Vodafone 3G Now Covers 94% Of Australia

Having already expanded its 3G network once this year, Vodafone has completed a second upgrade which it claims makes its data network available to 94% of the Australian population.

That figure still puts Vodafone behind Telstra's Next G for sheer coverage mass, but — as we've often commented when examining 3G data services — its pricing is much more reasonable. As part of the upgrade, Vodafone's existing 2G services have largely been upgraded to the EDGE standard, so they should also get a minor performance boost. (In a celebratory deal, Vodafone is also offering free phone access to Facebook for all phone customers until the end of October.)

You can check for coverage in a specific area on the Vodafone coverage map, but we've reproduced the list of main areas from Vodafone's announcement below for quick checking (since it doesn't appear with the map itself).

Areas now with Vodafone 3G network coverage include:

NSW: Sydney and surrounds, North Coast (from Newcastle to Evans Head), the Hunter Valley Region, Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, Kiama, Central North (including Tenterfield, Moree), Northern Rivers (including Lismore and Grafton), Northern Tablelands (including Armidale, Glen Innes and Inverell), the Blue Mountains, west to Orange, Bathurst and Parkes, Albury, the South West (around Goulburn and Yass), Snowy Mountains (including Comma and Perisher Valley), Central South (including Wagga Wagga, Yass and Young), Far South Coast (stretching from Sussex Inlet to Eden), Wollongong, Bowral, Nowra and Broken Hill

Victoria: Melbourne and surrounds, Geelong, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, South Coast (around Colac, Lorne and Apollo Bay), Gippsland (around Sale, Traralgon and Stratford), Central West (around the Grampians, Horsham, Stawell and Nhill), West (around Warrnambool and Portland) and Central (around Shepparton, Seymour, Bendigo, Wodonga) and Bendigo

Queensland: Brisbane and surrounds, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, from Noosa to Gladstone, Caboolture, Ipswich, Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Toowoomba, along the coast from Mackay to Cairns (including Rockhampton, Emerald) and Central Queensland (around Roma and Mt Isa)

Western Australia: Perth and surrounds, including Mandurah, south including Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Albany and Esperance, east including Narrogin, Northam, Merredin and Kalgoorlie, north including Geraldton and West End, Kalbarri, Carnarvon, Karratha, Dampier, Port Hedland, Broome (including Cable Beach) and Kununurra.

South Australia: Adelaide and surrounds, the Barossa Valley, along the coast (from Mt Gambier to Victor Harbor), around the Spencer Gulf (including Whyalla), the Riverland (from Berri to Mildura) and the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula (including Port Lincoln)

Tasmania: Hobart and surrounds, Launceston, Wynyard, Devonport, Ulverstone, Exeter, Ross, Burnie and Deloraine

Northern Territory: Darwin and surrounds, Alice Springs, Uluru, Katherine and Jabiru

Australian Capital Territory: Canberra and surrounds


    Who polices the accuracy of these 94% claims?

      94% of the people in Australia, not 94% of Australia.
      There is a huge difference.. and they should be more careful with the headline of this article.
      From memory something like 90% of the australian population in in the cities.. so this number is not going to be hard to generate

      If, for one second, of one normal day, you have reception from a carrier - that's classed as coverage. External antenna and a non-capacitive coupling of course!

    A little misleading title, as covering '94% Of Australia' and '94% of the Australian population' is significantly different!

    94% of the population is NOT 94% of Australia!

    Please change the misleading title.

    In Canberra, have 3G pretty much everywhere. Terrible reception in my apartment though but I assume that's just the building.

    Curiously I think my area is upgraded to Edge... but often see i'm connected via GPRS only though. The "E" symbol comes up perhaps once a month.

      Still no decent coverage - get gsm and 3/5 bars if im lucky. On the train into brisbane voda drops out constantly.

      give me my telstra mobile back anyday!

    Nice to see improvements but I think it's a little bit of a strtch they are covering "94% of Australia". I think it should read 94% of population. :-)


    I was on the Brisbane-Gold Coast train and half way I can't even get any signal. LOL.

    I'm sitting here in Chancellor Park (sunshine coast QLD)staring at the GPRS symbol...

    sitting in albany wa eagerly awaiting the upgrade... Still nothing... The fella at customer care said it might be a few more days... Why the big media release when there is nothing to accompany it?

    Well, it's now Oct 4 and i'm still waiting for 3g mobile broadband to activate in Portland Victoria as i'm now on the unlimited iPhone plan :) with 2gig tethered internet access... which i still cant use...

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