mobile phone coverage

What are your opinions on who has the best mobile phone coverage when going around australia.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:00

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:00
No contest, definately Telstra Next G.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:04

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:04
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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:04

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:04
x1. Been on the road for 13 months. Telstra is all you will get

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:11

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:11
Duplicated info in my post due to simultaneous replies.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:10

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:10
It depends on whether you need frequent contact or will be going into remote areas where you may have a medical emergency or breakdown. For this, a satellite phone on the Iridium network is really the only way to go. Otherwise Telstra Next G is the only coverage suitable. This will give you coverage in and around most towns and up to 20 or 30 kms around if the terrain is fairly flat, in some Aboriginal communities and large mine sites, and along much of the major highways in the coastal fringes. Better coverage around these areas can be obtained with an external antenna. Any other networks or Telstra GSM is only any good in major towns and cities.

Check out the Telstra coverage maps for Next G and drill in to see more detail of the areas you want to go. The rest is satellite cover only.

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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:45

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:45
I agree,on our recent trip we took our Optus mobiles, USELESS, we purchased a Telstra Next G on the second day of the trip, far better coverage.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:50

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:50
Optus is good for the Birdsville Races LOL


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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:49

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:49
Also add a decent external antenna for your Telstra Next G, you'll nearly double your range.
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:51

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:51
When you buy a Telstra Next G suitable phone you have to get one that accepts the external antenna.
Finding one that will take a external antenna is the hard part.
You don't have to pay big bucks for it either.
My $450 phone does not take an external antenna but my wifes $95 one from the post office shop does.
That means my wifes phone is not only $355 cheaper but it also gets better reception.
In the world of telephones $ does not = reception.
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Follow Up By: AnneMarie - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:53

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 20:53
Yep, agree with all of the above! Telstra has the monopoly on reception for mobiles!

We've just bought a second hand Nokia 6120, a Telstra NextG sim and will add an external antenna - hope to get coverage if and when we need it. :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark R (SA) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:01

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:01
If you're buying a new Telstra Next G phone, make sure you get one that has their "Blue Tick" for optimised rural area coverage. Also agree with Fatso that $ does not = reception, so choose carefully!
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:16

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:16
Fatso what was the make model of your wife's and how long ago did you get it.

I want to do that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:56

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 07:56
Nothing wrong with a 6120 Has better reception than some of the bluetick phones and certainly better than my Iphone.

HOWEVER Anne Marie you will need an inductive carkit as you cant plug an external aerial into a 6120.

Get one here www.ow.com.au Also an RFI multi band aerial is worthwhile

All up cost of about $175


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Follow Up By: AnneMarie - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 09:03

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 09:03
Hi Graham - yep, sure is! My husband bought the phone for less than $60 on ebay and he's already organising everything you mentioned. :)

In fact, he got all the info he needed from the forum here! Thanks ExplorOz!

Only about 10 days till we leave the Central Coast for a trip outback to NSW, SA and Lake Eyre South. Can't wait.

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Follow Up By: DesF - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 19:30

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 19:30
Hi, I had a 6120 for over 2 years and now have a 6720, even better reception , we dont have a external antenna, never seemed to need one .
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: the redbacks - Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 19:12

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 19:12
without a doubt telstra
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 23:11

Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 at 23:11
Telstra NextG... look for the blue tick.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:26

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:26
I have Virgin, and never again.

Absolutely hopeless, then all of a sudden at Windjana Gorge, & 5 km into the Bungle Bunugle, she fired up.

That mob are only interested in city and town coverage.

Next time Telstra
or better still, a duel sim card phone, so I can have the choice of 2 carriers.

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Follow Up By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:59

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:59
Gee, Bucky, I thought living in country Victoria, to never trust a Virgin's communication would have been general knowledge........
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Reply By: luckymum - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 16:25

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 16:25
I would love to have telstra mobiles but we are locked in with Optus until december. We have telstra internet for our upcoming trip thankfully.

We will be mainly sticking to the coast of Australia, we arent travelling anywhere too remote until our kids are a bit older. Does anyone know what the coverage with Optus is like around the coast or should I try and get out of our contract with Optus early?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:14

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:14
It can be flakey in strange places

Eg on Bribie Island my friends on Optus could see the tower but couldnt always get a signal on their internet, phones werent much better.
In the finish Optus released them from their contracts due to this.
I had Vodafone there as well and had similar problems.

Changed to Telstra and have no more trouble.

You will get Optus on the East Coast in most places but no where near as good as Telstra. Try and get out without penalty because of your travelling.

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Reply By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:11

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 17:11
At this moment I am sitting in the Troopy at Loyalty Beach on the top of Cape York connected to the internet via a Telstra NextG modem probably at Bamaga. And that's pretty remote!

The mobile phone showed only one bar connectivity until connected to my external antenna which gave 5 bars. Telsta NextG is the only way in country areas but it also depends on the phone and maybe an external antenna.

But don't expect connectivity in the middle of the Simpson Desert!
For that I also have a satellite phone.

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