If you're thinking of moving to Telstra or Vodafone and bringing your own mobile phone, or you're a Telstra or Vodafone customer looking at buying a new phone from somewhere else, it's more important than ever to ensure your smartphone works on the 850MHz frequency. If your mobile only works on 2100MHz, you won't be able to do much more than call and text.
Telstra has created a "Blue Tick" program to indicate phones with superior reception performance on its NextG network (what Telstra calls its 3G network).
We found that although all the Blue Tick mobile phones performed well in the outback, several mobiles without the Blue Tick performed just as well including a couple of premium smartphones as well as a talk and text cheapie.
To find out if your phone will work on the Telstra (or Vodafone) 850MHz frequency, visit Telstra's website. You'll need your mobile's unique 15-digit IMEI number, which you can find by entering *#06# into its keypad.