Public Telephones and Phone Cards
If you travel in remote places you will be aware that even in small country
towns there are public telephone boxes mainly Telstra. Payment of calls can
be by coin or card. As there has been a move to have more telephone boxes
with card payment to deter thieves it may be a good idea to purchase a
Phonecard before you depart. Cards for $10, $20 & $50 amounts can be
purchased from Australia Post, newsagents or phone shops and the card
displays the remaining credit balance at the conclusion of the call.
PhoneAway and Telstra Phonecard can be purchased on line
from Telstra Calling Card Shop.
Most of these
cards allow you to make calls from most telephones in Australia and
around the world. Family and friends can leave voicemail messages
which can be retrieved by you from nearly everywhere.
In some larger
major tourist areas the public telephones have provision for payment
by credit or debit cards such as Mastercard, Visa or American
Express by swiping the card in a slot. There may be a service fee
for this type of payment.
stores and petrol stations also have coin operated telephones for
use by the public.