, gardening and perhaps if I’m lucky catching up with friends for a movie. Even the idea of going to a crowded shopping centre, finding somewhere to park, battling my way through crowds and facing a confusion of retail outlets to buy a pair of shoes or black pants for work brings me out in a cold sweat. Just about the only time I do go clothes shopping is during holidays or when there’s an ‘extra’ day such as a public holiday…!

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