Best Mobile Broadband or Free WiFi locations in the Outback?

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 21:02
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Propose a trip up the centre involving journey north thru Renmack, Coober Pedi, Daly Waters then turn right towards the east coast of Australia?? Any advise on best use of getting net connection on such a journey??
Regards Geoff
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 21:36

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 21:36
Geoff,
There have been a lot of threads re this matter. A search should find some good ideas.
What we have been using for outback areas are, A blue tick Telstra phone and a Telstra USB modem, both able to be connected to an external antenna via patch leads. The antenna has a magnetic base that can be either left on the car while travelling, or placed where you can the best signal. Has worked well for us, but still has its limitations in remote areas.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 21:54

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 21:54
Hi Geoff
Don't expect to much at all.
Some caravan parks have WiFi but not free.
As a frequent traveler I purchase a data pack for my phone for the period I am traveling and cable the phone to my laptop as a modem.
The only connection you can expect is in communities that have mobile services and there are many that do not have mobile service.
Very occasionally you may receive a text out the blue so turn around and go back to where you heard your phone ring and you may have service.
Occasionally town libraries have WiFi.
Good luck
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 22:29

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 22:29
Maccas.
or Telstra 3G data pack.

Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Member - Phil H (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 22:51

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 22:51
geoff,
Agree with most. Last year through the Nullarbor , start of canning stock route, Halls creek , West McDonald ranges. Parts of Simpson desert. we had blue tick reception with wifi to laptop OK. Peace and quiet rest of the time was great.We have travelled the areas you mention and generally do OK. Telstra sell a wifi hub that supports 5 devices (about $70). Wife used it around Leigh Creek,Coober peddy, Ularu,Kings cannyon very succesfully last Nov/Dec. If you have 3g blue tick service you'll be O.K. Hope this info helps the hip pocket.
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Reply By: Member - J&R - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 23:25

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 23:25
Use yr phone's portable wifi hotspot. No need for usb gadgets. Much easier and convenient.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 04:24

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 04:24
town telecentres unless thats just a wa thing
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