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  1. CHOOSING AN AUSTRALIAN MOBILE NETWORK Australia has always been a little behind when it comes to mobile phone networks especially where data allowances come in to it. Purchasing a reasonable priced plan, with good data allowance and network coverage is a nightmare. Firstly, what you need to know is that there are only three telecoms companies who own/operate the mobile towers infrastructure - Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone. No matter which provider you choose your network will be provided by one of these. Tip: A good site for searching what mobile coverage you have in your area is: https://oztowers.com.au/ At the time of writing there are 30 mobile phone carriers: Telstra Network Telstra Woolworths Aldi Boost Southern Phone Telechoice Cmobile Optus Network Optus Virgin Yomojo Jeenee Amaysim Ovo Vaya Coles Dodo Spintel IINet Bendigo Exetel Vodaphone Network Vodaphone Lebaraya TPG Kogan Gotalk Think Hello Mobile Looking at the list above you are probably wondering where to start. If you are going to travel away from the cities then you need to look at Telstra or Optus networks with Telstra being the winner when it comes to network coverage. To be honest there are not enough Vodaphone towers for you to even consider them unless you live, work and play in one of the main cities. Fetching a phone from overseas? If you're thinking or fetching a phone from overseas, below are the main frequencies that each carrier uses. (N.B. 2G is in the process of being phased out) Now you have an idea of what network provider to choose you need to consider whether you want a prepaid or contract phone. Prepaid/PAYG When you first touch down in Australia you are best picking up a SIM card from places like Woolworths, Coles, Servos, Newsagents or Post Offices. These can be purchased for $2 and will give you an Australian contact number to help you sort out Jobs, rentals, Medicare etc. Remember to get your mobile phone unlocked before you arrive in Australia if you are leaving your phone behind you can purchase a pre paid one for around $60. When you have purchased your sim you will then get to choose what plan you go on. These are called BYO Plans (bring your own) or Pre Paid Plans. Remember to check if data allowance is included and how much. Also some providers do a rollover so as long as you keep paying them a monthly top Up fee your unused minutes and data will be carried over to the next month. What do I need to get a Prepaid Sim? When you purchase a prepaid sim they will ask for Identification, usually a passport or driving license. Postpaid or Contract Most mobile phone contracts in Australia are for a 2 year period so you need to check that the coverage is right for you before signing any legal documents. An example cost would be: IPhone 7 32gig on Virgin mobile $62 per month gives you $300 calls and 500mb data $81 per month gives you $300 calls and 6 gig data In comparison for the same phone Telstra is currently $91 per month gives you $550 calls and 1 gig data. As you can see Telstra are one of the most expensive on their plans but shop around because each provider often changes their deals on a regular basis. Tip: A good comparison site for comparing mobile contracts is: https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones What do I need to get a mobile contract? The first thing they will ask is if you can meet the 100 point check, so you are going to need some ID like an Australian Driving License or a Medicare Card as well as a bank card. They will also ask if you are employed and how much you earn. Now I've known cases where people have managed to get a contract without this information or may say they are self employed and they will ask how much you currently earn. They do not ask for wage slips. Once the ID is provided they will make a call to see if you have a bad credit rating. Again I have not personally known anyone fail who has been a new arrival.
  2. Who is the best and a second best mobile network provider in Brisbane? Not in CBD where reception is not a problem, but say 12 km east from it? I am currently with Virgin and you can just about send texts, can't hear when talking on mobile and as far as the mobile broadband goes - forget it. Is Telstra the only reliable network? Do they have packages with landline and mobile combined?
  3. kissofthegypsy

    IPhone and 3 coverage problem

    Hi everyone Is anyone else on the 3 network in australia and having troubles with their Iphone, calls dropping out, cant send messages, etc. Cheers Sean :arghh:
  4. We will be moving to Peregian Springs in 2 weeks and my wife will be working at Nambour, What is the best mobile coverage in the area? We did take out Vodafone contracts on Tuesday but have managed to cancel the contracts as the coverage was shocking! So any advice would be greatly appreciated. JOHN
  5. Hi, I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere that you could only get Telstra reception on Pacific Pines - can anyone confirm this? I will probably get a bundle with homephone, internet, foxtel etc but want decent mobile reception!
  6. Guest

    World Cup 2010 coverage in Oz

    Hi hope someone can help but can anyone tell me what sort of coverage to expect on Free to Air TV as well as Cable for the World Cup next year? I'm moving to Oz in May so as well as catching the end of the EPL season I would love to watch England in the World Cup. I know a few pubs show games i.e The Pig and Whistle but may struggle to get there for certain games due to the timings so will be hopefully watching from the comfort of my living room. In England ALL World Cup games are shown live across 2 channels during the 3 week period can I expect something similar in Oz? Any help would be great so I know what to expect next year. Thanks again David
  7. Hello we currently live in Adelaide in a suburb that is notorious for very bad broadband coverage. We can only get wireless and this is still shockingly slow with phones cutting out on a regular basis. What I want to know is, do you get decent adsl coverage or is it hit and miss like it is here. I hope not as it drives us mad here. :realmad: This is just one of the things that sums adelaide up because the government don't want to put money into making coverage more widely available. It is pretty stupid here as some houses can get it and others can't.:arghh: Thank you.
  8. aharcall

    Coverage of Medicare

    There doesnt seem to be a forum for Healthcare queries so I thought i would put this questions on the finance page. My eldest son (14) has a cleft lip and palate and i was wondering wether anyone knew if Medicare would cover the costs of operations and orthodontic work connected with this. I noticed on the Medicare website a Cleft lip and palate scheme but it didnt seem to say what was covered. He is at the stage where he may only need a couple more operations but they would be quite big ones and obviously we need to consider the financial implications of this. We have been granted permanent residency as a skilled independent and we are hoping to move to Queensland in 2009. Any help or points in the right direction would be gratefully received. Thanks Ally
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