How to access the Telstra Air Free WiFi network. Millions of people can access the Telstra Air Network for free. For others, access can be as little as $2 for months worth of access. The Telstra Air network includes thousands of WiFi hotspots across Australia. The most popular Telstra Air WiFi hotspots are the Telstra public phones with a pink top on them that are seen in popular tourist areas including major cities.
Who can access Telstra Air Free WiFi?
Telstra is currently offering Telstra Air WiFi for free until 27th of March 2018 for qualifying customers. To access the Telstra Air WiFi for free you need to have a suitable Telstra service and have a registered account. Telstra services that qualify include Telstra Home Broadband. As Telstra is the most popular provider of home broadband services, this means millions of people can already access the Telstra Air WiFi for free. Other Telstra services that can use the Telstra Air WiFi for free include Telstra prepaid and post paid mobile phone and mobile broadband services. If you still don’t have a qualifying account there are other great options.
How to Access the Telstra Air WiFi almost Free ($2)
Telstra Air WiFi for almost free. One of the services that qualifies for free Telstra Air WiFi is the Telstra Pre-paid mobile broadband, which has starter kits available from $2. You can obtain these starter kits from most major supermarkets, post offices and of course Telstra stores. Through the activation process of this service you create a Telstra account that qualifies for the Telstra Air WiFi Free access. These Telstra pre-paid mobile broadband service expire after 28 days, however the account remains active for about the next six months. That means around seven months access to the Telstra Air WiFi network for $2, or until 27th of March 2018 when the offer is set to close.
Telstra Air WiFi Hotspots
There are around 900,000 Telstra Air WiFi hotspots across Australia. There are three main types of Telstra Air WiFi Hotspots. Connection speeds vary greatly depending on type of Telstra Air hotspot you are connecting to, how many other people are using that particular hotspot and in some case, where it is located.
- Telstra Pink Payphones
Typically provide 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. The stunning exceptions are the ones around Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise, where we have obtained 25Mbps down and 31Mbps up.
- Telstra Stores
These can vary greatly, but some can provide the fastest WiFi publicly available. Outside the store at Pacific Fair Broadbeach we obtained 33Mbps down and 48Mbps up. This compares well to the 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up outside the store in Stockland Burleigh Heads Shopping Centre and the Telstra store at The Pines Elanora. Users have reported speeds as high 210Mbps down and 170Mbps up at other stores in the region. This very impressive result was from the store at Westfield Chermside.
- Domestic WiFi Hotspots
Many residential Telstra fixed line broadband customers have Telstra Air WiFi hotspots in their homes. This allows visitors and people walking past in the street to access the Telstra Air Network without impacting on the residential customer’s quota. The system is also designed to have limited impact on the speeds obtained by the residential customer when using their home network. As a result only one Telstra Air user at a time can connect to these hotspots and the speeds are limited to a maximum of 2Mbps down and 1Mbps up.
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