There are three major carriers in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone/Hutchison Australia – and they operate on a variety of 2G and 3G networks. So you may choose the right handset for your network (or the right network for your handset), here are the details of the mobile networks operating in Australia.

We’ve included links to carriers’ coverage maps where available.

Telstra

  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 850 MHz (Next G network)
  • 4G: 1800 MHz
  • Coverage maps

Optus

  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz (Open Network, primarily non-metro areas) / 2100 (primarily metro areas)
  • 4G: 1800 MHz
  • Coverage maps

Vodafone

  • 2G: 900/1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz (only in some regional areas) / 2100 (primarily metro areas)
  • 4G: In build, will be available in 2013.
  • Note, Vodafone are rolling out some 850 MHz coverage in some metro areas
  • Coverage maps

VHA (also known as 3)

  • 2G: Not operated. They share airtime with Vodafone and Telstra for 2G.
  • 3G: 850 MHz (Roaming on Next G network in some areas) / 2100 (some roaming onto Vodafone’s 2100MHz)
  • At the time of writing, we are unsure whether 3 customers can access Vodafone’s 900 MHz 3G network
  • Coverage maps