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Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

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Ottawa, Canada
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Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

Hi

I will be visiting my relatives in Mandurah in 2012. I will bring my unlocked Canadian Blackberry Bold and need to know which company I would be better to get a SIM card from. I expect that for most of my trip i'll be in Perth or Mandurah and surrounding areas and plan to visit the east coast also. I will be going to Bali as well, but i'm not sure if it would be worth taking my BB with me.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

cheers

stephen

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1. Re: Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

Telstra gives best coverage.

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2. Re: Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

Is your Blackberry a UMTS 850 one? (e.g. does it work on Rogers 3G network in Canada?) If so, pick up a Telstra pre-paid for the widest coverage generally. While I haven't been in Mandurah for a couple of years, when I was there my Telstra 3G/UMTS phone worked fine.

Generally all three network operators (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) have similar coverage in metropolitan areas - you will only notice the difference generally once you get out into the regional areas. The difference may be price and international call access/charging. I haven't used pre-paid phones in Australia so am not familiar with the restrictions there (if there are in fact any). A good forum (if you dig a little) on Australian telecommunications is whirlpool.net.au if you do want to learn more, or you can look up one of the carriers direct pre-paid offerings from the links here:

For details on the Telstra product try here: http://tinyurl.com/23czs3e

Optus' prepaid SIM pack details are here: http://tinyurl.com/3jbtctg

Vodafone's prepaid SIM packs are here: http://tinyurl.com/3frvojx

There are also a large number of virtual network operators in Australia piggybacking on one of the three carriers. Most of these are on Optus or Vodafone's network however.

Be aware that the cellular bands in Australia are a little different to North America. We have GSM/EDGE 900/1800 (everyone) and UMTS/HSPA 850/2100 (Telstra & Vodafone) or UMTS/HSPA 900 & 2100 (Optus/Vodafone) (depending which carrier you go with). It would be wise to check your handset's capabilities - although if it matches what I can see on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Bold) then you should be fine.

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3. Re: Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

Agree that once out of the main city centers, telstra is probably your best option. Don't use it in Bali as you will be charged global roaming fees. Cheap pre paid SIM cards are available in most large supermarkets and convenience stores

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4. Re: Sim card for use in Mandurah and elsewhere

Wow, thanks for all the info. I have the 9700 which can be used on UMTS 850 by the looks of it.

I won't be using it in Bali, just more local and while i'm in Australia. I do want to travel around a bit when i'm there and Telstra does seem to be the company that comes up the most.

Thanks for the info

stephen

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