Smart thinking will see Ballarat bill-payers cut costs

Half the households of Ballarat in central Victoria will be given free smart-telephones in February 2002.
The $A450 phones will be given way by Multelink, a private company backed by Sino Securities, which is supported by Richard Li, CEO of Telstra's Asian partner, Pacific Century CyberWorks.
Multelink CEO, Terry Crews, says that during the six-month pilot scheme, the 20,000 Ballarat homes with the smart telephones should save on their telephone calls and power bills.
Crews says Multelink downloads call rates. When a person makes a call, the smart phone automatically selects the cheapest carrier. He says the same principle will apply to electricity retailers, when full competition is introduced