Finder research shows that over the past 12 months, Aussies have wasted $152.6 million on excess data charges. Read more…
What is Telstra Air?
Access fast broadband from thousands of hotspots across Australia through Telstra Air.
Covered in this guide:
- What is the Telstra Air network?
- How do I access the Telstra Air Network?
- Can I use Telstra Air overseas?
- Is Telstra Air free?
- How do I find Telstra Air hotspots?
- Plans that include access to Telstra Air
Telstra provides communication services for millions of Australians, whether through classic fixed phone lines, Telstra Mobile phone services or wireless or fixed line Telstra broadband plans. Within Australia the odds are pretty good that you've either been a Telstra customer, or you are a Telstra customer currently.
It's the biggest provider of network communication services in the country, with every other provider playing catch-up in one way or another. Telstra positions itself as the premium network provider in Australia, although it's certainly not without its competitors.
Telstra Air is a good example of an additional service open to most Telstra customers that differentiates its service offerings from those of its competitors.
What is Telstra Air network?
Telstra Air is the marketing name of Telstra's network of Wi-Fi enabled hotspots for mobile data provision. Telstra uses a mix of its own installed hotspots across the nation as well as customer fixed line broadband modems that connect up to the Telstra Air network to form a nationwide mesh of availability.
While Telstra enjoys the widest 4G LTE availability in Australia, Telstra Air gives it another method of getting data services out to its customers. Because the hotspot points rely on fixed line connections, they can sometimes be a better bet than a 4G LTE network in a congested network environment, although as with all things wireless, experiences can vary.
How much does Telstra Air cost?
Telstra currently pitches Telstra Air as a value-add for its existing customers. What that means in pricing terms is that if you're on a qualifying Telstra service, Telstra Air access is provided at no charge.
Outside of the free Wi-Fi offer, strictly speaking, your access to Telstra Air depends on the specifics of which Telstra services you have. If you have a Telstra home broadband service, you can access Telstra Air if you have a compatible Telstra Home Gateway. Specifically, that needs to be a Gateway that allows your home broadband service to form part of the wider Telstra Air network. What this means in practical terms is that a small part of your incoming broadband bandwidth is reserved for Telstra Air. You're not giving strangers access to your home Wi-Fi, but simply providing effective "guest" style access. In return for doing so, Telstra provides access not only to Telstra Air within Australia, but also to "fon" branded hotspots across the world.
Accessing the Internet via Telstra Air doesn't count against your home or mobile data allowance, so you don't have to worry about watching your downloads when connected to a Telstra Air hotspot.
If you're not a Telstra customer, you can purchase guest access to Telstra Air spots on a time-limited ad-hoc basis.
How can I find a Telstra Air hotspot?
You've got a couple of different ways of sniffing out your closest Telstra Air hotspot if you're keen for some mobile Wi-Fi.
At a very simple level, you can check for Telstra Air availability from a compatible device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop by searching for the network, although Telstra's own installed hotspots are rather easy to spot thanks to the vibrant pink Telstra Air branding. If you spot one of the increasingly few public phone booths with a pink top, that means that it's also a Telstra Air hotspot.
You can also query Telstra's online hotspot checker to find Telstra Air hotspots by suburb or postcode. If you're travelling internationally, fon also allows for location-based search so that you can scope out potential Wi-Fi locations before you travel.
Grab a Telstra plan to access the Air network here.
Check out these Telstra SIM-only plans, all of which include Telstra Air access across the hotspot network:
Latest mobile news
With unlimited calls now a standard inclusion for mobile plans, why are some Aussies yet to hang up on their home phone? Read more…
If you're keen on a Google Pixel 4 on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, we've got all the details you need. Read more…
3G networks will be decommissioned in Australia, but there’s still time to make plans for the switch-off – it's a few years away yet. Read more…
Telstra’s exclusive on Samsung and Oppo’s 5G handsets comes to an end, with the Oppo Reno 5G joining the Optus ranks. Read more…
Discover the new technology set to replace physical SIM cards altogether. Read more…
Latest mobile plan deals on Finder
After significant testing, these are our picks of the phones to buy
Read why this is one of the best Samsung Galaxy phones yet
Ask an Expert