Next G Blue Tick phones

Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:21

Member - Brett (WA)

OK I'm really jack of my Samsung A501. It needs recharging every bloody day. So I rang Telstra about getting a new phone and this old duck on the other end said to me that I need to get a Blue Tick phone because they work better in the country.

Now is this the biggest feed of crap I've heard or what!

"It really doesn't come down to the phone" I said to her. "It's all about the power output and quality of signal from the service"

Sounds like Tesltra's trying to pull the wool guys, they're clutching at straws to get back in the good books!
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AnswerID: 283668   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:38

pt_nomad replied:

pull ya head in.
If you go to the telstra home page there are three phones with the 'blue tick' icon. Select one of them and then put your mouse over the blue circle with the tick and the hover text says 'recommended for rural coverage'.
From what I have seen all the 'blue tick' phones have an antennae protrusion because its all about 'quality of signal reception'.
I'm not defending nextG coverage as I don’t know enough about it, but the products are clearly labelled.
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AnswerID: 283671   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:52

MartyB replied:

Before you ditch the handset, check if bluetooth is turned on. If you don't use bluetooth turn it off and your battery will last longer. If you do use bluetooth, only have it turned on when you are using it.
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AnswerID: 283676   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:08

Gronk replied:

The only diff between a blue tick and a normal next g phone is on the blue tick ones there is the option to plug an external aerial into them..

No aerial...and using them as a normal hand held, I don't believe there is any diff ??

Go to a Telstra shop and ask them ?? Don't bother....they know nothing about next g ...

Ring up Telstra ?? They know nothing as well ...

I bought an LG550...and while it seems a good rings 3 or 4 times before I can hear it ?? Bloody ascending ring tone.....part of the phone....can't get rid of it !!!

If I didn't need the coverage of next g ( I hope they do improve it ) there is no way I would deal with Telstra !!

They are a bit like insurance companies and banks...the bigger they get the less they look after their most important asset.....
their CUSTOMERS !!!!!!
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FollowupID: 548295   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:31

Member - bungarra (WA) posted:


I had the LG 550 for less than 24 hours and took it back and had that contract cancelled.........took a far bit of dancing around at the Telstra shop and demanding a supervisor (they hate that) before I got it cancelled........signal strength no better than the 701 it replaced..

read my other post re the rest of it....and I do believe there is a difference even without the aerial jack plugged in....we are in very funny signal area and I believe it has been a good test based on our experiences

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FollowupID: 548299   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:53

Member - Doug T (FNQ) posted:

Mate if you don't like the ring tones that came with phone as I did, get on the internet, look up some .Wavs and download Roosters and goat sounds or whatever tickles your fancy , convert them to MP3s and stick em in your phone, I have the Cyclone warning for a ring tone, loud and easy to hear.

Wav sounds

Yes I know we can download MP3 ringtones.

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FollowupID: 548302   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 10:13

Gronk posted:

It's not the ringtone I'm complaining's the ascending ringtone ( ie; it's on every's inbuilt into the phone !! )

I've made my own ringtone ( ring original !! )

Not sure who that other person was having a go at about trying another service......but if it was should read the post....I said IF I didn't need next g coverage I would go elsewhere !!
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AnswerID: 283677   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:14

Member - bungarra (WA) replied:

the simple fact is that it does come down to the phone and the blue tick !

I have put up with the Samsung 701 for 12 months....good town phone...but hopeless signal drop outs in the country (where I live)...... Telstra cancelled my contract (12 months to run) and I have the Samsung 412 (blue tick)...absolutely 100 % satisified so far....

side by side on our property I compared my original (701 at 2 signal strength bars flickering down to 1 bar)..LG 550 (blue tick) 2 to 4 bars Samsung 412 and 411 full strength and steady.....we now have a 412 and two 411's (blue ticks)

instead of bagging Telstra suggest you go and buy another service provider's mobile service and then try using them outside the big population will be back to telstra if you want mobile service

by the way I am not a great big fan of telstra ...their country service is not perfect and could be a lot better than it is..... but at least they dont simply chase the big populations as do the others and forget about the country

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AnswerID: 283684   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:39

Mainey (wa) replied:

you've posted:
""OK I'm really jack of my Samsung A501. It needs *RECHARGING* every bloody day.
So I rang Telstra about getting a new phone and this old duck on the other end said to me that I need to get a Blue Tick phone because they work better in the country""

As I understand the post it's about the REASON you rang telstra, because you have a Samsung phone that may have a DUD battery
that's why you rang Telstra... isn't it ?

I also changed to a Samsung (a412) after ditching the dam useless Chinese made Telstra 165 thing.

Admittedly my FIRST Samsung 412, also had a low battery run time, so I 'insisted' the entire phone be swapped for a new one, just in case it was an internal problem causing the battery to drain.

This second Samsung seems to run for ever with-out recharging, at least 3 if not 4 days minimum.

And that's nothing to do with phone coverage on nextG, 3g, blue tick or cdma :-))

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AnswerID: 283685   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:40

Peter 2 replied:

Also be aware that even Telstra have been surprised by the performance of the Nokia 6120. Mine certainly has surprised me with its reception in places where the CDMA never worked along the NSW coast and ranges.
I'm talking as a handheld here, only recently picked up a force cradle which provides external antenna connection.
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FollowupID: 548356   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 14:14

Member - Brett (WA) posted:

Cheers Peter, even though it's not a "Blue Tick" phone, I'll have a good look at it later today.
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FollowupID: 548412   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 18:36

Sand Man (SA) posted:

Yes, you're right Peter.

There's the "blue tick" phones.

Then there's the Nokia 6120.

Then there's the Nokia 6120 with external aerial via car kit.

I'm happy with mine!


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AnswerID: 283689   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 10:03

HowdyDoody replied:

I have a samsung A412 and have never had a problem with coverage yet. We got them as work phones and the dealer told us that the 412 has the best coverage out of the blue tick phones - only reason I chose it. The only criticism I have of it is the speaker phone is crap. Not loud enough, useless in the car. Can only really use it at home when it's quiet, but it does come with blue tooth hands free as well as the handsfree that plugs into the phone and your ear.
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AnswerID: 283729   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 13:57

Member - Brett (WA) replied:

Well it looks like the Samsung 412 and Nokia 6120 looks like the way to go. Going to look at them today and suss it out.

I love reading some peoples responses here though, it's always good for a laugh!
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FollowupID: 548372   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 15:50

Member - Pesty (SA) posted:


Why dont you just replace the battery?
I did some years ago on a kyocera and its still going, about $40.
2 of my kids have had a great run from there 701's and 501's.
We just changed 7 phones (this week) ( cdma to next G) to a mixture of samsung 711's and 411's and all seems ok at the moment. Only had them a few days.
Time will tell, and we also live and work in rural areas.
The understanding I have is the 711 has more features, but is the same as the 411, and the 411 has the blue tick only because it has a car kit.
Try the battery first mate, cheap way to settle the problem.

Cheers Pesty
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AnswerID: 283752   Submitted: Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 16:21

Rod, Sydney replied:

Hi. Telstra is like any large retail company - you can get great service and lousy service.
Many of the Telstra Shops are owner operated "Telstra Licensed Shops". They are interested in doing a good job and they have a little more flexibility. Find a good salesperson, explain your requirements, and get approval to bring back the product if its not fit for purpose.
You will certainly get more satisfaction in a shop compared to a call centre.
No affiliation etc etc.
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