For this to happen, Telstra wants a ransom payment of $99. Otherwise no deal.
The phone line has finally been released and TPG is in the process of re-connecting me online. Best estimate is some time next week, probably about 5 days from now. If it happens, the hijack will have lasted over a month and my lawyers will no doubt take this into consideration when we go after the people responsible for this near-criminal activity in what was once a respected Australian Icon.
I am typing this at home before going to my online contact with the outside world at the Internet Cafe.
Happy New Year everyone. Make sure it stays that way by hanging up immediately if Telstra calls you.