Mobile phone crisis: Harcourts Rural owner Max Holder and agent Yve Stocks were unable to receive business calls yesterday.
Mobile phone crisis: Harcourts Rural owner Max Holder and agent Yve Stocks were unable to receive business calls yesterday.

Next G not very mobile

IT was an unusually quiet morning at Harcourts Rural and Max Holder wasn’t surprised to hear not long after 8am that the Telstra Next-G network was down.

“It was peaceful in the morning while it wasn’t ringing. It was obvious something was wrong with our mobiles not ringing as we usually get a lot of calls,” Mr Holder said.

As the Daily News went to print last night the problem with the Next G network and Wireless Broadband had still not been rectified after causing problems since 5.30am yesterday morning.

Telstra Countrywide’s Nigel Beaman said they had made changes to the networks to allow most mobiles to work through 2G and 3G networks yesterday afternoon.

It was a time of disruption around Warwick and for many business people, including Harcourts Rural team member Yve Stocks’, their day was interrupted as they had to use alternative means other than simply picking up the trusty mobile.

“I haven’t received a call all day. I was out all day doing a lot of running around because I wasn’t able to get anything on the phone,” Mrs Stocks told the Daily News yesterday afternoon.

The issue was widespread across Queensland and over in Killarney, real estate manager Chris McGregor was frustrated as he tried to cope without his phone in a job which demanded a faultless service.

“It has been very quiet all day but not in a good way,” Mr McGregor said.

“I haven’t been able to conduct much business at all.”

Over 90 per cent of Mr McGregor’s business calls go through to his mobile, meaning doing his job was difficult as work revolves around his phone.

Mr Beaman said the problem was with the radio network controllers and late yesterday they were still trying to pinpoint the problem which they had planned to have rectified by midday.

“We apologise to our customers. Technology being technology sometimes these things happen,” Mr Beaman said.



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