by Anne Murdoch
My husband and I are planning a trip from Adelaide to Alice Springs via the Oodnadatta track and possibly on to Darwin.
We have mobile phones with Vodafone will we get coverage on this route or do we need a satellite phone?
We plan to go early October, we are new to this vast country and want to explore while we are still fit.
Thank you, we enjoy your site it has been so helpful.
thank you for your kind words, I am glad you find the Outback Guide helpful.
I quickly checked the Vodafone coverage checker
, there is no coverage in the tiny towns along the Oodnadatta Track
You also won't have much coverage between towns and roadhouses on the Stuart Highway. There is reception in Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.
I don't understand the difference between Vodafone's 2G and 3G network. They say on the website one needs compatible device for the 3G areas, but does it help in the Outback? Perhaps someone in a Vodafone shop can give you more information.
We usually rent a satellite phone for peace of mind if something happens. However, to stay in touch with family and friends satphone calls are quite expensive.
Have a wonderful and safe trip. Don't forget to check the Outback Roads South Australia
, Ph: 1300 361 033
and the long-term weather forecasts. It has been rather wet recently.
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