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#1 Sun, 10/01/2016 - 13:17

Free Telstra Services and Credit to Customers Affected by WA Fires

Telstra has announced an assistance package for its residential and small business customers who have lost property and telephone services as a result of the major fires at Yarloop.

Telstra Area General Manager Boyd Brown said at this stage there had been no reports of any significant damage to Telstra’s network sites in the area. He said there were a number of sites within the fire zone that were without mains power and coverage had also been impacted with fire damage to some optic fibre cables that service the mobile base stations. While Telstra technicians have restored power to some sites they are currently awaiting approval from emergency services to enter the area and begin repairs to restore network services.

Mr Brown encouraged customers to call Telstra on 13 2203 (enter their full home phone including area code and report a fault) to register for the assistance package.

“We understand this is a terrible time for anyone who has been affected by these fires and hopefully this package will help people as they work through this incident,” Mr Brown said.

Telstra’s relief packages are determined by the nature and scale of the specific event and can include:

Short term measures (for Telstra customers who have a short term impact – temporary evacuation of premises or temporary fault) include:

Free use of Telstra public payphones in the affected areas;
Free call diversion from an affected fixed home or business phone service to another fixed or mobile service of the customer’s choice, regardless of the carrier;
Customers who use the free call diversion to divert their affected fixed home or business phone to their Telstra mobile service, can also make local and STD® calls on their mobile at fixed line rates, in accordance with their selected HomeLine® or BusinessLine® plan (limited to one designated Telstra mobile per affected household or business).
The above offers are applicable until network damage in the area due to the natural disaster is repaired, or while customers remain evacuated, for a maximum period of 3 months from the date of the natural disaster.

Affected Telstra mobile customers who do not have a Telstra home phone can receive a one off credit to the value of $100 inc. GST (limited to one mobile phone per Telstra mobile account).

Long term measures (for Telstra customers who have suffered severe damage to or loss of their premises e.g. fire):

FIXED SERVICES

Cancellation of a Telstra fixed phone service at the affected address, with number reservation for up to 12 months from the date of the natural disaster.
Free call diversion from the customer’s Telstra fixed phone service to another Australian fixed or mobile service of their choice, regardless of the carrier. This offer is applicable for a maximum period of 6 months from the date of the natural disaster.
Customers who use the free call diversion service to divert their affected Telstra fixed phone service to their Telstra mobile service, can also make local and STD® calls from that mobile service at fixed line rates, in accordance with their selected HomeLine® or BusinessLine® plan (limited to one designated Telstra mobile diversion per affected Telstra fixed phone account).
In addition, Telstra will apply a one off credit to the value of $500 inc. GST to the customer’s Telstra fixed phone account to help cover the costs of the following, if required:
connection of a Telstra fixed phone service at one temporary residence
re-connection of a Telstra fixed phone service at the customer’s original permanent premises number reservation
additional call charges.

BIGPOND® SERVICES

For Telstra residential and small business customers who do not wish to retain their BigPond service at an affected address:
disconnection of the affected BigPond service without the requirement to pay any applicable early termination charges or fees, as well as an email address reservation for up to 12 months from the date of the natural disaster connection of a BigPond service at an alternate residential or business address without any connection charges within a 12 month period beginning from the date of the natural disaster.

For Telstra residential and small business customers who wish to retain their BigPond service at a temporary alternate address, Telstra will apply a one off credit to the value of $110 inc. GST to the customer’s account to help cover the costs of the following:
move of a BigPond service to a temporary alternate address
move of a BigPond service back to the customer’s original address.

For existing Telstra Mobile Broadband residential and small business customers – free replacement of the modem or USB device if required.

Affected customers should call Telstra on 132 203 (press option 1 and enter their full home phone including area code) to report a fault on their services and/ or to register for the assistance package offers.



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