From Christmas Eve until 28 December, local, national and mobile calls from Telstra payphones will be free. Merry Christmas!
Stuart Bird, Telstra Executive Director Home and Business Products said by offering free calls, Telstra hoped more people would be able to get in touch with loved ones this Christmas. While most of us are lucky enough to do this in person or have access to technology that helps bring us together, there are others who may find themselves separated from loved ones without a way to get in touch, Bird says.
Telstra says it sees an increase in calls on payphones each December, so by opening up our payphone network, it hopes all Australians will be able to reach out to loved ones this holiday season.
Cathy Humphrey, CEO, Sacred Heart Mission encouraged people who haven't contacted their loved ones in a while to take advantage of the free calls.
"Christmas can be an extremely tough time for many Australians who are either going through a difficult time themselves or are missing someone they love," Humphrey says. "There are many reasons people might lose contact with friends and family. With financial barriers removed, we're encouraging anyone who is apart from their loved ones this Christmas to give them a call."
Some of Australia's most-used payphones are located in Mr Druitt (NSW), Melbourne Airport (VIC), Royal Brisbane Hospital (Qld), Tennant Creek (NT) and King Leopold Ranges (WA). There are 16,000 of them located across the country - you can find your closest one by searching here.