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The best Christmas gifts for tech-savvy kids

Devices

Posted on December 21, 2018

1 min read

Christmas is a time for giving, and we all know there’s no-one more deserving – or sometimes demanding! – than the children in our lives. And those kids inevitably want the latest, greatest, flashiest presents, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite high-tech gifts here.

Dialling in at Christmas: free payphone calls for those in need

Telstra Foundation

Posted on December 20, 2018

3 min read

“Hi, it’s me.” For Australians living in isolation and doing it tough this Christmas, making that phone call may be the first step they take to reconnect with friends and loved ones.

But in a world of smart phones and the nbn™, being connected is something a lot of us take for granted. It’s easy to forget that there are many Australians who don’t have the technology or financial means to access a phone line, or a way to connect with their loved ones at Christmas.

For some of these community members, not being able to come together with family, friends and loved ones at Christmas time only heightens feelings of loneliness, personal hardship and isolation.

To help those separated by distance or circumstance to get in touch with one another this festive season, we are again opening up our national payphone network and providing free local, national and standard mobile calls from Telstra payphones around Australia from December 24-26. We will also be offering free Telstra Air® Wi-Fi access from selected public hotspots.

We’re really pleased to be working alongside our long term partner, The Salvation Army, to help spread the word about our offer. Their mission is to bring hope to those facing personal hardships, such as homelessness, all year, every year, and especially at Christmas.

“With many vulnerable people suffering from feelings of social isolation, a free phone call removes financial barriers and gives everyone – regardless of their personal circumstance – the chance to make a positive emotional connection,” said Major Brendan Nottle, The Salvation Army.

As a company with connection at its heart, we want to play a genuine role in connecting people at Christmas and all year round through the technology and experiences we provide. Our ability to open up our network gives all Australians the opportunity to pick up the phone and call their friends, families and loved ones at a time of year when social connection is really important.

Last year, 170,000 calls were made from our payphone network across the same period, with our data revealing NSW residents and visitors to be the biggest payphone users overall.

Over the three days, nearly 31,000 unique connections were made via our free Telstra Air Wi-Fi access, at sites across the country. Swanston Street and Bourke Street sites in Melbourne’s CBD received the greatest number of users. Collective data usage across all Telstra Air Wi-Fi hotspots also reached 5.6 TB over the course of the campaign, with sites in Southport, Currumbin and Surfers Paradise in Queensland the top locations.

Nothing beats the sound of hearing a loved one’s voice, especially at a time like Christmas when a focus on families coming together is really heightened. It’s an important opportunity for those in the community who might be feeling isolated at this time, and we hope that even more Australians take up the opportunity to connect with their loved ones this year.

Australians will be able to call anyone in Australia across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day free of charge from any of the 16,000 Telstra branded payphones around the country.

Things you need to know:

Free calls around Australia to local, national and standard mobiles from Telstra payphones from 24-26 December 2018. Free calls exclude international calls and premium services (19x), Mobile Satellite, and 1234, 12456 directory services. Excludes Telstra rented payphones. Free Wi-Fi data at select Telstra Air payphones and Telstra Stores, in Australia only. Telstra Air available for Wi-Fi enabled devices only.

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Give the gift of connection: four of the best pre-paid phones for Christmas

Devices

Posted on December 14, 2018

1 min read

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to splash out on a special gift for a loved one. A pre-paid phone is a great way to connect a younger school-aged child or even a parent or grandparent to the world in the palm of their hand, especially with Telstra’s special gift of a bonus Google Home Mini with every Android phone purchase. Here are some of our top suggestions for a pre-paid present.

What we’re buying our loved ones this Christmas

Devices

Posted on December 7, 2018

5 min read

It’s the time of year where we’re all getting ready for Christmas, choosing and picking out presents for our families, friends and loved ones. We caught up with our Consumer Executive, Kevin Teoh and Jana Kotatko, our Customer Value Management Executive, to ask them for some inspiration when it comes to high-tech Christmas gifts.

