Mobile phones in regional areas

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  1. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Thinking of getting a "smart phone". Anybody got the mail on the service reception in rural areas from the various providers? Got a next G telstra thingie at the moment & wondering how the other networks stack up when in the boonies. Keep it simple. I'm a diesel mechanic ok!!!!

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  2. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    Telstra only out this way :deal
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  3. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Labelled Extremist

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    Wot he said :up
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  4. Colonial Mick

    Colonial Mick Nettle Licker

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  5. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    Yep, once you get away from major cities/centres the only "real" coverage is Telstra. Optus may have more than any of the other telcos but still not as widespread as Telstra.
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  6. JohnG.

    JohnG. Long timer

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    Yup,Telstra...hate theres no real competition here...
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  7. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    When I was with Vodafone and I rode to Sydney, I lost coverage after Charters Towers, went through Winton, Longreach Barcaldine, Blackall Charliville Cunnamulla and Bourke without coverage, and only got coverage again when I hit Forbes and Parks.

    Next G worked in all those areas though (I think).

    Nothing at Birdsville though.
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  8. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    Telstra next g works at Birdsville... relativley new tower I believe. Was there in May and it worked well on my IPhone 4.
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  9. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    I like my smart phone Motorola Defy. I can make it work, I haven't broken it or drowned it yet! The lady at the Telstra shop told me the farmers like it, so I thought that was what I needed.
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  10. ECKS-Man

    ECKS-Man Been here awhile

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    Same, works a treat and excellent reception in marginal areas. Telstra next g is the only option other than a satphone, sadly.
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  11. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    Unfortunately i think Telstra Next G is the only game in town or out of town in this case. I had full service almost from home to Birdsville (which had full service)and service through the first part of the Simpson Desert from Birdsville. Myself and Digga were sitting up the top of some sand dunes off the Old ghan between Finke and Alice taking in the surroundings when i heard my phone going off in my tank bag with messages. Digga is with Vodanoservice and he drops out in town:lol3.
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  12. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Vodafail, steer clear. I've got a prepaid, so I can't get my money back, the ONLY reason I still have it is 'cos when my mates ring and have to leave a voicemail, their network rings me until it gets delivered, I'm not spending my own credit.

    To that end, I just got a dual-sim phone today, and will get a Telstra (:puke2) sim for the other slot so I can ring folks up when I need it, instead of leaving stone patterns in the dirt hoping Google Earth will photograph it 'cos it's more reliable than vodafail.
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  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Interested. I`ve got the original Telstra F165, which was known as the country phone, or farmers` phone when it came out; had it for years, but am interested in getting into something more modern. There`s so much out there, it`s difficult to decide.
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  14. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    My Vodashit didn't do much work after I left Cairns to go to the tip and then across to Darwin. I bought a pre-paid Telstra jobbie up on the Cape.... but have just switched the main mobile to Optus. Apart from that pre-paid phone, I haven't used Telstra since '98.... but when it comes to mobiles, they are it in remote areas. I've got a satphone too... but they have their own problems
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  15. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    I Have HTC desire with Next G and its as good as any I Next G or CDMA phone I have had in Gunnedah!

    alot of folks have Iphones - Im not a fan, but they get good reception

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    I played with the Samsung galaxy2 the other day :raabia:raabia:raabia It has the WIFI's and the bigger GB's
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  16. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    It is not just a case of using a Telstra Next-G sim.
    You also need a phone that has 850mhz 3G

    Most phones have 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 mhz GSM (2G)
    And either 900 and 2100 mhz 3G or 850 and 2100 mhz 3G
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  17. daewoo

    daewoo nothing better to do

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    You can read this whole thread;

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=597755

    or this very insightful post by an incredibly intelligent, and undoubtably handsome inmate...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13409569&postcount=46

    or you can just believe this summary...

    For anywhere outside of a major city, you want Telstra NextG, which is their brand name for their 850MHz UMTS (3G) network.

    Telstra has another 3G network at 2100MHz UMTS, which is shite, because at the time they agreed to share it with Hutchison... Sol realised that they were spending their money to help Hutch (aka 3), and were contractually obligated to do that whilever they had 2100UMTS, so they built the NextG network...

    Anything else is a compromise...

    On the handset side... the handset must be capable of UMTS (aka WCDMA) 850MHz... if the handset can do that, you can plug in a Telstra NextG SIM and you are working...

    Cheers,
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  18. Morro

    Morro like a ship in the night

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    Telstra NextG is it but make sure the phone is one that has the telstra "Blue Tick". I think there is now a smart phone that is blue tick rated. The "Blue Tick" is supposed to be for the phones for use in marginal reception areas.

    Morro
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  19. GTinAus

    GTinAus nutsplitter

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    General rule of thumb...if all you can see is buildings, GSM or 3G.

    If all you can see is sheep, Next G.

    The Motorola Defy is OK. Well I guess, if it can fall out of my top pocket, whilst digging my f@#k%n ute out of a bog, in the pouring rain last Wed, then going back on thursday, and digging through the mud, to find the phone still working, it is OK (but it still doesnt work where there is no signal....hence the reason I was digging....fa#@k*ng rain...long grass and washed out rabbit burrows)
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  20. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    That would be "Nuxt G" Graeme eh...? as you would most likely be in kNew Zullend...? :wink:
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