Ring tones drain kids’ pockets

CHILDREN continue to be sucked into signing up for costly ring tone subscriptions despite moves to crack down on the industry.

Kerri Dennis, from consumer website Not Good Enough, said her 12-year-old daughter was recently charged $80 in fees when she thought she had bought a one-off ring tone.

An Australian Communications and Media Authority spokesman said an independent body would be set up in the next two months to resolve complaints about premium SMS services.

An Australian Mobile Telecommunication Association spokesman said some carriers offered either a bar or a monthly spend limit for premium SMS services.

via Sydney Morning Herald