01-02-2010, 08:58 AM
| | Re: 3G, Telstra, and Nokia 6233/6234
On 2 Jan 2010 06:14:12 GMT, John Henderson <jhenRemoveThis@talk21.com>
>fly on the wall wrote:
>> Being a bit confused by the differences between 3G and Hellstra's
>> NextG, I'm having difficulty determining whether a Nokia 6233/6234
>> (which is listed as GSM/3G) can connect to NextG, or only 3G, and
>> whose 3G at that.
>> Anyone have the full story (in less than 100 words)?
Well, close enough.
>"NextG" is Telstra's brand name for its 100% owned 3G service.
>NextG operates on the 850 MHz 3G/UMTS band. If the phone
>supports that band, and it's either unlocked or locked to
>Telstra, then it will work.
>Telstra is also part owner of the 3GIS/3Telstra 3G network which
>operates on the 2100 MHz UMTS band. This network has no coverage
>outside major capital cities (plus the Gold Coast). Most 3G
>phones support that band, and a NextG SIM will be able to use it,
>assuming locking allows it to. But it's not the NextG network.
>I'm not sure about the Nokia 6233 or 6234 models, but often the
>model number of phone doesn't tell you what bands it supports
>because manufacturers release different sub-models for different
>markets, or for different network operators. So a phone sold by
>Optus might support a different 3G/UMTS band from a phone with
>the same model number sold by Telstra.
>Best to look at the documentation which comes with the phone.
The User Manual doesn't list the specs. To the extent that it is the
same here as offered elsewhere, the specs list 3x GSM bands plus
The 6234 is - in Oz at least - the Voda version of the 6233. The
handset in question is an unlocked ex-VF 6234. The VF site doesn't
reveal anything specific, probably because it isn't a current model.
So it sounds like I'm stuck with non-NextG 3G networks, with all their
Thanks for the heads-up.