> Computer Nerd Kev <n...@telling.you.invalid> wrote
>> Rod Speed <rod.sp...@gmail.com
>>> Peter Jason <p...@jostle.com
>>>> Rod Speed <rod.sp...@gmail.com
>>>>>> "Telstra Air" emanates from antennae above telephone booths.
>>>>> Because that is easy to do, but there are fuck all of them left
>>>> Too true. There used to be one close to my place, but they removed it
>>>> for some reason.
>>> Hardly anyone uses them anymore. I often drive past one
>>> that is still there in a street with lots of blocks of flats that
>>> the dregs of society 'live' in and I have never seen anyone
>>> using one for more than a decade now.
>> I've seen people using them pretty often lately,
> I haven't.
> > maybe because they're free now.
> Can't see it myself given that for most free mobile calls are dirt cheap.
> And now that they are free, I can see Telstra pulling the plug on
> most of them now that they get no revenue from them anymore.
Yeah though I'm surprised that they went to the trouble of moving
the old one in the rearby town, which happened after they'd made
them free of charge. They had to cut a (now very visible) track
through the concrete to connect it up. Didn't bother filling in the
hole where the wires came up for the old one though.
> Where are you ? Hard to believe that there are that many desperate povs
Rural Victoria. The Princes Hwy goes through the town I'm talking
about and I expect most of those phone booth users are passing
through. Hence they didn't use it in the old location which wasn't
near where such travellers usually stop.
>> If only they'd install a Telstra Air hotspot on _that_ phone booth
>> then I'd be able to park nearby and leave a laptop downloading
>> things while I do my shopping, but no such luck.
> Are you that desperate a pov yourself ? Figures given you 'live' there I
No point wasting money if someone's giving you the service for
free. I used to park near places like McDonald's (whose food I
never touch) in bigger towns and use their free WiFi, but once more
people started using smartphones which tap into WiFi all those free
hotspots got overloaded and too slow/unreliable for downloading
gigabytes of data in the hour or two that I'd be out shopping in
the surrounding area. So I've given up on that now.
T&C web pages where one's "acceptance" times out after so long and
cuts off in-progress downloads also became more common with many
of these free WiFi providers. Probably to stop people who live
nearby using it for their home internet.
>> In another town I heard from across the road someone talking onone with
>> such loud and vulgar language that they might have been
>> reading out one of your posts. The old encosed ones were better in
>> that way, I saw someone using one of them last week in yet another
> That only happens in the absolute dregs of the country.
Another curious user was at the other booth after it was was moved.
There was an SUV parked right next to it, hazard lights on and
blocking half the road next to an intersection. A woman was at the
phone booth talking on it. After observing this, a little later I
heard a bang which caused me to look back, where I saw the woman
run around the car and jump in the driver's seat frantically, then
she did a U-turn, turned on to the highway, and accelerated away at
The mind boggles.