Telstra mobile networks works in Yarram and Heyfield

Telstra payphones around the country can be accessed for free calls to Santa this festive season. Photo: Contributed

TELSTRA recently completed upgrades of their mobile network bases in both Yarram and Heyfield, which required temporary disruptions to services.

On November 17, Telstra announced that work had already begun on the Heyfield base, to end on November 26. The network was fully offline between Tuesday, November 21 to Thursday, November 23. These works aimed to improve 4G capacity in the existing coverage area.

The Yarram base upgrades were for “improved capacity” – Telstra did not specify 4G, and it appears to be referring to general mobile coverage. Yarram works took place between Monday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 29.

During all these works, landline services, NBN internet services and mobile coverage from other providers were not impacted.

Regarding businesses using the Telstra network for their EFTPOS terminals – the company said that Telstra does not operate the EFTPOS network; it is operated by financial institutions. Many EFTPOS terminals can also be connected using fixed line or Wi-Fi/NBN internet connections.

Meanwhile, Santa is calling Australian kids from the North Pole.

Nearly 2000 of Telstra’s 14,500 payphones have decorative decals on them to show that Santa can be called, including in Gippsland. You can find your nearest one at

Until Christmas Eve, kids can dial # HO HO HO from any Telstra payphone and speak directly with Santa. Free calls to Santa offer an easy and cost-free activity for Aussie families to get time in with Santa. It is also a great way to teach children about the use of payphones in case of emergency.