Australian carrier Telstra doubles over for “Free Mobile Data Sunday”


Sorry” sometimes just isn’t enough. Australian carrier Telstra seems to know that.

So when a network outage event took hold last Tuesday, the network decided it would aggressively recover customer satisfaction and give its engineers overtime with a “Free Mobile Data Sunday.” Every subscriber — even those without data credits — got in on the action.

Telstra reported 1,841 TB of total traffic, double a usual day’s movements. One user took to Reddit to brag about his 421GB take, nearly 72 times his monthly allotment of 6GB. That’s about 25 seasons of the program “How It’s Made,” some other full seasons of other programs and the synchronization of 172 Steam games.

The carrier said speeds were reduced on its branded “4GX” network from all of the traffic, but that same user performed tests throughout the day and got 100-plus megabit speeds each time. But nothing went wrong otherwise.

Redditors have told the original poster to wait for that “mistaken” bill coming through the post this month.

Source: Telstra, Reddit
Via: Engadget

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.