mobile phone coverage - cnr country, Ood Track,

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Just wondering if there's any mobile phone coverage in Tibooburra or any towns on the Oodnadatta Track? Thanks.
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 18:51

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 18:51
Hi there. You've got to be joking!
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:05

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:05
we had good signal with our next g mobile and aerial at tibooburra... when coming back from innaminka last year , our phone started to beep with messages at warrigate ( think 70 k's from tibooburra ) and we were able to get 2 bars on ph. and return our calls. Don't know about oodna tk. as didn't have next g when doing that trip several yrs ago
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Reply By: tim_c - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:34

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:34
Oodnadatta Track? Only if your antenna's good enough to reach Port Augusta in the south or Alice Springs in the north!

Short answer: NO! Not even at Oodnadatta - they've yet to discover asphalt.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:09

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:09
I got my email near Lyndhurst the other day and have got it at Marla last year.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:27

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:27
Ok, must have extended the coverage since I was there a few years back. Or, like the Kimberley, it depends whose network you're using - Vodafone had coverage in most towns in the Kimberley but Optus only had Broome & Kununurra
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:33
Tim, not sure why you would bother with those. Telstra have had coverage there for years.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:36

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:36
John, I know Telstra coverage is way ahead (esp. in marginal areas), but you also pay for it! For most of my use (around Sydney, Canberra, Thredbo) the Optus network is fine, and using it via VirginMobile costs between $5-15/mth (depending how much I use it). I expect it would cost me a lot more to go Telstra for the "once every year or two" outback adventure!
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 13:47

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 13:47
Every thing in life you have to pay more for a better product or service and telco's are no different.



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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 19:49

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 19:49
Totally agree olcoolone, but sometimes I figure it's not worth paying the extra when I consider the extra benefit I'll get. When it comes to spanners, etc. it's definitely worth paying for good ones tho'! :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 14:04

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 14:04
"Telstra coverage is way ahead (esp. in marginal areas), but you also pay for it! "

- yep, all of $69 for a Samsung A411 NextG Prepaid from Australia Post. So much coverage for so little money.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:41

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:41
The only safe way on getting out in ANY Remote location is Satellite Phone or the good old HF Radio. Leave your mobile phones in the Big Smoke. The only place out there where a Telstra NextG phone will work is Marla, at the end of the Oodnadatta Track.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:07

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:07
Sorry, I should have mentioned what we have heard, about 3 years back at William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track and one reason why I personally prefer HF Radio over Satellite Phone. We were heading into the Simpson when just after 8am a call came out over the HF Radio for any travellers on the Oodnadatta track to keep and eye out for a certain standard vehicle, towing a caravan that was last seen three days previously at William Creek, and was well overdue at their next intended destination. Concerned family members had contacted the Police, who in turn contacted the VKS737 HF Radio Network to put the call out for assistance in tracking down the lost couple. After all, the more eyes looking, the better the response. In less than 30 minutes, a call came back over the HF to say the people had been found, safe and well, but bogged. All that they carries was a mobile phone, thinking that they could get phone coverage anywhere in Australia.

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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:03

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:03
Thankfully mobile phone service has yet to reach many outback towns. Another good reason to go there ;-)
Cheers Craig...........
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:26

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 21:26
Agree! On my first big trip, my office tried to call me a few times with questions but I was out of range!
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Reply By: Outbackogre - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:14

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:14
Thanks everyone. I remember speaking to some people on a trip through western and central Qld a couple of years ago and I was amazed at the places they were getting coverage.
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Reply By: anglepole - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 09:24

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 09:24
Hi Outbackogre,

This may be stating the obvious, but take a look on the Internet and check out your Telco's coverage charts for mobile phones. They are usually fairly accurate.

I have HF radio and that usually works a treat in such places (just out of town any way)

I was at the Oodnadatta races a month ago and did not hear any mobile phones ringing.
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Reply By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 23:08

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 23:08
Had great coverage with Telstra at Tibooburra back in March this year, were staying at Milparinka and drove into Tibooburra each week to check emails etc. Nothing at Oodnadatta though, so used Satelite.
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Reply By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 23:09

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 23:09
Had great coverage with Telstra at Tibooburra back in March this year, were staying at Milparinka and drove into Tibooburra each week to check emails etc. Nothing at Oodnadatta though, so used Satelite.
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