Optus reception

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 20, 2002 at 00:00
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For those of us silly enough to think Optus mobiles will work outside of large cities you can actually get reception about 2 -3 kms north of Adels Grove (Lawn Hill) where you can get line of sight with the tower on the ridge at the Pasminco Century Mine site.
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Reply By: Bob - Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00
I found that while travelling my Optus GSM phone rarely worked, while others with Telstra were getting signal in most country towns. I changed over and haven't looked back. They may have increased coverage in the last few years, but I suspect not. I am not usually a fan of the bigger player, but I think in this instance they really do provide a more comprehensive service.
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Follow Up By: Trev - Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jul 22, 2002 at 00:00
Bob - this is why is was so surprised. Can't wait for my contract to run out. Trev
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Follow Up By: Maree - Wednesday, Jul 24, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2002 at 00:00
Sorry but I can't agree with that. My husband and I just lugged our mobiles (his is Telstra and mine is Optus) all over in land NSW and South Australia. Neither worked most of the time. I thought that was good by the way because we were on a camping holiday. We didn't miss the mobile phones, the TVs, the microwave ones, the videos etc etc.
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Follow Up By: Maree - Friday, Jul 26, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jul 26, 2002 at 00:00
You had your partner with you. If you hadn't you may have needed to be contactable re family/business etc. Luxury to get away without such worries but the reality for most of us is that getting away at all is pretty hard - being incommunicado just makes it impossible.
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Reply By: mudguts - Wednesday, Jul 24, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2002 at 00:00
Optus mobile phone inland are about as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike We could get reception only in major towns alond
Stuart Hwy Port Aug, Coober Pedy, Alice, Katherine,
then Kununurra, Derby, Broome, Hedland, Karratha, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalbarri on west coast -
almost everywhere else a carrier pigeon was the go but our friends Telstra setup worked everywhere within a few ks of the regular
service station stops

No worries along major east coast highways but elsewhere near useless

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Reply By: StephenF - Saturday, Jul 27, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Jul 27, 2002 at 00:00
Telstra CDMA is the way to go for travellers - it seems as if they are putting up towers in every one-horse town. See http://www.telstra.com.au/mobilenet/network/tsii_main.htm
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Follow Up By: Will - Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002 at 00:00
StephenF is right on the money,
I have just done 10500 k's through central Oz. Sydney ,Adelaide,Uluru,The Alice,mataranka,3Ways,Isa,through Qld.
My wifes optus mobile was a waste of time, my telstra CDMA would get a signal at all major towns and some small stops.
Regardless, the mobile should only be used as a convenience item only.
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