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Hi everyone, can anybody recommend a blue tick phone with a port for an external antenna. Currently have a Telstra Frontier which is not very good.
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 17:57

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 17:57
Hi

We have used LG phones with the blue tick for several years now and found them to be ok. My wife still uses the old LG with antenna port.

I recently updated to a Telstra T96 which has the port for the external antenna and found it probably works a bit better than the old LG once the antenna is in. The antenna I bought from Telstra but Jacar probably have them cheaper.

The phone is not fancy but a good price from Big W, about $50.

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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 17:58

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 17:58
G`day Kevin,

I highly recommend the Samsung C5220, it`s not a fancy smart phone but is very good.
I have it with Telstra on a " Mobile Accelerate Casual plan" $25.00 per month with $300.00 eligible usage and 200MB of data.
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 18:50

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 18:50
Depends on where you want to use it Best phone I had in outback was an old Nokia6120
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:00

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:00
Hi Kevin,
I have a ZTE Tuff T54 blue tick phone. It is a bit agricultural compared to these modern things but it does have an antenna port on the back and 12 volt chargers are easy to get for them.

I use it with an ugly stick and it works even better therefore.

ZTE Tuff T54 Blue Tick mobile

It works in places where plenty won't, especially with the external antenna.

I use this antenna
Ugly Stick

With this Patch cord
ZTE T54 patch Cord

Hope this helps.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:29

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:29
Another vote from me. Works well!

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 20:43

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 20:43
And another vote here too.

I've dropped mine many times, and it has been swimming in the dog's dish once. Find the battery last 4-5 days with little use......suppose it should do.

Also do what Bruce does with external aerials. Have an ugly stick on my ute, and small magnetic one on Falcon sedan. Gives excellent coverage.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:42

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:42
Kevin,

Also have Telstra T96 that I bought as a spare. External aerial socket, lightweight and only $49.

It doesn't have the strong case of the T54, so may not be as robust.....if it keeps falling out of one's top pocket!

Have rarely used it, so can't comment on its blue tick status.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:40

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 19:40
Kevin

The only quantitative trial I know of Mobile phones to determine the best reception in Rural areas is run each year by the independent Farmer Research group called the Kondinin Group. See URL below for the one in May this year
They have been conducting it for many years in the same location out of Hay NSW


http://www.farmingahead.com.au/articles/3/8367/2013-05-20/new/kondinin-group-mobile-phone-testing-sneak-peek

If that doesn't work, Google Kondinin Group Mobile
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:03

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:03
Yeah. Choice report reception quality in their annual review of mobiles.

Max IIRC was around 46 km in that group's testing.

Bear in mind that some phones have good internal aerials but haven't been submitted to Telstra for testing to qualify for the 'blue tick'. That used to apply to iPhones until Apple relented.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 23:49

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 23:49
Kondinin Group report on smartphones from 12+ months ago
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 23:50

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 23:50
Forgot to mention - that ^^^ link downloads the report PDF.
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Reply By: Michaeljp - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 13:33

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 13:33
I use a iphone 4s with a smoothtalker cradle and broomstick external aerial. I works just as good as my lg with patch lead did.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 21:53

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 21:53
Hi kch

You stated that your Telstra Frontier is "not very good"

I have one of these (They are a ZTE T81)........and I use it when I am out of range of "normal smart phone reception"

I do however plug it into a decent external antennae and to be honest I cant fault it its performance for reception.........

The only issue I would comment on with it is that the screen is not a sensitive as my Samsung and the touch screen sometimes is a bit less sensitive than I would like to be.....in fact damn frustrating at times........but performance is excellent

I have recommended these to a few wanting longer range reception and all are happy

perhaps it is the individual handset or your antennae?....just a thought

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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 22:38

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 22:38
I have the T81 (Frontier) and no problem with external antenna.

What problem do you have.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 22:51

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 22:51
I've used the iPhone 4 and 5 out bush without an external antenna and it's always worked very well.
The Telstra network has expanded so much in the last few years that many remote aboriginal communities and mine sites now have a phone tower.
Reception issues have greatly improved in my view.

As mentioned above, the Smooth talker cradles are a simple method of mating an external antenna to most modern phones if you really want one.

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Reply By: Freshstart - Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:47

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:47
We have a Telstra T96 for remote work. It has an external antenna connection and the Telstra blue tick. And a satellite phone in the car for real remote comms.

I must admit though we haven't used it much. Only one phone call and that worked well. It can be connected to the internet etc but we disabled all that rubbish as not needed.
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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:48

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 08:48
I should add that we have it on a prepaid arrangement.
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