Kevin is our consumer focused executive, so it’s no surprise that he’s always across the latest and greatest devices and deals. Two new Samsung tablets might be under the tree from Santa this year for his family, and maybe even a rose gold Samsung smart watch. Those Samsung tablets are just $1 per month when bundled with our $19 per month MBB companion plan, which includes 10GB of data and Peace of Mind data. Purchasing any eligible Android device, home broadband plan or Smart Home kit before 25 December will also score you a bonus Google Home Mini – great for a gift, or to keep for yourself to add to the collection.*

The tablets will come in handy on the family’s planned 10-hour road trip over the Christmas break, whether it’s streaming sports on Kayo or something a little less competitive. For himself, Kevin’s tempted by a smartphone photo printer, though he might have an extra motive in helping the kids print out photos for school.

Christmas is also the perfect time to make some smart upgrades to your family home or holiday home under the guise of a gift – and Kevin’s planning to get one for every room of the house! If you’re stuck for a present then you can’t go wrong with gifting our bonus Google Home Mini speaker, which uses the Google Assistant and Wi-Fi for voice-activated smart home control**.

“Telstra’s range of gifting options this year make things even easier for our customers, and for me. We not only have on offer our biggest range of devices ever, we also have new payment options available, so customers can add high-end tech to their home or mobile plan with no upfront fees, and pay them off over time.

“As a last minute shopper, it’s comforting knowing I can duck into a store anytime and be covered for gifts for the whole family, regards of interest or age,” Kevin told us.

Jana’s Christmas list is already well under way, and there’s one big reason why – her kids are huge Fortnite fans, spending their waking hours smashing away in the game’s Tilted Towers. Because of that, a pair or two of Beats wireless headphones should make for a perfect present; not only will they channel the sound of the game’s boisterous narrator directly into her children’s ears rather than around the house, they’ll sound good at the same time.

A brand new iPad for Mum is also on the cards for Jana’s Christmas list, with a new deal just launched that combines a new Apple iPad with a data SIM and 21GB of included data over a 24-month contract. We’ve also recently made it easier for you to choose the extras you want on your plan, so you can easily stock up on accessories when you want them.

Getting out and about stocking up on presents for your family, is really the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself as well – and maybe pick up a techy goodie that you’ve had your eye on for a while now! Jana’s thinking of getting some earphones for the gym, or maybe a R2-D2 droid inventor kit which can be controlled by a smartphone from the comfort of your couch.

And we all know someone who already has everything – all the tech, all the toys, all the latest gadgets. For those tricky picks, how about the gift of entertainment? We’re just kicking off a summer of sport, so it’s a fantastic present for the sporting tragics in your household too – whether it’s Foxtel from Telstra starting at $20/month with all the trimmings, or the game-changing Kayo starting at $25/month with over 50 sports already on offer. And best of all, it all arrives on the one bill, so you can see exactly what you’re getting this Christmas and into the New Year.

If your friends or loved ones are thinking of upgrading to a new phone, we also have a tempting offer coming up to Christmas: get a Samsung Galaxy S9 for $69 per month with 30GB of data and no excess data charges, as well as a bonus Google Home Mini.

Gift some tech this Christmas: 7 top smartphone accessories for friends and family

Tech and Innovation

Posted on December 7, 2018

2 min read

It’s the start of the festive season, with just under four weeks to go until Christmas – and that means it’s time to start thinking of some smart ideas for presents! We’ve pulled together a few suggestions that might catch your interest.

Smartwatches are our number one selling accessory for Christmas at the moment, although headphones are close behind when it comes to customer add-on favourites. Many of us already have smartphones, but sometimes we don’t dish out for the extras that we really enjoy – which makes our picks below a great choice for a tech-savvy family member or friend.

We’ve also made it easier for you to add on accessories to your mobile or home broadband plan, and take them home today while paying the cost off on a 24-month plan with no additional charges – so you don’t even need to shell out for a quality gift all at once!

Without further ado, here are a few choices you could add to your Christmas gift list for friends and family. We’ll also be sharing some of our top choices for kids and those buying their first smartphone this Christmas soon, so stay tuned.