When visiting Winton, there are a number of ways to stay in touch. It is recommended that if you are travelling extensively throughout the Outback that you are equipped with a satellite phone and a UHF Radio. Once you travel west or south of Boulia, there is no mobile phone coverage at all, except via satellite.
There are several public telephones available, coin or card operated. These are located just outside of the Post Office on Elderslie Street.
Telstra Next G Network
Please note that the only mobile network coverage that Winton receives is Telstra Next G. Regular GSM handsets on any network, and other network phones that use the 3G Network (other than Telstra Next G handsets), will not be able to make or receive any communications in Winton. The closest town to Winton that has access to the Telstra GSM Network is Longreach, with no coverage on other networks. The Next G Network coverage is generally restricted to the area close to Winton town, and parts of the Landsborough Highway, with no coverage at all on the roads north, south and west.
Telstra's Mobile Broadband is accessible via the Next G Network in Winton