Free calls & Wi-Fi from all Telstra Payphones until New Year’s Day

Starting today until New Year’s Day Telstra is gifting calls and data over the holidays from all payphones nationally.  That’s right – FREE CALLS and FREE WI-FI HOTSPOTS  from payphones across the country throughout the festive period.   Now in its fourth year, the initiative aims to help Australians reach out to those who matter most, connecting those separated by distance or circumstance.

shutterstock_1450242089.jpgIn a bid to help Australians stay connected, Telstra will extend the period all Australians and visitors can take advantage of the free calls from December 24 – 1 January 2020 inclusive, offering free local, national and standard mobile calls from Telstra payphones around the country. On top of the free calls, selected Telstra Air Wi-Fi access points will be free to everyone during this time. Last year’s free calls campaign ran from December 24-26.

In 2018, over 120,000 calls were placed during the free call period, with time spent on the phone equivalent to over 300 days.  Meanwhile, over 23,000 users connected to Telstra Air hotspots over the period, with 3.55 terabytes transferred in total.  This year, it is predicted to increase with more people making the most of no charge calls across the extended dates.

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“Christmas is a time to connect – or reconnect – with family, friends and loved ones. While many of us rely on smartphones and tablets, we know there’s a lot of people, including some of the community’s most vulnerable, who’ll use our payphones to make a call that will matter this holiday period.” said Jana Kotatko, Executive, Customer Value Management,  “We know how successful the free call period was last year with 120,000 calls made from Telstra payphones so this year we’re extending it from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day.”

With many vulnerable people suffering from feelings of social isolation during this time of year, a free phone call removes financial barriers and gives everyone – regardless of their personal circumstance – the chance to make a positive emotional connection.

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Free calls exclude international calls and premium services (19x), Mobile Satellite, and 1234, 12456 directory services. Excludes Telstra rented payphones. Free Wi-Fi data at select Telstra Air payphones and Telstra Stores, in Australia only.  Telstra Air available for Wi-Fi enabled devices only.

 


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