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Telstra PayPhone Booths Turned into WiFi HotSpots

Postby Freak » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:38 am

Telstra is aiming to build a network of 8000 hot-spots in public areas over the next five years, with 100 soon to be trailed at no cost to the user, Telstra group executive of retail Gordon Ballantyne told News Corp.

It’s not clear how many of the 8000 sites will be repurposed payphones.

Largely a remnant of the pre-smartphone era, payphones are said to be ideal hotspot sites because most are in busy areas and already connected to fibre cabling suitable for high-speed internet.

The payphones will still work as phones, but will also transmit WiFi across a 100-metre radius, depending on the surrounding environment.

Data speed will be around two megabits per second.

Mr Ballantyne said 1000 hot-spots should be operational by Christmas.

Source: News Corp

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Re: Telstra PayPhone Booths Turned into WiFi HotSpots

Postby knuckles » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:58 pm

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Re: Telstra PayPhone Booths Turned into WiFi HotSpots

Postby branleur » Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:57 pm

There's a good scam going with Telstra Air as right now they're running a promotion until the middle of the year which gives you free access if you're an "eligible customer".

However you can become eligible very simply by buying a $2 prepaid SIM card from Woolworths etc.

This gives you a Telstra Air login which can be used at any of the hotspots out there. Apparently some of them are really fast as well, however most payphones just have an ADSL2+ modem in them with very few actually being connected to fibre.


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