Mobile phone coverage

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 06:22
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Hi, I have a friend planing a trip to Perth (straight accross the Eyre) and is wondering what / where mobile coverage is avialable (nullarbor leg)? I've done it several times but never owned a mobile and cant even remember if there were emergency phones along the way? Thanks all.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:46

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:46
Not sure if this helps?
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:48

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 07:48
check on your mobile phone provides website..eg Telstra or Optus but for a trip like that you might want to hire a sat phone or get a HF radio

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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:24

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:24
Satphone or HF for Eyre highway? Don't bother. It may be outback - but it is not isolated. Always traffic going thru.
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Reply By: Ray Bates - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:11

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:11
Works at Ceduna, Border Village and Eucla and then a Norseman. Dead the rest of the way
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:46

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:46
Unless of course you are with Optus (like me) - then if you get any reception at all youll be lucky - unless they have got there act together (doubt it).

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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:21

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:21
Telstra CDMA will have the most coverage in that area, GSM will only work in the larger towns
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Reply By: Snowy 3.0iTD - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:31

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:31
Mudness

Having done this trip over a dozen times here it is travelling west:

GSM: Port Augusta, occasional coverage between Port Augusta and Ceduna, after Ceduna nothing until you get to Norseman, then nothing until Kalgoorlie, then patchy until about 100ks out of Perth.

CDMA. Virutally uniterupted (a few blackspots) between Port Augusta and Ceduna, coverage for about another 100ks west of Ceduna. There is coverage around Eucla/Border Village, then nothing until Norseman. Between Norseman and Kalgoorlie will be patchy, and coverage for most of the way between Kalgoorlie and Perth. Fitting a external areial unless it is a giant one, will only give you coverage for another 10-20ks past the edge of handheld coverage, so of limited value.

For this if I am assuming you are with Telstra, if you are with Optus or Vodafone, then grab some tin cans and a piece of string.

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Snowy
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Reply By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:26

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:26
I think the others have answered your question well enough. There are also some emergeny phones along the highway - I've got their details somewhere - I'll see if I can find them for you.

Jeff
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