I'm off to Aus for a few days at the end of the week and I'm struggling to work out how best to get 3G data on mobile devices.
I have two phone options, a Nokia 9121 which is WCDMA 2100/900 and an iPhone which is WCDMA 2100/850. I am a Vodafone NZ subscriber but would very much prefer to buy a local Aussie SIM and use that rather than pay for data roaming.
I will want to use both the Nokia and the iPhone. The Nokia is good for tethering to my laptop for 3G data on it, and the iPhone is good for the mapping while driving around. I'll be in Brisbane initially then driving down to Byron Bay so ideally looking for 2100 coverage as that will work with both phones and I can then SIM swap as needed.
From what I can tell, Optus is a good option with 2100 coverage where I'm going (their coverage map is great - it tells you if it's 2100 or 900 coverage). I think Telstra is all 850, so not much good with the Nokia for tethering to the laptop. Vodafone - do they piggyback with Optus - hard to tell from what I've seen and their website doesn't say what frequencies they use and where. As for 3 - I can't even get onto their website!
Can any of you knowledgeable people help with suggestions for which Aussie mobile company is the one I should go with?