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Mobile Phone Blue Tick
 

When purchasing a mobile phone you need to ask yourself the following questions -

- What features best suit your needs ?  Basic or Smartphone ?  Smartphones offer many useful travel  features such as weather services, GPS navigation apps, 4WD maps, Compass etc., but most lack the ability to attach an external aerial.  If you intend to confine your travels to coastal or inland cities or close regional areas, a smartphone may suit your needs.

On the other hand, a basic mobile phone lacks the fancy features of the smartphone but can provide better phone signal range with the use of an external aerial. 

- Where do you plan to use it ?  City / Regional/Rural / Remote ?

The coverage you get on the mobile network will depend on your location, the model mobile telephone you are using and whether it has an external antenna.  So if you are travelling extensively in your RV or 4WD to regional and rural areas then a mobile telephone with a ‘blue tick’ symbol should be selected.  Telstra recommend these ‘blue tick’ handsets for ‘rural areas’ which they define as ‘Those areas outside metropolitan and regional areas, within the Next G™ network coverage area’

To maximise coverage and get the best reception Telstra recommend a car kit that enables connection to the antenna on the outside of your vehicle.  Take care in selecting a car kit as not all of them enable direct connection of the antenna to the mobile phone.  An alternative is to purchase a patch lead which can be connected to an external aerial on the vehicle but again not all handsets will accept a patch lead.

iPhone- Android or iPhone ?

This can be very confusing for some.  Sales people will often steer you in the direction of one or the other depending upon current promotions and commissions.  Talking to friends who own either or both can be a better gauge of which type of phone would best suit your needs.

 

The best of both worlds

Many travellers carry two phones.  The smartphone with all it's fancy features is useful around the City and some Regional/Rural areas where reception is available.  It also functions as a modem for other devices (ie. laptop / iPad) by creating a WiFi Hot Spot.  (You will need to confirm this feature is available on your selected smartphone and your laptop is WiFi enabled).  If you are only a light internet user, this is a great way to send and receive emails and briefly access information from the internet.  It is not the ideal option for heavy uses as having your phone double as your internet connection can be restrictive. 

A second Telstra 'blue tick' phone can be used for more rural/remote areas where internet is not available and signal strength is weaker due to less tower locations.  This 'basic' phone could provide you with the ability to use an external antenna for extended coverage.

To maximise coverage and get the best reception from your 'blue tick' phone, Telstra recommend a car kit that enables connection to the antenna on the outside of your vehicle.  Take care in selecting a car kit as not all of them enable direct connection of the antenna to the mobile phone.  An alternative is to purchase a patch lead which can be connected to an external aerial on the vehicle but again not all handsets will accept a patch lead.  Always carry a spare patch lead.  With regular use, patch leads are your "weak link in the chain" and can be very difficult to purchase on the road.

 

For more information for uses with your laptop computer see – Internet Cafés and Wireless Communication via Laptops

 

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