Mobile Voice Product Information
- 1 Coverage
- 2 Plans and Applying
- 3 Handsets
- 4 Short Messaging Service (SMS)
- 5 Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
- 6 Premium SMS
- 7 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
- 8 Mobile Paging (SurePage)
- 9 Call Diversion on Mobile services
- 10 Premium Services
- 11 APN
- 12 Personal Hot Spot
- 13 Missed Call Service
- 14 Mobile Plan Changes
Who is the underlying carrier of mobile services?
Exetel uses only Optus as its upstream mobile Network carrier.
How do I check availability of Mobile services?
Exetel use Optus as the mobile carrier and therefore Exetel’s network covers 97% of the Australian Population. For more specific information on coverage, please contact us or use the following link http://www.exetel.com.au/hspa-service-availability.php
Plans and Applying
What are the currently available mobile plans?
Please visit http://www.exetel.com.au/residential-mobile-cap-plans.php to find out all details of currently available mobile plans .
How do I apply for a mobile plan?
You can apply for mobile plans by following one of these methods.
- If you are a new customer:
Please visit http://www.exetel.com.au/residential-mobile-cap-plans.php and click on the order button of the required plan.
- If you are an existing customer:
You can order mobile services from your members facility area.
What is the provisioning process for a mobile service?
The provisioning process for a mobile service is given below.
- Ordering the service & posting the SIM
Once you have ordered a mobile service from our website, your details are entered in our database. Verification of billing is done within 2-3 working days. Once this is done your SIM will be dispatched and you will be notified via Email and SMS. If you are in the Sydney metropolitan area, this should take just one business day upon confirmation of shipment. To other areas of Australia, it may take 2-3 business days.
- Provisioning a new mobile service
Provisioning of the mobile service is fully automated. Once your SIM is delivered you should also receive details to login to your secure user facilities to activate your service. Activation of a new service takes between 15-60 mins.
What do I need to do if I want to change my phone to an iPhone?
You may request for a micro SIM for a charge of $20 through members facility to use in your iPhone.
Does Exetel sell mobile handsets?
Yes we have selected mobile handsets to be sold from time to time, please visit https://www.exetel.com.au/modemorder/index.php
I am on an Exetel mobile phone plan and want to buy a new phone. Can I buy an Optus pre-paid phone and use my existing SIM card?
Before using Exetel provided SIM card on a mobile phone provided by Optus, you have to check with Optus whether they need their SIM card to be used on the phones sold by them or not.
Short Messaging Service (SMS)
How does SMS work?
If you are in an Optus Mobile coverage area and your phone is switched on, you will be alerted that a message has arrived by a sound and/or vibration (depending on your handset setting) plus a Message Waiting Indicator will appear on the screen of the handset. You simply enter 'Mail' or your 'Message' menu to read the message – you can then delete it and/or reply with your own SMS message or a voice call .
International SMS: A great way to keep in touch with friends and family overseas
Group SMS: An easy way to send the same SMS text message to up to 20 people at the same time from a mobile.
What are the restrictions for SMS?
You should be aware of the following restrictions for SMS:
Text Messages can be a maximum of 160 characters. Currently there is no option for you to block your number when sending an SMS message. When a message is sent from a customer's handset, your mobile number is automatically sent. The receiver of the message will be able to view the sender's mobile number with the message on the screen of their handset. This will always occur even if you have an unlisted mobile number; a number not published in any Telephone Directory Service and/or Call Line Identitfication (CLI) Outgoing switched off.
Once the handset memory is full, you will no longer be able to receive SMS messages. You should be advised to delete messages that are not important, so space is not taken up on the memory of your handset.
Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS)
What is an MMS?
MMS, or Multimedia Messaging Service, is a flexible messaging service that enables customers with compatible MMS handsets to send and receive sound, images, animated images and video from their handset. They can send to one or more MMS handsets, legacy (non MMS) handsets and email addresses.
How does MMS work?
The MMS service uses the same network used for voice calls. It uses GPRS or HSPA as a bearer for the traffic. To send an MMS you should have a MMS capable handset with MMS settings and be in an Optus coverage area.
When an MMS is sent, the sending party is charged a fee for sending the MMS. Customers will receive the MMS network settings when they insert their Service Provider Sim Card into their handset. In case these settings are not received, please call Exetel on 0280301000 or email email@example.com . Once the handset is set up it is advisable to send a MMS message to your own number. This auto provisions the final part of the activation process. When a message is received the handset will automatically download the MMS; similarly, when sending an MMS, the user will see the handset initiate a connection to send the message.
Who Can Use MMS?
MMS is available to any customer on an Exetel (Optus supplied) service. The service is not available to MobileSat (when in GSM mode Thuraya handsets support MMS) customers, or any customer who is barred from sending and/or receiving MMS.
Supported Formats: Formats supported by Optus MMS-compatible mobile phones vary dependant on the customer's handset. Supported formats including the following:
Photos/Pictures: JPEG, GIF, WBMP Animations: Animated GIF Sound: AMR Text: TXT Video: 3GP
Is there a limit on the size of MMS messeges?
