Telstra deploys the first 150 payphone Wi-Fi hotspots

Telstra today announced that it has switched on the first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots that will make up its nationwide Wi-Fi network. Hotspots have been deployed at popular locations such as Sydney's Hyde Park and Bondi Beach, Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall and Brisbane's Queen Street Mall. The telco says that the hotspots have also been rolled-out in "many regional towns and cities across Australia", but did not provide specifics.

The hotspots are housed inside Telstra's old payphones and designated with SSID "Free_Telstra_WiFI". As the name implies, the hotspots will be free to use, but only until early next year when Telstra will begin charging customers to use its network. After the network launches, Telstra home broadband customers who securely share their Wi-Fi connection with other Telstra customers will continue to have free access to the network, using data from their allowance. Other users will have the opportunity to purchase daily access.

Telstra is aiming to expand the number of hotspots to 1000 before Christmas.

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