OVER Christmas Telstra is making it easier for vulnerable and at-risk people to phone home by making calls from its national payphone network free.
Australians will be able to call anyone in Australia across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
There will also be free wifi at selected public hot spots.
Telstra has joined with the Salvation Army to spread the word about the offer.
“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 Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle.
“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,” Head of Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates said.
“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 Telstra’s payphone network across the same period.