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Stay Connected on the Road this Holiday Season

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Planning a road trip this holiday season? We’ve developed a list of tips to make sure you’re prepared for when you hit the great open road, from maintaining your mobile battery, to keeping your home secure while you’re away. Plus ways to help keep the kids entertained until you arrive at your destination.


Keep an eye on your battery

It’s never a good idea to let your phone battery die while travelling – especially on a road trip where you may need to make an emergency call.


Be sure to travel with a portable charger in case of emergency, and keep an eye on your battery usage in your device’s settings throughout your journey. You might find that certain apps are using battery in the background, even if you aren’t actively using them.

Check out our list of battery saving tips for your Android device.


Check on your home – while you’re away from home

If you’re going away this holiday season, keep an eye on your home with Telstra Smart Home technology. Deterring a potential home intruder is the first line of defence when it comes to home protection, and there are many ways to monitor your home without the need for complex wiring or extravagant units.


A video doorbell uses a small camera and an app, sending you a notification when the door bell is activated. The app lets you view the person at the door and talk to them, wherever you might be.


Wireless cameras use motion detection and send an alert to your smartphone to notify you of movement, with recordings stored on a cloud for up to 30 days or downloaded to your device. Wireless cameras are relatively easy to set up and provide an extra level of protection for your home.


Home monitoring systems can come with a variety of devices such as cameras or sensors already included in a starter kit, with the option to add additional devices. These systems can be cloud based, and you won’t need multiple apps to handle the different aspects of your home monitoring. These systems can be remotely viewed anywhere in the world if your device has internet access.


Peace of mind for your family and home is easier than ever. Find out more about Telstra Smart Home and Netgear Arlo Go Wireless Cameras.


Stay connected with Telstra Air

Telstra Air is Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network. Eligible Telstra customers enjoy free Wi-Fi data at over 1 million Telstra Air hotspots across Australia and over 19 million hotspots across the world through our partnership with Fon.


Telstra Air customers can connect to Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network to access unlimited data using your smart phone, mobile device or laptop. When you’re out and about, Telstra Air automatically connects you to the nearest hotspot in range via the Telstra Air App.


Telstra Air is available to Telstra customers who have at least one of the following services:

  • Pre-Paid mobile
  • Mobile on a plan
  • Home broadband (ADSL, Cable or nbn™ services with a compatible gateway)
  • Mobile broadband

If you don’t have one of the above services you can purchase a Telstra Air Guest Pass here.  


Keep the kids entertained

If you’re planning to travel with the kids this festive season – whether it’s a road trip or a holiday interstate – it’s a good idea to ensure they have all the entertainment they need.


The Foxtel Kids app is a world of fun in one safe place. Kids big and small can enjoy the best children’s entertainment anytime, with channels like Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Included in your Kids Pack subscription, the Foxtel Kids app lets your little ones stream their favourites or download them to their device for later on*.

** From 17 September 2019, the Foxtel GO app will be the new home of kid’s content. The Foxtel Kids App will no longer be part of the Kids Pack, and will not be available to download from the Google Play store or Apple App store. Find out more about these changes.**


If the kids are a little older, why not try the Telstra TV app? They can find what they want to watch without needing to search in multiple apps. They can find their favourite shows or movies on Stan, Netflix, Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office, ABC iview and more, then start streaming on a mobile device via the content providers app. Find out more about the Telstra TV App here.


If you have a Samsung Galaxy device like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5, why not try out Samsung Kids Mode? With around 3,000 apps available from Galaxy Apps for Kids, you can choose from a range of free and paid apps to help your youngest family members learn and play. Find out more about Samsung Kids Mode here.


*Just connect your compatible mobile or tablet device to the internet to stream shows. Access to the app only for customers with the Kids pack, some shows not available and not all available for download. Streaming available in Australia only. Downloads will be deleted from your device 31 days after you have downloaded. Data charges may apply. Not available to Optus TV feat. Foxtel and business customers.

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