You could be forgiven if you weren’t aware that today is World Wi-Fi Day. But Telstra is looking to cash in, using the day to make a special offer to the Australian public – access to free and unlimited data at some 4000-odd Telstra Air hotspots round the nation.
That includes many ageing Telstra phone booths, as well as the homes and offices of Telstra Air subscribers, who have – wisely or otherwise – agreed to let outsiders sign onto the Internet using their connection.
World Wi-Fi Day has been established by a US-based outfit, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, whose members include BT, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, seven major US mobile operator groups, and technology companies including Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei, Google and Intel.
WBA’s members operators are said to collectively operate more than 25 million hotspots globally.
The World Wi-Fi Day program is said to be aimed at championing “exciting and innovative solutions to help bridge the digital divide, with connected-city initiatives and new service launches at its core”.