TELSTRA today launches the summer of wi-fi love, opening up its Telstra Air Network so that millions of Australians will have uncapped and unlimited free wi-fi around the country.
Telstra predicts that Australians looking to avoid mobile data costs or not wanting to burden their home data limits will be tapping into the wi-fi network and using the data equivalent of sending more than 50 million high-quality photos.
From today until June 30 next year, all eligible Telstra mobile and broadband customers will be able to tap into the more than 200,000 hot spots around the country that are located in pay phones, cafes, parks, and retail outlets.
Telstra launched the Telstra Air Network in June but there were several catches to using it. You had to be a Telstra broadband customers, you could only log on for 30 minutes at a time and the data you used was counted against your home data limit.
From today, when Telstra customers log on to the network, they will not have any data caps or time limitations and any data they use will not affect their other accounts.
Trends so far suggest many customers and students and members of the digital-first generation but there has also been a wave of budget-minded older people looking for free wi-fi on the road.