If you're looking to live in a state with great mobile phone coverage, then NSW is the place to be.
Not that this will come as much of a surprise. With nearly one-third of Australia's population living in one of Australia's geographically smallest states, it's no wonder the mobile networks operators have covered so much of NSW with mobile towers.
That said, there are still large parts of regional NSW that lack a strong mobile phone signal, thanks to most of the state's population gathering along the coastline.
Coverage in NSW at a glance
What stands out
- Telstra coverage in regional NSW
- Strong cover from all networks along the densely populated coastline
What could be improved
- Low competition in western NSW
- Spotty coverage along the Barrier Hwy
It's important to note that this state-level view gives a good overview of coverage across the state, but you need to zoom in much closer to get a better understanding of how the available coverage might affect you. Click here to run an address search and see what the coverage is like where you need it.
The maps confirm that Telstra has the best geographic spread of coverage in the state, with Optus is second place. However, all three networks offer strong coverage in the most densely populous parts of the state.
Coverage in specific locations
If you'd like to see coverage in an area of NSW/ACT near you, click on one of the links below.
Or, if you'd like to search for your address, follow this link to begin a search.
Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in NSW
Did you know that there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service? These companies are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, MVNOs for short. MVNOs purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers.
Getting the Best Plan & Coverage
WhistleOut's new coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. All you have to do is punch in your address and we do the rest. This feature is the first of its kind, and empowers consumers to make better decisions when it comes to wireless. If you need help figuring out how to use it, the GIF below should help:
In addition to showing you a map of your area with the coverage from all the major carriers, we filter through the available mobile phone plans and present only those from carriers who provide good reception to you.