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Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 18:33
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Have Amaysim and had very few probs but now on our way yo WA and pretty sure I won't get phone and internet coverage . Has anyone else travelled oz with Amaysim and if not is the big T the only way to go. I don't want a 2 year plan it would just be temporary while in WA and inland if needed.
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Reply By: Rob J8 - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:09

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:09
Telstra is the best if you are going to travel outside of the capital cities anywhere in Australia Rob J
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:13

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:13
Telstra.
First , second and third and Optus Forth . Don't waste your money on anyone else once you head bush.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:33

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:33
Telstra is the go
An option also is to maintain your cheaper carrier plan and divert the phone to a Telstra prepaid
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:45

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 19:45
What Alby said........get a Telstra prepaid sim for while you're travelling.

I buggered the charging socket in my phone and bought another as a spare. A Telstra T96 for a mere $49!!! Not a smart phone, but I don't use one.......at the moment. You could use a prepaid sim in it, and keep your normal phone for when, and if, you get service

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Reply By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 20:33

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 20:33
Aldi Mobile same deal as Amaysim no flagfall and from memory 12c a min. $15 for 365 days or until you run out. Runs on Telstra 3G Network.

Do not know about their monthly plans or data. But to me should be the same/better than Amaysim and on 3G Telstra.

Can do the setup over the Net.

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Follow Up By: brian j11 - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 21:15

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 21:15
I think you will find Amaysim runs on the Optus 3g network.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 21:34

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 21:34
I live less than 5 k from an Optus tower and cannot get any worthwhile reception from an Amaysim.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 22:44

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 22:44
Yes, Amaysim uses the Optus network, which has added cover in recent years in Western Australia in key places. Expect coverage in most towns near the coast, not all towns out in the wheatbelt, and only main towns once you get north of Geraldton.

As said, Telstra is the only way to go for travelling. If you need connection daily, satellite phone and/or internet is your only option if doing a lap or travelling through the centre.

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 23:45

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 23:45
Caveat Emptor. There's a bit missing there, Peter.

There are numerous MVNO's reselling Telstra network, with a big "BUT". Full Telstra network coverage is available ONLY from Telstra themselves or Boost Mobile. Every other reseller will say "uses part of the Telstra network" and the key word is PART. Aldi is just one of those.

Have a look at the coverage map from the Telstra site, and - as an example - in outbackish Qld there is coverage at Normanton/Karumba/Croydon/Georgetown etc which does NOT appear on the coverage maps shown on those "part" reselllers. The part is THE SAME for all of those.

This isn't a pick-on-anyone exercise, but it points out what Telstra wholesale do. They offer a "budget" deal for resellers giving part access, or a full fare deal which only Boost have opted to use.

If you want the best coverage you need the full Telstra network available to you. Depending on your circumstances will determine whether pre-paid or post-paid is the best for you. Considerations are standing/recurrent cost, data needs etc. Pre-paid avoids a long-term contract, while post-paid can give a better deal if you are a volume user (most of us here aren't) and the SIM can be used in certain satphones as mentioned in other threads on that topic.

Just my 2.2c worth.
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(I use an Optus reseller myself, but have Telstra pre-paid SIMs waiting to be activated for our next trip).
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:44

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:44
Zippy,

Agree, I use Boost which can't be faulted on the Cape, out to Isa and south to Mackay, I also have a Telstra Samsung blue tick flip phone prepaid, for travel, but anywhere Telstra works, Boost work, so the flip phone is relegated to the glove box.

Many have said Boost does not used the whole of the Telstra network. correct they do not have 4G. I would suggest that they compare the 3G coverage map for Boost to other carriers, including Telstra. @ $40 all calls Australia wide land line and mobile plus 2.5 gig of data it's a bargain.
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Follow Up By: Garry E1 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:37

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:37
I agree with Zippy. I use only Boost.
Boost use the Telstra network & I also use a Samsung Telstra prepaid blue tick phone.

For $40 unlimited talk n text plus 2.5 gig data you cannot go wrong.

At least now I don't get the shocking bills Telstra use to send me
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Follow Up By: Garry E1 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:39

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:39
I for got to mention you can apply to keep your existing phone number with Boost as well
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:54

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 17:54
Boost runs on their 3G not the later 4G network
I don't know if that matters a lot?
I think 4G is only in the larger cities
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Reply By: Boobook2 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 06:55

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 06:55
We all know that Telstra is by far the best network for remote areas. ( almost double anyone else's area coverage). But it is expensive.

Telstra do wholesale to other providers but restrict the number of towers and coverage to be similar to that of Optus. Aldi is an example of this and has only 98.5% coverage.

There is one and only one provider that is cheap and has identical coverage to Telstra Next G. That is Boost Mobile. Absolutely wherever you can get Next G reception on Telstra, you can get reception on Boost.

The reason Telstra did this is because Telstra 100% own Boost. Think Qantas / Jetstar. Note it does not work on 4g but who cares. They don't even try to hide it now. If you call boost, the operator says 'Telstra, can I help you'. It even calls the voice mail Telstra.

It is $40 per month for unlimited calls and text, and 1.5G of data. About half that of Telstra.

I changed over a month or so back and yep same network.



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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:45

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:45
Not sure the big T is that exxy. The Simplicity prepaid call plan is 15 c per minute and no connection costs. 700 meg of data for $20 and that usually does me for a couple of weeks of checking road conditions, emailing and making bookings.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 12:08

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 12:08
BB2, Telstra do not "100% own" Boost.

A fair bit of history and summary can be found at http://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/boost_mobile

Note the part: "For the record, Boost is dealing directly with Telstra, which is why Boost enjoys full access to Telstra's 3G network. SIM sales, recharges and Customer Service are all handled by Telstra. As Boost is dealing directly with Telstra, customers are only subject to the Telstra FairPlay Policy."

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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 12:22

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 12:22
Zippo. I can tell you that Telstra purchased about 50% when they changed fro Optus and more recently increased their ownership.

Regardless of what a forum may tell you!!!
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:51

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:51
Hi mate

The Boost $40 unlimited is 3gig of data till march and then cuts back to 2.5gig..

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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 19:48

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 19:48
Thanks Swaggie, Hey I thought it was only 1.5G Even better.
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Reply By: Greg_513 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:46

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:46
We use Telstra prepaid and Telstra prepaid Wi Fi (you can sometimes pick up one of these from Dick Smith, Jb Hi Fi , KMart, Coles and other similar stores on special). On our recent trip across the top and down the west coast we had coverage most of the time.
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Reply By: River Swaggie - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:53

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 11:53
I use Boost, works on the Telstra 3g network.. Find it picks up on most Ridgelines in The High Country..


Goodluck.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 18:52

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 18:52
We went from Telstra at $50 a month to Telechoice for same calls/data at $20 a month. For two phones we're saving $60 a month and unlimited calls to some of our kids who are also on Telechoice.
Telechoice also use parts of the Telstra 3G network - we've had no problems with it. For us it has worked fine in country areas but looks it misses some of the very remote areas. Check their coverage map.
We also have a satphone so won't be without communications when out of range.
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