Telstra is offering free phone calls from fixed landlines and payphone from December 24 to 26.
Telstra is offering free phone calls from fixed landlines and payphone from December 24 to 26.

Telstra to offer free calls and Wi-Fi

THE nation's biggest telco is offering free phone calls and Wi-Fi access so Australians can contact their loved ones over the Christmas break.

From Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, Telstra is rolling out free local, national and standard mobile calls from all fixed Telstra landlines and also from more than 16,000 payphones dotted across the country for the 72-hour period.

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Australians will be able to make free phone calls and access free wi-fi over Christmas. Picture: Supplied
Australians will be able to make free phone calls and access free wi-fi over Christmas. Picture: Supplied

The telco first offered free phone calls at Christmas on their payphone network last year.

More than 271,000 free calls were made during the three-day period.

But in addition this Christmas, free calls from landlines have also been added and also free access to wi-fi from selected Telstra Air public hot spots.

Telstra's head of fixed products Jana Kotatko said it gave Australians the chance to contact family and friends without paying a cent.

"By doing something as simple as removing the barrier of the cost of a call means that even the most disadvantaged Australians have the opportunity to reach out to their friends, family or support networks this Christmas,'' she said.

"This initiative ensures that anyone in Australia will have access to a phone to make a call and connect with friends and family at Christmas - anyone can pick up the phone at one of our payphones around the country to make a free call, it's that simple and that easy."

Australians can also use free wi-fi at selected Telstra Air hot spots available in the vicinity of payphones.

There are more than 16,000 Telstra payphones across Australia.
There are more than 16,000 Telstra payphones across Australia.

The Salvation Army's Major Brendan Nottle said this was a great opportunity for those wanting to reach out to those they love without worrying about the cost.

"A phone call can go a long way in combating those feelings of isolation but many people find themselves without the technology or financial means to get in touch with their loved ones,'' he said.

But Telstra said the free calls does not include international calls, 13 number and premium and directory services.

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