If you live in a regional area, or travel regularly to the bush, keep a look out for phones with the newTop Pick for our Regional Coverage badge. It will give you our best voice and data reception in regional areas.
We do extensive network testing in regional areas for both voice and data – like signal strength and how far your coverage extends. Only phones that pass these tests earn this badge.
What does the badge mean for you?
If you live in a regional area then getting a phone that can go the extra distance could be for you - especially if you’re not close to our nearest tower.
How much difference does it make?
You’ll get our best coverage experience, based on the service available in your regional area.
Phones with the Top Pick for our Regional Coverage badge may get a stronger signal or a more reliable connection in areas with limited mobile coverage (indoors or outdoors) compared to other phones that do not have this badge.
Remember, coverage availability and quality will vary. It depends on your location, local conditions and terrain, the distance from our mobile tower and the number of people using the network.
What phones have earned the badge?
We’ve got a great range of postpaid and prepaid phones that have earned the Top pick for our Regional Coverage badge, including:
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Huawei Mate20 Pro
iPhone 6s Plus
Optus X Vista
Make sure you keep an eye out for updates as we’re testing new phones all the time.
Why do some phones provide better coverage?
Several factors can impact your network coverage including the phone design features, such as the built-in internal antenna, material casing and even phone size (or form factor). This means some phones offer extended coverage and can connect to our network from further away or at greater distances from the nearest mobile tower.
Chosen a device without the badge?
Don’t worry – you can still expect a great experience. We only stock devices that work great on our network.
Does the new rating apply to BYO phones?
No – the rating only applies to phones purchased from Optus. We only test phones that are stocked by Optus.