Telstra has announced it will be introducing new location products to help customers find the things they need and love the most - from keys, bikes and family pets - to business assets such as hardware and vehicles.
In 2019, we’ll launch Telstra Locator™, a new subscription-based finding service for consumer and small business Telstra post-paid mobile customers. By attaching a Telstra Locator Tag to their valuables, customers will be able to use the Telstra Locator App to help find their possessions if they go missing.
In November, Telstra will take the first step in launching this new finding service with an update to the Telstra 24x7 App. There are two key things for customers to understand when choosing to allow location permissions with this app update.
Firstly, by allowing location permissions, Telstra 24x7 App users will have access to a new Telstra Device Locator™ feature. Device Locator will help customers locate compatible iOS and Android™ Telstra mobile phones and SIM-enabled tablets on their Telstra account, including the ability to send tailored messages to lost devices. Data charges may apply for this feature.
Secondly, when Telstra 24x7 App users choose to opt-in and enable location permissions they’ll become part of a Bluetooth® locator community that allows Telstra mobile customers to securely and anonymously help each other to find lost valuables. When Telstra Locator launches this year, the service’s tags include Bluetooth technology. The Bluetooth locator community will help an owner find one of these tags and other compatible Bluetooth devices if lost.
We encourage customers to read more below about Telstra Locator, Device Locator and opting-in for location permissions and being part of the Bluetooth locator community.
What is Telstra Locator?
Telstra Locator is a new subscription-based finding service from Telstra that will help customers find the things that matter most to them – from keys and bags to bikes, pets and business assets like tools and vehicles.
By attaching a Telstra Locator Tag to their valuables, Telstra Locator customers will be able to use the Telstra Locator App to help find their possessions if they go missing. They will also be able to locate their compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets from the Telstra Locator App.
When is it available and for who?
Telstra Locator will be available for purchase by consumer and small business Telstra mobile customers with a post-paid plan in 2019. More details on pricing and availability will be released in 2019 also.
How does it work?
Telstra Locator has different tag types that can be placed on valuables and paired with the Telstra Locator App. Each tag is designed for different things. For example, the small and lightweight Telstra Locator Bluetooth Tag is ideal for keys and laptop bags. While the Telstra Locator Wi-Fi Tag is perfect for pets, bikes and large bags.
Each tag uses different technologies and networks to help users find their things – but they all work in a similar way. When a tagged item becomes misplaced, customers can use the Telstra Locator App to see the last known approximate location of their tag on a map. In addition, if the item is close by, they can use the ring function on the Telstra Locator App to help find it.
What are the different types of Telstra Locator Tags?
What are the different networks that Telstra Locator uses?
Each Telstra Locator Tag type connects to different elements of the Telstra Locator Network as follows:
What is the Telstra Bluetooth locator community?
The Bluetooth locator community is just that – it’s a community of Telstra 24x7 App users helping other customers find misplaced items. Telstra mobile customers who opt for location permissions on the Telstra 24x7 App from November will form part of this Bluetooth locator community, as well as every Telstra Locator App.
The Bluetooth locator community will continue to grow over the next few years with more than 6,000 Telstra vehicles and 6,000 taxis (travelling more than 1 million kilometres each day) being fitted with Bluetooth locator technology to broaden reach.
How does the Telstra Bluetooth locator community work?
When a lost item with a Telstra Locator Tag or compatible Bluetooth device attached moves within Bluetooth range of an opted-in 24x7 App user, the Telstra 24x7 App on that device will send its location and information about the tag or device to the Telstra Locator Platform, which supports the finding service. For Telstra Locator, this information is used to show the approximate location of the Telstra Locator Tag on the tag owner’s Telstra Locator App. The Telstra Bluetooth locator community works in a secure and anonymous way and no information about the owner of each tag is shared with the community member.
Is the Telstra Bluetooth locator community secure?
The Telstra Bluetooth locator community works in a secure and anonymous way. Telstra Locator customers don’t know which community member has helped locate their device and the Bluetooth locator community member cannot see what devices the Telstra 24x7 app is detecting.
When will Telstra introduce the Bluetooth locator community and how?
Telstra will introduce the Telstra Locator Bluetooth locator community in November 2018 through an opt-in process for Telstra 24x7 App users. As part of an App update, Telstra will ask Telstra 24x7 App mobile customers’ permission to use their location to help locate their and other customers’ Telstra Locator Tags and other compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. Customers will also have the benefit of access to a new Telstra Device Locator feature by allowing location permissions. Device Locator will help customers locate compatible Telstra mobile phones and SIM-enabled tablets on their Telstra account, including the ability to send tailored messages to lost devices.
Do customers have to be part of the Bluetooth locator community?
No. Telstra mobile customers can choose if they want to be part of the Bluetooth locator community through an opt-in process on the Telstra 24x7 App and allowing location permissions. Customers who have opted in can also opt-out at any time.
Are there any additional data charges for being part of the Bluetooth locator community?
There are no additional data charges for customers participating in the Bluetooth finding locator community.
What is Telstra Device Locator?
Telstra Device Locator allows Telstra customers to locate Telstra Post-Paid and Pre-Paid SIM-enabled devices (iOS and Android) under their Telstra account. Using the Telstra 24x7 App, the Telstra Device Locator gives you the ability to:
You can choose which of your devices has location sharing enabled, and anyone on the same account with a Telstra ID logged into the Telstra 24x7 App can see the location of other devices on the map. Data charges may apply.
Am I eligible to use Telstra Device Locator™, and is it free?
To use Telstra Device Locator, you must be a Consumer or Small Business Telstra Post-Paid or Pre-Paid mobile customer with an Android or iOS device. The feature is only for personal use.
Data charges may apply to use Telstra Device Locator, depending on your mobile plan. International Roaming charges apply when used overseas.
If I purchase Telstra Locator, can other people see my Telstra Locator tags or location?
Customers have full control over who they invite to share location information with and what they can see. Location sharing is by an invite and accept basis and can be updated or turned off at any time.
The location of a customer’s Telstra Locator Tags, smartphones and tablets connected to their service can be viewed by the customer themselves, as well as other people the customer has invited to join their service where they’ve chosen to share location information.
How will Telstra use location data that is collected via the Telstra Locator service?
Telstra will use the location data about Telstra Locator Tags and devices to supply the service to its customers. It will not be used for any other business purposes. To continually refine and improve our Telstra Locator service Telstra will use aggregated and anonymised data about the use of the platform and its performance.
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