The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has watered down its mobile phone procurement panel, because the panel wasn't providing good hardware prices for agencies.
The office had reviewed the Whole-of-Government Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services Panel in May, finding its prices were too high.
"The review also found that agency purchasing needs did not result in sufficient aggregation of volume to attract significant price discounts," AGIMO said in a blog post.
The panel will no longer offer mobile accessories and, although it will continue to offer mobile handsets, government agencies will not be required to purchase them through the panel for the next 12 months. The panel has not been axed, however, and will still be available for buying mobile voice and data carriage services.
Telstra, Optus, TransACT and Teledesign are all members of the panel, which is managed by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
AGIMO will conduct a more in-depth review of the mobile phone panel.