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Melbourne - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)
Although Telstra is the most popular telecommunications provider, there are many other companies providing fixed and mobile telecommunications services, including international companies such as Vodafone and Optus. Many companies provide both telephone and internet services, and offer discounted packages for landlines, internet access and mobile phones.
Within Melbourne, most people now use broadband or technology to access the internet. There are also many wireless broadband and 3G communications networks in Melbourne, providing easy internet access via laptop computers and handheld devices virtually anywhere in the city.
Some of the most popular companies providing telephone and internet services in Melbourne include:
AAPT Cellular One Ltd (home.aapt.com.au/Home/) Tel. 138 888
Soul (www.mysoul.com.au) Tel. 133 344
Digiplus Tel. 1300 361 441
Optus (www.optus.com.au) Tel. 133 066
Telstra (www.telstra.com) Tel. 132 200
Melbourne residents have access to six free TV stations as well as pay-to-view television. There are three free commercial networks: Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10, as well as ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national network; and SBS and Channel 31 which both focus on foreign-language and community-based programmes.
The most popular provider of Pay TV packages in Australia is Foxtel (www.foxtel.com.au) Tel. 1300 788 162. Other Pay TV providers including Optus (www.optus.com.au) Tel. 133 900 and Austar (www.austar.com.au) Tel. 132 342. Further information is available from www.companyguide.com.au/pay_tv_providers/australia_pay_tv_providers.html with details of how to connect to the services.
Australia Post operates postal services throughout the country, as well as a range of banking services. Stamps can be purchased from Australia Post Shops as well as many other retail outlets. Red post boxes are for posting standard mail and yellow boxes for Express Post deliveries. The Australia Post website includes a search facility for locating post offices and post boxes within Melbourne, see www.nowwhere.com.au/austpost/postofficelocator/default.aspx
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