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Cellular coverage

Postby Duck Lucker » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:25 am

Hi, what sort of coverage can we expect at the launch site area?
I've seen mentions on fb that Telstra is the best option, but for the interests of others reading this, I will repeat the query.

Can we get data out there? On say laptops or iPads etc
Will cellphones work or be even better at reception than the above.

And where is the nearest outlet for Telstra sim packs in Brisbane? Google only lists a few in the main centre and one North of airport

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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby martymonsta » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:00 pm

Telstra is your only option Optus will have no coverage how good it is at the launch site someone from QLD will have to answer. You can buy Testra sims just about everywhere. Supermarkets, servos, post offices. Telstra use to run on different frequencies to all other cariers in Australia so a telstra sim in a non telstra phone my not work, especially in rural areas.
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby cryoscum » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:46 pm

Telstra works fine out there, but 3G speeds are somewhat limited. Still good enough for email and web, but don't expect to stream live video, unless you have an additional antenna. I think Simon got 4Mb down speed with a yagi antenna...
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby Duck Lucker » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:20 am

Ok, thanks.

So I will check into the nearest servo to pick up a sim pack, I'm only worried about basic data so it's nice to email home.
My ph will roam is switches to Telstra anyway and it's never cost much for texting from Aus before.

My devices don't have an extended antenna port unless you have to bounce it off one of those cell repeaters/boosters for cars.

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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby OverTheTop » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:03 am

Does anyone know if there is Vodafone coverage at Westmar or Thuna?
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby jase » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:27 am

The 'big' three have good coverage maps;

http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones ... -coverage/

http://www.vodafone.com.au/aboutvodafon ... rk/checker

http://www.optus.com.au/network/mobile/coverage

...for example.

But yes, no substitute for real world data...

Just a suggestion, the event might be sufficiently large enough now to organize a COW...see: http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2013/07/ ... ay-drover/

They have been/are also used during conferences and events in remote areas...
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby SpaceManMat » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:38 am

Optus does not work out there. Last signal is just outside Dalby.
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby AlBychek » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:01 am

I may have missed this somewhere, but I'll ask here now.

Will there be WiFi setup on the field for those of us without any local phone/data plans to use? I would use it for Email and Skype or MagicJack. Not much of anything else, but I could stay in touch that way, without having to worry getting a phone for a week.

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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby CATO » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:23 pm

SpaceManMat wrote:Optus does not work out there. Last signal is just outside Dalby.
Agreed.
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby Sumo310 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:46 pm

I wouldn't depend on reliable internet coverage at the site, if you need to stay in touch grab a $2 or $30 Telstra prepaid sim and throw it in your phone when you need it. Major supermarkets such as Coles or Woolworths will sell them:

This is what you'd want:
https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phone ... tarter-kit
https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phone ... tarter-kit

Both are available from Coles:
https://www.coles.com.au/our-range/our- ... arter-pack

As we need to be contactable with the relevant AHJs throughout our launches, the only way to get a consistent phone signal without dropouts was to run a Yagi to my phone via an external antenna port - a side result was that I could get internet speeds upto 5mb/sec however there would have been next to no one on the network at that time. I'm unsure if higher demand from the Thunda crowd will drop the reliability of the phone/3G network?

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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby matthew » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:12 pm

These are the guys I bought my patch lead from for my Samsung S4. They have all the yagis etc for anyone looking for something a bit more hardcore. http://www.telcoantennas.com.au/
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby Duck Lucker » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:23 am

Thanks for that great info.
With those bits, I can make my ph a hotspot at the very least.
If I can get a basic email out/in I'll be happy.

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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby CATO » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:06 am

Just ported my iPhone over to Telstra :)
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Re: Cellular coverage

Postby cryoscum » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:59 am

Smart move, did the same some time ago. Have 3g most places on the property and happily use Google Maps with the satellite view to get around (i.e. figure out where the hell you are! You can actually get lost in a paddock)
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