MMS standards do not specify a maximum size for an MMS message. Message size can be limited by the capability of the handset to receive and store large files. Typical MMS size is around 30-100kb.
Recipients without MMS-compatible phones will receive legacy (non-MMS) handset notification, not MMS messages.
Customers switching from an MMS-compatible handset to a non-MMS-compatible handset will receive SMS messages with mixed up symbols if someone sends them an MMS. This is only rectified by contacting Exetel on 0280301000 or emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) for us to contact our upstream provider (Optus) to update your profile to a legacy handset.
What are the recommended generic MMS settings?
MMS settings are as follows;
- Server address: http://mmsc.optus.com.au:8002/
- Proxy address : 126.96.36.199
- Proxy port : 8070
- Access Point Name (APN) : mms
- Network type: IPv4
- Authentication type: Normal
- User name: blank
- Password: blank
I was billed for MMS but my mobile plan included MMS, what can I do?
Please email email@example.com if you have any queries on MMS charges.
What is a Premium SMS?
Premium SMS is a special SMS type, where the pricing of it is decided by a third party.
Example; When voting for a reality television show via SMS, the price of the SMS is usually decided by the hosting party and not by Exetel.
Premium SMS and MMS Barring
Regulations regarding the ability for customers to request the barring of premium SMS and MMS services came into effect from 1 July 2010.
Customers can refer to The Telecommunications Service Provider (Mobile Premium Services) Determination 2010, made by The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) As a provider of mobile services, Exetel is responsible to comply with the determination and has decided to bar all premium SMS and MMS by default on provisioning of the service.
This is to mitigate consumer complaints which are prevalent in the industry for these functions. Information concerning the Telecommunications Service Provider (Mobile Premium Services) Determination can be found on the ACMA website.
Activating Premium SMS and MMS
As an Exetel customer, if you would like Premium SMS and MMS services restored for use, please log in to your Exetel Members Facilities.
Select Premium SMS Barring
Read the information carefully and set a Spend Limit.
Click on Update Premium SMS Spend Limit
You may also contact residential support.
Where can I find more information about the premium SMS number?
Visit http://www.19sms.com.au/ to find Premium SMS numbers (short codes) providing details about the service and service provider, including name, pricing, frequency and help desk numbers.
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
What are the mobile phone settings required for a data connection (Optus)?
The method to input GPRS settings may vary by the manufacturer and the model of the phone. Usually the options to change the data connection settings are can be found at Settings -> Connection -> Network on your phone.
The details given below are for a typical example of a Nokia phone.
Connection Name - Optus (or anything)
Data Bearer - GPRS
Access point name - Internet
User Name - (none)
Password - (none)
Authentication - Normal
Note: If you are using an Apple iPhone the APN should be set as 'YesINTERNET'; For all SIMs for mobile services on the layer 3 service it should be 'INTERNET'. For more information on APNs, refer:Mobile and Mobile Broadband Email and APN Settings
Can I use a mobile voice plan with a broadband dongle?
No, you cannot use a mobile voice plan with a broadband dongle as the APN used is not a broadband APN.
Mobile Paging (SurePage)
What is Surepage?
A real person to take your calls
Optus SurePage is an alternative to Optus VoiceMail for those times when it is more appropriate for a real person to answer your mobile calls when you are unavailable.
Turning your phone into a pager
SurePage is extremely useful if you don’t have time to take a call or retrieve VoiceMail messages but have time to read a quick text message. So if you have your phone switched to silent, or you are in a meeting, you can read your messages as they come through, just like a pager.
A real person greets your callers
When you have Optus SurePage, a professional SurePage operator answers your mobile calls in your name or you company’s name, whichever you prefer. If your digital phone is in use, out of range, or switched off, callers to your number will be diverted to your SurePage operator to handle the call.
The operator takes a caller's message, which can be up to 160 characters long. This message is then sent to the screen of your phone. If your phone is not switched on, the message will be stored on the network, and attempted again when you are switched back on. Messages are kept for 7 days before being deleted.
How do I get SurePage?
You can request for SurePage to be setup on your phone, by registering for https://www.exetel.com.au/hspa/service_modify_vas_select.php
How do I use SurePage?
To use SurePage you need to activate SurePage on your mobile account. If you didn't request SurePage when you connected your mobile, you can do so via the Exetel member's facility https://www.exetel.com.au/hspa/service_modify_vas_select.php
After that, all you need to do is set your phone to divert to the SurePage service number (456). You can set diversions for when the phone is busy, out of range or turned off. You can also set all your calls to divert to SurePage, for example, if you are in a meeting.
Call Diversion on Mobile services
Call Diversion allows you to redirect inbound voice and data calls coming into your mobile service to another number in Australia or overseas.
How does Call Diversion work?
You may activate, change or cancel diversion settings directly through the menu of your mobile phone. Most handsets enable different diversions depending on the status of the phone – for example: all incoming calls, phone busy, phone off, phone out of range, phone unanswered.
