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TFL Makes Public Payphones Free

Now, wherever our existing phone booths are around the country, such as near hospitals, health centres, and bus stands, any Fijian will be able to make calls to any emergency lines, as well as any Telecom landline in Fiji, when in need.
17 Sep 2021 14:37
TFL Makes Public Payphones Free
A customer making a call using a payphone owned by Telecom Fiji Limited.

Fijians will now be able to make calls for free from any Telecom Fiji payphones to any emergency line and Telecom landlines in Fiji from today, 17th September 2021. The latest in a series of initiatives by Telecom aimed at helping the greater community.

Telecom chief executive officer, Charles Goundar said that the new measure was meant to provide a free and handy service that would be of genuine use to Fijians during these uncertain times.

“We are delighted to provide this free service as part of our corporate social responsibility to contribute to a better, more caring and more inclusive Fiji, where every Fijian can reach out for help if and when they need to, or just connect, if necessary,” said Mr Goundar.

With the introduction of Telecom’s new initiative, where customers will be able to make free calls from payphones to call any emergency lines and Telecom landlines.

This is a significant initiative which will benefit those in emergency situations. In the past 18 months there was a total of 25,000 minutes’ worth of calls through payphones, showing that they continue to be commonly used in emergencies.

“Now, wherever our existing phone booths are around the country, such as near hospitals, health centres, and bus stands, any Fijian will be able to make calls to any emergency lines, as well as any Telecom landline in Fiji, when in need.”

Mr Goundar added that the new initiative demonstrated the commitment to enable all Fijians to have access to telecommunication and to benefit Fijians honor their historic legacy.

“Ever since their rollout, these public payphones with their distinctive design inspired by a traditional drua, have been a prevalent fixture of the urban landscape in Fiji for decades,” said Mr Goundar.

Gone are the days when lovers spoke for a prolonged period or family and friends chatted briefly over the payphones in the days when mobile phones were a rarity. Now the only time people queue up beside the payphones is to call home and let their families and friends know they are safe after a cyclone, or some other natural disaster has cut off the mobile network.

“In the same spirit, we hope that this free service reflects the vital role these payphones have played in the past, and it is our sincere hope that it will continue to serve the Fijian community in an equivalent manner for years to come.”

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