Phone deals not affected by summer time
Telstra has denied that Tasmanian customers have been disadvantaged by the early commencement of daylight saving in the state.
A customer has claimed the company considers Tasmanians to be on Victorian time in relation to its special deals. Australian Labor Party senator, Sue Mackay, said Tasmanian customers on plans with special mobile rates from 9pm or special long distance rates from 7pm would have to wait an extra hour to avoid additional charges.
Spokesman for Telstra, Bruce Free, said the telco's special deals applied at the advertised time during daylight saving in Tasmania. Telstra's 101 message bank service however will indicate that messages were left one hour earlier than they actually were for Tasmanian customers until Victoria changes to summer time on 28 October 2001, Free conceded.