Vodafone reception

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Hi all

Thinking of changing to Vodafone prepaid for my mobile.

They have a new deal which is much better than my current Telstra one.

Wondering what people's experiences are with outback travel with Vodafone.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:05

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:05
telstra has a lot better reception
but verything is a compromise
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Reply By: Jonty - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:07

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:07
Hi,
Telstra is the only company that will give you coverage in the outback.
You must have a blue tick sim card for good coverage.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:28

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:28
The Blue Tick applies to the phone aerial, not the SIM.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:13

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:13
Good luck with making a call once you leave the city limits.

Telstra has the biggest coverage by far.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:30

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:30
Have a look at putting a Boost SIM in the phone. I believe Boost is a Telstra company and you shouldn't suffer any capacity disadvantages. The data is much cheaper. I can't speak from experience but it's on my to-do list.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:45

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:45
Agree with Sigmund. I have a friend who uses Boost. In outback areas he has the same coverage as we do on Telstra.

OP could also look at Southern Phone. They use the Telstra network and have cheaper plans and data.

With Vodaphone in the bush, you might as well not have a phone.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:04

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:04
I travel in rural and outback areas quite a bit

Don't bother with Southern if you plan to travel outside capital cities. It has severely restricted mobile coverage, even though they use the Telstra network..Eg, when Jen had a Southern mobile sim, they didn't even have coverage in their home town on the South Coast NSW!

I use both Optus and Telstra. Telstra has the edge in really outback locations but it is still patchy.. Optus is my main service provider, with a Telstra phone and tablet having a 12 month ($70 - now $45) plan

But in rural Australia, there are plenty of examples where I get a good Optus signal and no Telstra. And plenty of areas where you would think Telstra would be good but no service. Eg, talk to people out from Kerang.

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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 16:42

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 16:42
Do you need an unlocked phone or tablet to use Boost?

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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:48

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Hello

I have no first hand experience but my friends who do a lot of field work use to call it Jokafone. Telstra is undoubtedly best option if overall coverage is what you are chasing. Not sure about "boost" - others seems to recommend - would check if coverage the same.

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Reply By: Gazza11 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:02

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:02
Vodafone doesn't even work ay Gundaroo, 30 Km out of Canberra so no chance in the outback!

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 13:42

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 13:42
I drove Sydney to Broome via Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Alice Springs, Darwin and only had any reception in the very largest of towns on Vodafone. I even tried to make a call in Broken Hill but it wouldn't go through. I changed to Telstra as soon as I returned, it was a waste of electricity keeping the phone charged.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 14:14

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 14:14
Hi Peter

As you can see from the above replies, Telstra is the only way to go.

We live in country South Australia and there is great coverage with Telstra throughout the mid north, but hopeless with other service providers.

Another great thing with Telstra, is you can make a phone call from on top of Big Red, more than 30 kilometres from Birdsville. One time after crossing the Simpson, we sat up there and made lots of calls to friends. One chap walked up to us and asked if we were actually using our phone, and said yes. He then asked what phone we had, as he said he could not get any phone signal at all. I then asked who was his service provider, and he said Virgin, to which I replied there is your problem, as the only mobile phone service in Birdsville was Telstra.


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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:00

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:00
Gday Stephen
I made calls from BigRed as well with my I phone 4 good stuff Darling had been ringing me for four days .
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:05

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:05
Hi Muzbry

Yes there is no escaping the modern world out at Big Red any more.



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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:44

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:44
Hi,
I think that some one has previously mentioned (Stephen L?) that some mining operations have Telstra towers near their operations that they use.
You can get reception in some odd places.
I stand to be corrected, as it is a distance memory.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:06

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And sometimes they have a local Optus network
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:52

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:52
Yeah - Tropicana Gold mine out in Great Vic Desert has Optus.

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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 16:48

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HI Muzbry. But do you get Telstra coverage at the top of Mount Blue Rag?

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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 19:37

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 19:37
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:37

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:37
Maybe a pain in the but Telstra is the only way to go. Also very handy for using phone as a hot spot to connect PC/Tab to internet.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:49

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 19:49
And if you climb to the top of Mt Augustus in WA you even get Telstra reception.
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Reply By: Member - Noah273 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 20:08

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 20:08
Hi Peter, as you no doubt can see Telstra comes highly recommended. Be wary of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) who only share some of the Telstra network infrastructure but not the superior 4GX network. Spend some time looking at Telstra coverage maps which of course aren't gospel but will give you an idea of the superior coverage that only they can provide.

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Reply By: wilco318 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 20:35

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 20:35
First up I am a long term Vodafone customer, BUT I would never rely on them for outback use. I use a prepaid Telstra phone for that. But back to Vodafone, they have no coverage north of Port Augusta until either Yulara or Alice, after that the next coverage is Tennant Creek or Mt Isa. Those Four yes Four place are all that Vodafone has coverage in. All the rest there is Zip, Nil, nought, Nothing.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 06:51

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 06:51
Vodafone has excellent reception up to and including 2.3 kms from every Capital City's CBD. If you travel within those areas you should be fine.

If you venture out further than that expect nothing. Great for navigating to a coffee shop for cappuccinos, and checking out the latest news on the Greens candidate in your city electorate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:55

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 14:55
I forgot to say. use Boost. That has identical coverage to Telstra for half the price. Actually it is Telstra, same as buying a Jetstar ticket and being on a Qantas plane. Same same.
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Reply By: Bob a3 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:48

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:48
hi Bravo, I have vodaphone prepay, and am in the west, was hopeless,I was in a goldfields town,leonora, about 9 hours ? from perth, I couldn't even send a text never mind a phone call. Also my wife recently got a coles prepay ,which is optus 3 and 4g Also pretty hopeless, was in Cue about 650 kms from perth, no network, and didn/t get signal till about just over 2 hours ,just north of New Norcia.seems that if you haven't got Telstra, no good. My vodaphone prepay no network either. We have been in the goldfields in the past, and at night on a Telstra one, all messages used to come in, and if on a hill somewhere could even make a call if a signal wasn't too far away. Hope that helps. Bob
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Reply By: Bravo Man - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 16:55

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 16:55
Thanks for all your comments.

I think I will stay with Telstra until after our next trip away ending mid Oct.

Then I might change to Vodafone as the deal is to good to miss for my circumstance.

Thanks all again.....Peter
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 21:22

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 21:22
I did a deal like that, unlimited calls and big data but I found it useless if the speed and coverage weren't available. I've been on all 3 networks at one stage or another. I'd pay double for Telstra.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Jun 01, 2017 at 08:26

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Agreed, Vodafone is cheap cause you can't make calls half the time.

My wife had Vodafone, it was hopeless, calls dropped out 70% plus, no overage, and people couldn't reach us. It was a vodafone supplied Iphone. We complained it was so bad that we were losing business. We are only 10km from Melbourne's CBD and their coverage map showed full coverage in every direction from our home.

After 2 weeks, we got a call from Vodafone. It was a laugh.

"Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, we have called you so many times and your phone was off"

NO, there was no reception, the bloody phone is on all day every day. THAT is the problem.

"Oh, I see" Try resetting your phone. etc etc etc.. Hopeless even though they saw the issue first hand.

We got out of the contract 2 days after calling the ombudsman.
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