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Consumers across China will soon only have to dial one number to have their grievances addressed, said the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC).

The new number, 12315, refers to March 15, World Consumer Rights Day.

"We have worked out a technical plan to support the unified number for sending text messages and are in touch with other telecom administers nationwide to roll out the service," Wang Dongfeng, deputy director of the SAIC, told the Beijing News yesterday.

Local authorities should also enable 12315 to publish text messages to consumers, leading to a shift of focus from mediation to prevention, he said.

The 12315 short messaging service was first launched in Hefei, Anhui province. The idea caught on across the nation, with different numbers used in different cities.

The bureau said it was keen to build a video information platform in suitable venues such as supermarkets and department stores so that the 12315 center can provide real time legal advice.

Moreover, the bureau expects the new 12315 service to attempt more interactive co-operation with local government, public security bureau, quality control administration of commodity prices and health bureau, in a bid to share information, inter-transfer cases, and combine executive efforts.

In a joint poll by Sina.com and Beijing News, 2,437 people were asked what the biggest stumbling block was in the way of protecting consumers' rights; to which 60.1 percent said the process was opaque and complex, and 51.3 percent said the cost was too high.

"The future amendment of consumers' rights protection should establish an adequate compensation system," said Wu Gaohan, deputy secretary-general of the China Consumers' Association (CCA), referring directly to the problem of legal costs overshooting the money received as compensation.

The poll also shows that 58.2 percent of people are disappointed with the inadequate work of consumer rights protection agencies, and 41.3 percent think there aren't enough conduits to lodge a complaint.

Statistics from the CCA showed that the consumer goods attracting the highest number of complaints last year were mobile phones (69,050 cases), garments (35,651 cases) and shoes (35,374 cases).


1. Where was the 12315 short messaging service first used?

2. What is the goal of the 12315 service?

3. Which three consumer goods had the most complaints?


1. In Hefei, Anhui province.

2. To have more cooperation between various government departments to share information and combine efforts.

3. Mobile phones, garments and shoes.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Call 12315 to get value for money

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Call 12315 to get value for moneyBernice Chan is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bernice has written for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and most recently worked as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, producing current affairs shows and documentaries.