Telstra gets all EDGEy

At the moment, if you want mobile data, you don’t have a lot of choice in Australia. You can go for Telstra’s EVDO/1xRTT service, which is quite good, but it’s difficult (if not impossible) to buy your own CDMA handset from, ooh, say, eBay and get it to work. If you want a GSM phone, you’re pretty much stuck with GPRS and its sod-awful 40kbps download speed.
But maybe not for long. Telstra are now trialling EDGE data – a (somewhat) high-speed variant of GPRS – in the Melbourne CBD. It pulls speeds from 80-300 kbps… so, not exactly broadband, but it’s better than GPRS’s dialup-ish speed.
To find the EDGE data zone, wander down to the Bourke Street Mall with your EDGE-enabled device of choice (I like HPs hw6900 series), and plunk yourself down anywhere between Elizabeth St. and Exhibition St. While you’re at it, you might want to make sure you’ve got an unlimited data plan, because 1 cent per kilobyte can get expensive, fast.
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3 Responses to Telstra gets all EDGEy

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d kill for 40kbps….. in a certain small country town.

  2. Josh says:

    What’re you complaining about? You’ve got CDMA coverage, so you can get 1x-RTT data – should give you 60-80 kbps anywhere you can pick up a CDMA signal.

  3. Totd says:

    Heh. I mock you with my 1Mb iBurst speeds. :)

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