back to article Smartphones drive Telstra mobile growth, Optus follows with 700k adds

Australia’s mobile market remains the key battleground for the country’s largest carriers, with both Telstra and Optus announcing growth in mobile subscriber numbers today. Announcing its results to the Australian Stock Exchange today, Telstra said it had added more than 900,000 new mobile customers in the first half of the 2011 …

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Where did they come from?

There are about 1/4 million new phone users per year based on getting old enough for a phone or immigration so that leaves about 1.3 million phone users that might have hung up on vodafone.

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"Telstra would migrate its customers to the NBN as the network rolls out"

This assumes of course that the NBN does, in fact, "roll out"

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Welcome aboard

Nice to see one of Australia's best tech journalists is now writing for El Reg.

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The trouble with Telstra imho,

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1) They cost a bit more than other carriers.

2) One may be forced to take them on, because of coverage reasons. If your work takes you miles outside of civilisation you may not have a hope in getting a 'bar' of signal, but there was any hope at all to be had, it would unfortunately have to be had on a telstra phone.

3) Try calling customer support (lol). I understand they need the work, but honestly, they could learn to speak English a little better (it is obviously important in this job), and if they could actually have half a cop on on how things actually work and could actually help us.

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However. I believe a few other mobile carriers down here share probem no 3. so.... Ah well...

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