A call can only divert twice before it will end in an engaged tone. For example:
Bob calls Jane's mobile number. Jane has her mobile phone diverted to Beth's mobile phone as she is in a meeting. Beth has her phone switched off, which is set to divert to Paul's mobile phone. When Paul does not answer he has a diversion set to VoiceMail. Result: If Paul does not answer his phone, Bob will hear an engaged tone.
What are premium services?
Premium services are content or live advice services which can be accessed by making a phone call, by messaging (e.g., SMS) or via a data connection from your mobile phone. Premium services numbers usually start with 188X, 19X, 190X, or an international number, for example 0011.
Examples of premium services are sex services, psychic lines, weather services, voting lines for TV shows or competition lines, chat services or ring tones. Premium services can also include high school test result hot lines.
Proprietary network services also offer access to premium data services. Examples of such premium services include news updates, sports or weather reports, ring tones or wallpaper.
How can I be charged for premium services?
You can be charged for premium services in several ways:
- Flat rate - this is where you are charged a fixed amount for each call you make. It is a good idea to keep track of how many calls you make as the cost can quickly add up.
- Timed rate - this is where your calls are timed and charged at a rate per minute or per 30 second rate. A fixed set up or connection fee may also apply. Keeping track of how long you spend on the call will help to keep your costs to a minimum.
- By data volume - this is where you are charged according to the amount of data you download from or via a proprietary network.
You should always check the cost of the premium service before you use it. It is also a good idea to keep track of how many calls you make, or how often you access these services, and how long they last as the cost can quickly add up possibly creating financial difficulty where the cost of using premium services is unexpectedly greater than the amount you may have budgeted for.
Liability for cost
You are usually responsible for the cost of any calls made from your phone, including calls made by family and friends, even when made without your knowledge. There have been scams relating particularly to premium services and the sending of text messages. Please read Exetel’s Terms & Conditions (http://www.exetel.com.au/mobile_terms_conditions.htm) thoroughly concerning this. Note: If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment and wish to make calls to premium service numbers via the National Relay Service, then you must have an account with Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) and you will be charged for the calls.
What steps can you take to lessen the risk of high, unexpected bills for premium services?
To mitigate the risk of high bills for premium services, you should be fully aware of these premium call costs.
Exetel has limited barring options. We are only able to bar the GPRS service, International calls, Global Roaming or place a broad administration bar on all calls, in the case of a lost or stolen handset. We cannot, for instance, just bar calls to 190 numbers.
What is an APN?
The APN stands for Access Point Name. It is a configurable network identifier required by a mobile device when connecting to a GSM network. It is required for data transmission.
What are the APNs that Exetel use for Optus?
Please click here to find the APNs that Exetel use.
Personal Hot Spot
How to set up Personal Hot spot on the mobile phone ?
Prior setting up Personal Hot spot on the mobile phone, tethering need to be enabled from the members facilities.
Once tethering is enabled you may follow the steps below in order to set up personal hot spot.
For iPhone 4
- To set up the Hotspot initially - Press the home button then: Settings -> Genral -> Network -> Personal Hotspot (on/off)
- To just to on/off the feature - Settings - > Personal Hotspot on/off
- To set up the Hotspot Security & SSID: - Settings -> Wireless & Network settings -> Tethering & Portable Hotspot -> Port. Wi-Fi hotspot settings
- To just to on/off the feature - Settings -> Wireless & Network settings -> Tethering & Portable Hotspot -> Portabe Wi-Fi Hotspot (there will be a tick box to activate)
Missed Call Service
What is Missed Call Service (MCS) with Optus Mobile?
Missed Call Service ensures Pre-Paid and Post-Paid mobile customers never miss a call, even when they don't have diversions set. The Missed Call Service is currently offered to those customers who do not want VoiceMail. It is a default product that is enabled when customers cancel VoiceMail. Missed Call Service currently provides callers with the ability to send their calling number as an SMS notification.
What is the change to missed call service with Optus Mobile?
Commencing 1 December 2011, the missed call service will change to enable a short 10-second voice message to be deposited by a caller. This message will be converted to text and sent via SMS to the MCS user. Missed Call Service will continue to be a FREE service to users, however the caller to the MCS user will pay for the duration of the call i.e. treated as a normal voice call. All existing Missed Call Service users will have access to the new service. No migration or customer action is needed.
How to turn OFF missed call alert service with Optus Mobile?
Customers can dial 159 or SMS ‘OFF’ to 159 to turn off the missed call alert service with Optus Moblie
Mobile Plan Changes
How can I change my current mobile plan?
You may change over to one of the newly available mobile plans through your member’s facility
Go to Mobile broadband/mobile >> Mobile change plans >> select the service number >> select and apply for a plan change.
How long does it take to change the mobile plans?
Mobile plan changes will come in to effect with your next billing cycle.
How much is the mobile plan change fee?
Plan change fee will be displayed in the member’s facility. This fee will change from time to time.
Is there a downtime for my current mobile connection when I change plans?
No. There is no downtime for mobile plan changes as it will be an automated process.
Will I be on a contract when I change my mobile plan?
Applicable contract term for mobile plan changes will be displayed in your member’s facility.