telstra mobile coverage ?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 18:51
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Telstra are claiming that they provide coverage to 99.5% of nsw POPULATION.

Question does anyone know of an accurate estimate of how much of the Australian land mass is actually covered not population ?
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 18:59

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 18:59
About 4% of land mass
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Reply By: Slow one - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:02

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:02
They cover 28% of the Australian landmass.
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:03

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:03
Going by a map that i just Googled, doubt if it would exceed 5%.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:39

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:39
The Australian Quote,

But Telstra argued that there was a big geographical difference between the two networks with the telco giant’s covering 2.3 million square kilometres, or about 28 per cent of the Australian landmass, versus Optus’s network coverage of about one million square kilometres.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:47

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:47
Gidday

Never mind the numbers ... You know what they say about statistics and lies.

If you are wondering about coverage in regional, rural and remote Australia, Telstra are way ahead of the rest.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:15

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:15
Just cut and paste text of interest into search engine of choice....

Text quoted from court case between Telstra and Optus

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:07

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:07
woops - followup to wrong reply...sorry

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Reply By: pepper2 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:56

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 19:56
Thankyou for your replies.

Slowone can you provide a reference or date where your info from the australian was published ?
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Follow Up By: wizzer73 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 23:05

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 23:05
feb 18 2014

the australian

google is your friend

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Reply By: Top End Az - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:20

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:20
Im with Optus. Missus is with Telstra. When out on the road, the missus with Telstra always comes back into range with messages etc before Optus. Even trying to book BungleBungles online at location Telstra had 2 bars, Optus was struggling to maintain 1 bar. Telstra are more expensive but if you need the coverage then they are the best option. However we noticed on the he aeast Coast that both carriers were good. We are in NT.
That is our experience
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:21

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:21
Sorry. East Coast
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Reply By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:25

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:25
Rule of thumb, if you come across a reasonable size town like maybe Hay, then you'll probably get Telstra. It would be touch and go if you got Vodafail or Optus especially if the town isn't on a major interstate route. Telstra often have mobile hotspots around their emergency phones. For instance, McCullochs rest area between Cobar and Willcannia has full signal for around 2 kilometres of the emergency phone. You've got Buckleys of getting Optus there. I drove from Dubbo through Broken Hill then cut through the Flinders to Alice Springs on Vodafone and only got signal in Dubbo, Broken Hill and Alice. I tried to call home in BH but the call kept failing :-) I've swapped to Telstra and I'm much happier now. There are still lots of blank spots when you get out past 20kms or so from the towns. I don't know any towns that have Optus and no Telstra. There are a few towns with both where you can be in a dead spot for either due to hills etc.
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:44

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 20:44
A simple google of "telstra coverage maps" gives the following link. It is zoomable and you can see where you are. You can select data or voice and other parameters to suit your situation.
BUT, they are a bit optimistic about coverage beyond the major traffic corridors.

link is http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/coverage-networks/our-coverage/
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Follow Up By: pepper2 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:08

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:08
You are right and I have looked at the same maps but as you can see from the replies OPINIONS vary widely. I am trying to see if there is a reliable estimation of coverage area as I want to have an informed /accurate discussion with telstra.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:23

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:23
An informed/accurate discussion with Telstra?

I'd like to listen in on that!

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Follow Up By: philip t jones - Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:57

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 21:57
Has any one ever achieved that
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 00:15

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 00:15
I can't understand the accents anymore, so discussions aren't possible.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 06:20

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 06:20
Pepper the Telstra coverage is the best available, the others are of little value in rural Australia if you are not happy with Telstra you might have to look at a sat phone
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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:46

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:46
Alby

It is not just rural Australia, i live only 50km outside perth and the only coverage is Telstra, the others aren't even interested in providing a service as it is not worth their while.

Alan

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:54

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:54
Alan 50k from Perth, that is the bush mate hahaha.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:11

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:11
Alan

In my reply I did say rural, regional and REMOTE.

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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:16

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:16
Rocco

I am not disagreeing, just pointing out that the lack of coverage by others is not just evident in rural, regional and Remote, but also becomes evident just out side suburbia. Telstra does have best coverage.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 19:56

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 19:56
I'm in the hills,the same distance Alan,no coverage for the others.

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Reply By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 08:59

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 08:59
If your making a decision on who is better then Telstra wins hands down, if you think one of the other carriers is better and Telstra is lying I suggest trying one of the other carriers so you can find out first hand..... Vodafone comes to mind as a starting point

It's very well documented who is the better carrier.

Don't expect mobile coverage in all populated areas as blackspot are common.

Can I ask why it is so important that you have correct figures?

Maybe a sat phone is more beneficial to you..... but don't expect a sat phone to work
everywhere.

As for 99.5% of the NSW population...... it's probably right and if you read what they mean by population it would give you a better understanding.

Most companies will not lie about their claims as they can be prosecuted by the ACCC and ridiculed by other similar businesses for misleading the public.

In NSW....67% live in Sydney, 7% live in Newcastle and 4% live in Wollongong and another 6% live in 13 of the states largish regional areas..... leaving only 11% of people living in the rest of New South Wales to bring it up to Telstra's claim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosss - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:49

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 09:49
It also has a lot to do with what phone you have, I have first hand experience with this, all the new fancy I-phones and a lot of the other so called smart phones won't work in some places where a basic years old Nokia will. Proved it many times.
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Follow Up By: pepper2 - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:53

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:53
Thankyou for your reply , In answer to you see my advice above , I am trying to gather some facts re phone coverage areas in order to have a reasonable discussion with a telstra official.
I am aware that telstra has widest coverage.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 09:32

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 09:32
I don't know what you want to have a discussion with a Telsta Official for but usually when someone want information its to give them grief and try and prove an uneducated point to them.

If it's not related to giving them grief or something to do with a gripe you have with them there is no point in a discussion with them..... as you have two choices use them or don't use them and suffer.

End of the day you don't have much of a choice with carriers.



QUOTE"Thankyou for your reply , In answer to you see my advice above"

Mate there has been 28 responses and only three very short undetailed uninformative ones form you...... what advice above have you given?

Am I missing something?
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Reply By: Emerging I.T. - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:32

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:32
Whilst you could argue over Telstra's quotes all you want you can't argue over who provides better coverage. To me if you travel outback on land and sea Telstra is the only viable solution. Infrastructure over the years has them a long way ahead.
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Reply By: mbw650 - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 22:35

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 22:35
Obviously our town is part of the other .5% that Telstra don't cover, my wife's Telstra phone doesn't work but my Optus gets 5 bars.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 09:44

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 09:44
There are some towns who limit the number of carriers and towers in the council area and it is first in best dressed that wins.....

Whether is for "monetary value" whereby they get bigger kickbacks or "don't want towers destroying our landscape".Maybe the council funded the installation of the tower and Optus were the cheapest carrier to get in town, most towns with no coverage offer little incentive for development and area growth.

Some carrier put towers in for private interests like mining making it non profitable for another carrier to come in.

Woomera is a classic example, small population but attractive to overseas funding and use.... the commonwealth gov funded Telstra to put a tower in.
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