Hi everyone. Could someone tell me if it's possible to get a complete list of mobile phones that have been given the "Top pick for our regional coverage" badge, both now and in the past. I'm wanting to buy a used phone, probably iPhone but not absolutely sure yet. My wife and I often travel in regional areas. While we do have both Optus and Telstra mobiles, our preference is to use our Optus account where possible as it is more economical for our needs.
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In 2016 when that testing and tagging started the list was:
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy S5
LG Stylus DAB+
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Microsoft Lumia 650
Microsoft Lumia 640
Samsung J1 mini
Huawei Y3 11
Thanks for your quick reply. I'd already seen the info from back then, but wondered if there was any new info since. Also, is there a way to do a search for current handsets with the badge, instead of going through all the different handsets on offer?
I have not been able to find any recent devices - I think it was repalced by the "Optus Coverage Commitment" https://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/network
Going back a few years - not every phone bad support for Band 28 aka 700Mhz, all the ones Optus sells now have it.
Thanks for the links to information. I would just like to check if I am understanding the info correctly.
I've noticed that the last iPhone to receive the Optus "Top Pick for our Regional Coverage" badge is the 6s Plus. So am I to assume that all the iPhone models since then have been tested and haven't measured up to the standard? I would prefer to stick with what I know, (iPhone) and as regional coverage is important to me, it doesn't leave me with a lot of choice.
I've also noticed that apart from the iPhone 6s Plus, all the remaining badges are assigned to Samsung phones, and not one is assigned to any other brand or model on offer. So am I to assume that they have all been tested and measured to a certain standard, and that only the models with the badge have met that standard?
I would very much appreciate any information regarding how the testing is conducted, who does the testing, and if all the phones on offer have been tested.
Thanks for all the helful advice so far. Looking forward to upgrading my phone, as my old 4s is slow as a wet week now. Just want to make an informed decision. May need to switch to a Top Pick Android?
Great questions! That does seem odd that they are just all Androids post the iPhone 6S Plus.
I have asked our Networks guys and when I receive their response I'll get back to you 🙂
Any news back from the Network Guys yet. My old phone is not coping very well these days and I need to replace it. I would prefer to do that post enlightenment on those matters. A short time ago I sent a more lengthy reply, but I think there was a glitch that sent it into another technical abyss. So perhaps short and sweet is better.
Hi there Ross,
Surprisingly, no news. Let me chase them up again. Apologies for the delay.
Turns out the person who was getting back to me with the answer no longer works here.
I asked somebody else and they advised they'll be getting back to me with a detailed response however in the meantime the iPhone XS is the Top Pick for Regional out of the current crop of iPhones available.