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Telstra payphones become free for calls within Australia

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Australia’s biggest telco has made major changes to its public phone system

Aussies can now use Telstra payphones for free to call any number locally or nationally.

The telecommunications giant made the announcement today and says the decision is aimed at helping those in crisis situations and boosting connectivity during the pandemic for people without access to a mobile.

Telstra CEO, Andrew Penn stated that the change means that everyone will have access to one of the network’s 15,000 payphones to make a free local or national call to a standard fixed line or a call to an Australian mobile.

“Telstra Payphones are now free phones for everyone to anywhere in Australia. They are an iconic and critical part of our community, and for many Australians, the availability of a payphone is a vital lifeline, especially for those who are vulnerable including the homeless, people who are isolated or someone escaping an unsafe situation.”

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said in a statement
Telstra CEO Andy Penn

International calls will still be charged at overseas rates

International and calls to premium and satellite numbers will still incur a cost, while Telstra Air remains free to eligible Telstra customers. Payphones will also become coinless from 1 October 2021 with Telstra Phonecards recommended for dialing international and premium numbers.

Telstra announces major change to payphone network.

Dedicated to critical services

In the past year, about 11 million calls were made across Australia from Telstra payphones including more than 230,000 calls to critical services like ‘000’ and Lifeline.

Mr Penn said during natural disasters, including the recent flood crisis and Black Summer bushfires, payphones have served as a “critical” part of helping families contact loved ones and emergency services.

Today’s initiative builds on Telstra’s five-year program providing free national calls on its payphones during the Christmas and New Year period which it works closely on with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle welcomed today’s news, saying, “This is an absolute game-changer for many of the people we work with across the nation. The reality is this piece of infrastructure is absolutely critical because a lot of Australians either don’t have a mobile phone, lose it or the phone’s charger, or simply run out of credit.”

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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How can we support a more eco-friendly future?

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With a $23 million commitment for a national circular economy and $1.3 million for net zero transition guidance, Australia is advancing towards sustainability.

Funding Futures is a weekly TV show on Ticker, hosted by Mike Loder and Steven Maarbani from Venture Crowd, that delves into the dynamic and evolving world of venture crowd-raising.

In this episode, we are joined by Cameron Hope, Founder of CEO of Hirehood. #trends #funding futures

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The integral step to entering the property market

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In the debate surrounding housing affordability, a divergence emerges between media portrayals and stark realities. While the crisis is often depicted as insurmountable, critics argue that individuals tend to blame external factors rather than taking personal responsibility.

Despite challenges, advocates urge a shift from despair to possibility, emphasizing personal agency and proactive pursuit of homeownership goals. Thus, while acknowledging the hurdles, reframing the discourse empowers individuals to navigate the housing market with resilience and determination, making the dream of owning a home a tangible reality for those willing to seize it. #Trending #Featured

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