New Mobile Phone?

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G'day, looking for a new moobile phone, want a basic one, one that has an external aerial plug and a car cradle, any suggestions? Thanks in advance. John
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 06:23

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 06:23
bugger, did a spell check and missed the moobile bit............ meant mobile of course
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:52

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:52
A "moobile" phone? I can just imagine the ringtone. LOL

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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 07:19

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 07:19
We could milk that mistake for all its worth?
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 20:56

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 20:56
At least until John gets a beef with us.......
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 23:28

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You're being udderly ridiculous no...
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:00

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:00
John,
I bought a Telstra Tough T90 blue tick country phone. It was described as a "ruggedized handset" and it is....been dropped many times, wet, run over with wheel of ride-on mower and it still works. Can get reception in areas other flashy phones can't and can add an antenae as well. Its the old type simple phone (my daughters laugh at my old fashioned looking one). Not sure if this model is still available...but I would see what Telstra has in the "own brand" name that is classified as a country phone. You then have a head start to getting reception in remote areas even without an antenae.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 14:51

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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:49

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 08:49
G'day John

I'm with Wamuranman on this - had a T90 for 3 years and it certainly copped some abuse and didn't miss a beat. I bought it because I do a lot of country travelling and from all the research I did the T90 had the best reception of all phones. You can also buy a patch lead for them which will give you even more coverage. I have just bought the new model (T54) but don't think it is as tough as the old one and the new position of some of the buttons is absolutely stupid but the phone still has great reception out in the sticks ! Quite a few farmers I know use them. I wanted a phone that didn't take pictures, didn't have internet, didn't have email and all that other crap - just wanted one that I could say hello and goodbye on but the sales staff said that's not possible but this phone is about as basic as you can get !


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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 14:52

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 09:14

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 09:14
John,

Recently started using a T54 phone, and the reception is as good as any I've used previously.

Buttons are a little small for large fingers, especially when you're mobile........with someone else driving, of course!!!

The keypad lock irritates me a little, but am used to an earlier Telstra flip phone. Like some others here am not interested in a smart phone.......yet.

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 09:21

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 09:21
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Go to settings - right arrow to handset - scroll down to keylock - press ok then you can turn the keylock off !

Drove me nuts too


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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 14:47

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 14:47
No worries, Gazz.

Find I've got to have keylock, otherwise the phone rings people of its own accord. Always carry a bit of extra "stuff" in the top pocket with the phone, and this is what sets the phone off.

Have found if I know I'm going to use the phone again soon, by leaving the screen on messages, or say contacts, then the pad doesn't lock.

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 14:59

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 14:59
Bob

Might pay to get a wallet and that way you can take those 2 dozen $100 notes out of your top pocket that causes your phone to ring people when you don't want it to ! lol


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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:37

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:37
Ha ha, I like that Gazz!!!

Maybe I should fold the notes a different way, do you think?

Don't mind when "it" rings the daughters, but a bit hawkey that "it" may ring the Boss, and he'll think I'm volunteering for extra work.

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 09:05

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 09:05
Choice and the Kondinin group got together and did a test of 20 or so phones and their reception in marginal areas of the country. The information includes reception quality and features such as external antenna etc.

Probably the most difinitive guide to Next G phones and their reception as of August last year. The full article is available if you click it at the bottom of the page below.


Next G phone reception
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 14:55

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 14:55
Thanks, very much appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 20:05

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 20:05
And again Boobook. A very handy guide.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 09:05

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 09:05
Have a look at the telstra t54 external aerial plug .But the Bluetooth might not work into your car !!
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:13

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Reply By: 08crd - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 11:32

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 11:32
I wanted the same basic phone with good reception. Went for the T54 and front mount aerial
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:14

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 12:14

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 12:14
Don't forget you can also get a Smartphone like an Iphone and use the Smooth Talker Antenna Cradle, I've tested this against Telstra phones with antenna sockets and the reception is the same and determined by the quality or type of antenna.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:18

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:18
Thanks, an interesting thought, not sure I want a smart phone though...............too many things to play with.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:24

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:24
Hi John, To put smartphones into perspective one needs to consider the added functionality over a normal john and betty phone.

1. Can be used as a GPS, Chartplotter, Tracker, Navigator etc
2. Can be used via various weather apps to monitor weather
3. Can be used to access Internet and Email
4. The list goes on

I use mine when away and at sea with a smooth talker cradle and although I understand your trepedation the benefits are too many to list.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:38

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:38
Terra, as I said, way too many things to play with, wouldn't get any driving done......................... bugger, you have me thinking now.
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Reply By: pepper2 - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 13:13

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 13:13
Was at dick smiths nowra last week,on asking re external phone aerials,was shown a moveable external antennae with magnetic base,run the cable inside the vehicle and the cable connects to the handset via velcro strip(attach a small piece of velcro to handset),does not need a plug and can be used of wide variety of fhones apparently...total cost $65
Might be worth a thought.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:09

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 15:09
Thanks, forgot to add that I already have an external aerial etc, looking for a phone that is compatable with a cradle.
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Reply By: Member - Corrugate75 - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 17:45

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 17:45
G'day John,
I've used the T90 for two years and it is a great simple phone. Coupled to my car kit and 4foot aerial it gets coverage most any where. (I'm a farmer in South Australia.) When I decided to replace worn out (roughly treated T90 with a new tough or "Tradie" phone I discovered I could have a smart phone for same price as new tough phone. Put smart phone in "Lifeproof" case and it is as tough as T90, but with advantages of smart phone!
No external aerial plug though, I'm still working through that one with Telstra...
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:45

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:45
Thank you for the reply, appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 22:13

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 22:13
John
I also second the telstra T90, I've got the car kit and broom stick antenna and it gets great reception when bush.
The newer version is now called a Tough 2 and you could use a patch lead to connect to a broom stick antenna if you don't want a car kit.

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:51

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Reply By: wizzer73 - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 23:18

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 23:18
Telstra Frontier 4g smartphone has an external aerial. $299. Don't know about a cradle but you can get the patch lead to external aerial.

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:53

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:53
Thanks, not sure I am ready for a Smart Phone yet, but who knows...........
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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 00:58

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 00:58
Try the Iphone 3 or 4s they both fit in the same cradle and attach to the same arial, the 4s does have a longer range and better options.

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 05:54

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