Today is officially World Wi-Fi Day and to mark the occasion Telstra is making all its public Wi-Fi locations free.
Telstra is also celebrating the installation of its millionth Wi-Fi hotspot today, expanding its Telstra Air hotspot coverage even wider.
On any other day, Telstra Air is only free to the Telstra mobile or home broadband customers who have become Telstra Air members.
There is a slight catch though. When customers opt into Telstra Air they actually agree to share a small portion of their own bandwidth with the public. Telstra says that it won’t affect your home broadband allowance and that it is safe and secure.
For non-Telstra customers, the pricing of Telstra Air Guest Passes is usually $5 for 1 hour, $10 for a day, $25 seven days or $30 for thirty days. But today, of course, it’s totally free.
World Wi-Fi Day began last year and it is organised by the World Broadband Alliance.
According to the official site, the goal of the day is to raise awareness and help bridge the digital divide.
One of the Alliance’s key initiatives is the HOPE for Connectivity charter. HOPE stands Help, Offer, Promote and Engage and it aims to connect the 4 billion people who do not have access to the internet.
To further promote the day, Tech Guide reported on Instagram’s reveal of the most Instagrammed hotspot locations in each state.
The winners are beaches, with the exception of Tasmanians who prefer the museum (are they more cultured?):
So if you are out today and want to save some of that crucial data, don’t forget to hop into any Telstra Air hotspot.
Aussies, in particular, have every right to enjoy World Wi-Fi Day since we invented the bloody thing.
Aussie electrical engineer Dr John O’Sullivan is credited with inventing Wi-Fi with the help of this team at CSIRO. It was patented in 1992, and it earned the CSIRO around $430 million in royalties and settlements until 2013 when the patents expired.