I’m not one to blindly believe corporate propaganda, but Telstra’s latest promotion pointing out they have better mobile coverage certainly rings true for me and my (now almost due for an upgrade) GSM (2G) phone.
While I’m not much of a wireless data user like the people in the adverts, it’s pretty obvious just with voice calls that the network coverage for the various carriers varies wildly.
Witness M, who at her parents home in the country has to go with her Optus 2G phone out of the house to one of the sheds and sit as high as possible in a tractor to get a signal. Whereas I can get 2/6 bars, enough to easily make a call, sitting in a comfy chair in the house.
Witness the bloke on the train the other day, who tried to make a call at South Yarra when his iPhone cut out. I don’t know what network he was on, but given I know my phone works flawlessly at that precise spot, I can guess which one it wasn’t.
I know you’re not necessarily getting the cheapest network access and call rates on the big T. And maybe it varies according to where you regularly travel. And no network is perfect of course.
We all make our choice and pay our money.
For me, it’s worth a little extra dosh to use the network with the best coverage, to avoid all that tedious mucking about trying to get a signal and then having your calls drop out.