Western Australia has very little coverage compared with its size, but this is understandable. At over 2.5 million square kilometres, WA is just short of being half of all of Australia, while only about 10 percent of Australians live there.
Mobile coverage is a tricky business. A single tower can only cover a certain area around it, and the signal is weaker the further it travels from the source. Covering WA with mobile reception as we know it today would be an enormous undertaking, and is unlikely to ever happen.
But if you live in Perth, and the surrounding regions, you should find you can take your pick of the mobile networks. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer good coverage.
If your work takes you to the northern part of the state, you'll probably need to consider a Telstra service.
Coverage in WA at a glance
What stands out
- Pretty good coverage given the sheer size of WA.
- Telstra does a pretty good job of reaching remote communities.
What could be improved
- Optus has comparatively low coverage compared with the east coast of Australia.
- Very little competition means more people paying a premium for Telstra services.
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.
Coverage in specific locations
If you'd like to see mobile phone coverage in an area of Western Australia 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 WA
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.