Mobile Phone Network Coverage
When choosing from the mobile phone deals on offer, the most important aspect, even before price, is network coverage. The most up to date phone available is useless if where you want to use it there is no network coverage from your chosen provider.
Even if there is coverage from your network then if it’s not a strong signal then you may find that your data speeds are slow and your battery life will be shortened as your phone searches for and then connects to more distant mobile masts.
Australia Mobile Networks
There are three mobile networks in Australi that operate their own networks, these are Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, they are known as licenced network operators.
You can use our mobile coverage checker to find out the coverage by postcode for each network operator. Simply pop in your postcode and we can tell you what the signal strength should be for each operator at a glance.
Our checker breaks down the signal strength into the following categories:
2G - For basic phone calls and text message functionality
3G - For faster data services
4G - For even faster data services.
5G - For the fastest data services currently available.
Before you commit to a network
We recommend you check your mobile coverage for all the places you will regularly need to use your phone such as home, work, school, college etc. Ask friends and family what networks they use and if they are up to scratch.
If you are unsure you can always get a Pay as you go (PAYG) sim card and try it in an old unlocked mobile phone and see what kind of coverage you get with it in the areas that are important to you.