@samarium thanks for your input
samarium wrote:maybe you are just too far away from the nearest optus mobile tower?
It's semi rural across the valley but towers are close by
samarium wrote:You could just be a high contention area with too many other people trying to use the Optus Mobile service.
I think the only local pointing aerials concentrate on the roads for the passing through customers, bad publicity = black holes
samarium wrote:Have you tried another phone maybe it has better reception?
This phone is set to accept lower connections if the good one fails = WCDMA(preferred)/GSM
samarium wrote:Have you tried locking down the phone from 3G/HSPA to 3G/UTMS or even to 2G/GPRS? This should give you a more stable connection, but slower. You might be able to do this via the settings menu, or you might be able to do this using the dialer and entering *#*#info#*#*, or it may be some sequence that is Sony specific.
Breaking this into two; The type of connection I need to use the device for, is Video download and the Lynda.com
learning site is not a light (YouTube) connection
& I don't know any of these "Sony settings" however the connection here has been bad tending ugly on all three(3) of my previous Optus connected devices
samarium wrote:Might be cheaper to migrate to a higher data quota Cable plan than buy a booster, even if it is available thru Exetel?
If there was some way I could get the "Cable"
through Exetel I would seriously consider it. The NBN is not even planned for this area and with *The Abbot Internet* now in charge, even less
likely before 2020
Or maybe, as a poor student
, you need to learn to budget your Cable internet usage to preserve quota for what you deem to be essential?
That would be good but when you are doing an IT course and you need to download O/S to practice with it and you get Failed to download and need to repeat the process,,,But your absolutely correct the student in me wants to get that 1500Mb that I pay for every month in my Z15 plan and don't use