Phone Coverage

gav

New Member
Hey all, does anyone know what Optus' coverage is like out in the Wandin area? Or Telstra, for that matter?

Well we certainly found out at the 4wd show today that Optus just couldn't cut it at Wandin. Telstra worked brilliantly though :D:D
 

Patriot

Administrator
Yeah, the Optus card was a bit disappointing. :( Not sure whether it was a hardware issue or just poor coverage. We took the sim out of the wireless modem and it seemed to work a bit better in a phone, but was quite temperamental. Will find out more details tomorrow.

We are going out next weekend to Bunyip State Forest and will try to take both cards out to see how we go.

James
 

jgcertified

New Member
I didn't have an awful amount of problems with the Optus one int he phone, bar bluetooth dropping out once.. I just don't think that the Optus hardware device is sensitive enough to pick up the signals, even though the software telling me "SIM/USIM Invalid / Not Found" was.. Not ideal
 

BUSHNUT

Well-Known Member
Was out at Wandin on the weekend, Telstra new generation , not a problem, clear as a bell and others in the party had normal Telstra GSM, again no problem.

When you go bush Telstra is the only one , pity that they are pricks to deal with.

Something that Telstra dont like to tell you is that you can take your New generation simcard out of of your normal digital phone whenyou get beyond normal reception range for it and providing it is not a CDMA based satelite phone like the global star set up, but like the Iridium setup, you can put your new generation simcard into that satphone and hey presto you have a new whole ball game, same reception and transmission as a specified Satphone account as long as you have the simcard set up with global roaming , which only takes a phone call to telstra to do- bushnut
 
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steve80

Member
Was out out the Wandin 4by show the weekend and mines optus and was ok spoke to the misses no probs from there.
 

BUSHNUT

Well-Known Member
No to make it work back on the New generation system , you have to put the sim card back into your new generation phone ./
 

jgcertified

New Member
That could pose a problem for a.. Particular project. Patriot, we should probaby get some really good coverage maps.. maybe add that information into the tracks view
 

Patriot

Administrator
We are heading out to Bunyip this weekend and will take both the Optus card and Telstra 3G phone and see how they compare. It will be interesting to see how it goes.
 

Patriot

Administrator
Our very non scientific test consisted of the Telstra 3G sim and Optus mobile broadband card. We weren't able to get any signal from it :(. Telstra wasn't too bad. In the lower areas there wasn't any coverage, but for a fair amount of the tracks we had good coverage with broadband speeds.

We will return the Optus card and continue testing with Telstra so see just how much coverage there is out in the bush.

James
 

tektrek

Banned
Hey all, does anyone know what Optus' coverage is like out in the Wandin area? Or Telstra, for that matter?

While I was exhibiting at Wandin I was making and answering calls at full signal strength my Nokia 6120 running on the Next G Telstra network. It also ran like a charm around Yackandandah, Beechworth, Eldorado, Lerdergerg 4X4 tracks.

I have yet to see where it will drop out but so far so very very good.
 

Patriot

Administrator
Hey tektrek,

We had the same result out in Wandin. Optus were trying to tell us how good the coverage was, but it just wasn't any good in Wandin. The week after we found the same in Bunyip State Forest.
 

jgcertified

New Member
I was out at Howlong (NSW) on the weekend, and there was no Telstra signal up there. No mobiles worked where we were (About 3k out)
 

Patriot

Administrator
Hey Guyjin,

Thats cool. It spoke to our Telstra rep a couple of weeks ago and they said they knew a study had been done, but they thought that the results weren't going to be released. Interesting reading.

Cheers,

James
 

centaur

Member
Recently found out that a 3G/NextG phone isn't necessarily up to scratch in the bush.

Guyjin, I would have to agree with that in part. I spent easter weekend out and about near the Thompson Dam (Merringtons Campsite/tracks), and found reception to be dodgy.:confused: At the dam wall, it was great, and on the peaks it was ok, but at the camp site, and on most of the tracks, nil recpetion.:cool: Yet just driving around the area, not doing tracks, and in other country areas, reception is usually OK.

That link made for some interesting reading, thanks for that. Gives us all another option to improve communications.
 

Tats

New Member
Has anyone had this problem with Telstra? I've had a mobile phone for 18 months of a 24 month plan and the charger has stopped working. It appears there maybe something loose inside the phone itself (it is Telstra brand phone). The local Telstra shop has advised me that nothing can be done to fix it and I'll just have to buy another phone, BUT I MUST CONTINUE TO PAY OUT THE CONTRACT on the existing phone! Surely this is wrong! Surely a phone with reasonable wear and tear should be able to, at least, work efficiently for the length of the contract or be repaired or replaced? Does anyone know?

Tats
 
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