Here’s how to find out where Telstra is fixing mobile blackspots
Telstra has unveiled a tool that shows you where it is working on fixing mobile blackspots across Australia.
There is nothing more irritating than reaching for your mobile to find that you can't get a connection, whether it's data, text or voice services that you require. That's been the impetus behind the Federal Government's mobile blackspot programme which provided funds to mobile network providers to ensure wider coverage for those living in areas with little or no mobile coverage.
Because it's a government plan, the raw data underlying those plans has been available for a while now, but that can be hard to interpret. Telstra created a simple address-based tool so you can check for mobile blackspot build progress, showing commencement and conclusion dates, as well as supported technologies. (If you're not clear on what the difference between 3G and 4G is, check out our guide.)
That's not just a useful tool for those living in or near mobile blackspots, but also potentially if you've got a road trip coming up and want to check for mobile coverage beyond the usual coverage maps provided by your telco, which, as always, are generally only indicative rather than specific.
You can access Telstra's mobile blackspot checking tool here.