3 mobile increase 3G access to cover 96% of the Australian population

3 Mobile has today increased customer access to 3G services to areas covering 96% of the Australian population, plus reduced roaming rates, giving customers with compatible 3G devices high speed access in its new 3G Roaming Zone.

Expanded 3G coverage zones

3 has introduced a new 3G Roaming Zone covering areas outside of 3’s current Broadband Zone, meaning customers will be able to enjoy more of the stuff that they love to do on their mobile. Keeping in touch with Facebook, Myspace and Twitter updates, blogging, watching mobile TV, gaming, googling and downloading via Planet 3 on the Mobile or Mobile Broadband on the go is now possible in more areas than ever before.

Aside from expanded 3G access, customers can now also enjoy lower roaming rates at 50c per MB when they take up any postpaid X-Series Mobile Internet Pack or postpaid mobile broadband offer.

You’ll know you’re roaming when the ‘R’ Roaming, ‘EDGE” or ‘GPRS’ symbol appears on your screen. If you have an Email pack, roaming is already included.

MEGA mobiles and modems

To make the most of 3’s expanded 3G coverage, look out for our new MEGA mobiles and modems. With these, customers will also be able to get high speed access even when they are out of town. Current MEGA mobiles in our range that are 3G roaming capable include:

The Huawei E160 is the first MEGA Modem available on 3 and is available now. It will be free to Mobile Broadband customers signing up for $29, $39 or $49 cap plans over a 24 month contract, or $149 upfront.