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Topic: GSM Shield Options in Australia when 2G network dissapears? (Read 1 time) previous topic - next topic


I've been looking at the FONA 808 sheilds (http://www.adafruit.com/products/2636), but Telstra are meant to be closing down the 2G network in Australia by the end of next year, 2016. My project will be monitoring in a reasonably remote location where I am not sure if any other providers will get good enough reception, hence why looking at Telstra currently.

So I am not super keen to invest in the FONA 808 shields as my limited understanding and admittedly being very new to Arduino. Would indicate these will stop functioning if on the Telstra network after next year? ( http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2014/07/23/its-time-to-say-goodbye-old-friend/ )

The issue for me is that the 3G shields don't seem quite as well supported just yet (http://www.adafruit.com/products/2687). It also doesn't have the same Integrated GPS which would be very handy for my future project.

What are other people doing or using to send messages and or Internet traffic from there Arduino currently?


a Noob


Just re-read the 3g gsm shield page and I stand corrected it does come with GPS in built.


Is anyone out there using the 3g GSM shield for uploading data to the Internet? Temboo seem to have a couple of very nice Libraries for this purpose to upload to Google Drive etc.



Just wondering if you have any updates on this and the work around now ?



I've used many of the TinySine 3G (SIM5320x) shields in a custom application.
Great for GSM, SMS, GPS and GPRS data.
The only issue is choosing the right version (thanks to ACMA and the telcos)
The E version is best used with Optus and Vodafone networks, while the A version fits best in Telstra topology.
There is some overlap, but the above fits most applications.
Ask the right question, which can be hard for beginners, but this doesn't mean that google is broken.
Experienced responders have a nose for laziness, (they were beginners once)... expecting the poster to contribute to the learning experience.

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