Optus 3G

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 12:44
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Not sure if this is old info or what, but I was just chatting to one of the Optus fellas changing their system over to 3G in northern NSW.
I didn't think to ask him about the details. Pity, as I use an Optus phone as my mobile.
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Reply By: chisel - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 13:45

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 13:45
Could be Optus' 900MHz 3G rollout. Alternative to Telstra's 850MHz NextG network ... but Optus will only be about half the physical coverage I think. Still 98% of population eventually.

If you have an Optus phone it will either be GSM or 2100MHz 3G .... probably would need a new phone to work on 900MHz 3G.
Hopefully future phones will work on both 850 and 900MHz so consumers can change networks without needing a new phone.
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 13:48

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 13:48
Now there's an idea, but do you think that optues or telstra would be that considerate ?
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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:01

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:01
The big problem is a lot of these country communities will only allow one tower to be erected in their area.....have a guess who got in first!

So even if Optus built a system to rival Telstra the coverage would more then likely be not as good.



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Follow Up By: MartyB - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:36

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:36
Actually in a lot of rural communities the telcos share towers. Plenty of Telstra towers with Optus aerials on it and some Optus towers with Telstra aerials.
from Marty.
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Reply By: Member - Jason - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:35

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:35
We have Optus & Telstra wireless BBand cards. Telstra is way quicker however the Optus package leaves Telstra's for dead.
Cheers
Jason
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Follow Up By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:28

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:28
Jason
I guess by package you mean cost/downloads. But how is the Optus coverage?

tessa
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Follow Up By: Member - Jason - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 07:20

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 07:20
Hi Tessa.
Our BBand package with Optus is $50/month with 6gb of download. We are On-Line Business Success Mentors & we teach people from around the world which means we are online most of the day & we still cant get near the 6 gb.
The coverage is not as good as telstra (about 10% less) but the best deal I could get from telstra was $110 for 3gb.
Having both connections is a bonus but if i had to choose one it would be optus because I can be connected all day every day for $50/month (so long as I dont go silly with downloads).

Cheers
Jason
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Follow Up By: Paul Grabonski. Vic - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 11:06

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 11:06
compare the coverage maps Optus and Telstra. Telstra on broadband wirless internet covers 80% more than Optus.
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