Kyocera CDMA retailers ?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:49
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Input on the main retailers in Oz for this product range would be appreciated. Unable to get any good oil from the Kyocera sites.
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Reply By: marcus - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:01

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:01
G'day Banjo,
I believe the Orange phone network uses the Kyocera phone in its two for $45 a month deal.The phone switches to telstra cdma when in country areas automatically.A friend is very happy with his claiming a great phone and a cheap network.
cheers mark
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Reply By: Billy - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:22

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:22
I've got one, it's with Telstra on CDMA.
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Follow Up By: Time - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:53

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:53
Me too

Buggerlux
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Follow Up By: Rod E B - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:27

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:27
Is CDMA all it cracked up to be

I have a van at Merry Beach and have an optus phone which does not have coverage unless you walk up the hill

A friend just brought a CDMA phone from Telstra and did not get any better reception

Your thoughts please

Rod
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:15

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:15
Mine was aquired through Telstra and have not had any dramas. Just a point on CDMA with Orange. I believe that because Orange has a limited coverage IE Sydney/Melbourne then Orange has to get into the Telstra net, you will pay an additional flag fall. Correct me if I'm wrong
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Follow Up By: The Banjo - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:16

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:16
There's a lot of info here in the archives re CDMA and how good it can be. Having done that, I wanted to find the retailers. Seems CDMA has the greater coverage in Oz, BUT hoards of little dropout spots within. GSM has a smaller coverage, but few drop out spots within it seems. I might go Kyocera CDMA and give it a burl....or Nokia 2280...whatever has the best price options. Telstra has a $10 plan for CDMA that has some free-to-telstra-phone calls built in - might be good value.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:17

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:17
I have a Kyocera CDMA from Telstra. It is a good phone even picking up signals in remote country and up to 50km from a tower. Can't fault it except that the buttons are harder to access when the phone is inside its cover.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:31

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:31
Banjo'
Once you chuck a 6.5db gain antenna on the bull bar and hook it up to a patch cord to the odekalone you will find a great difference in range too
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Reply By: warnsey - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:02

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:02
I run a Kyocera 3245 with a high gain aerial and couldn't be happier. A great phone and for some reason the Kyocera's seem to achieve better range than the Nokia CDMA. Personally I have had range from my handset alone where a nokia CDMA with high gain aerial has struggled.

The only thing I could say against them is the lack/cost of accessories I was quoted $120 from Telstra for a data cable to connect to my laptop last week in Perth.
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Reply By: The Banjo - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:03

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:03
Allan Mac ....interesting....more info re patch cord / antennas etc would be appreciated. Can any CDMA phone employ an antenna ? Either way, what's at stake with antennas - costs and set up if you have a minute or two. Thanks in advance.
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:35

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:35
Quality 6.5db antenna cost up to $120/130 and patch lead around $25 ...from your good local country Telstra shop (seems most city orientated shops dont undersant patch leads) you need the path lead to connect the antenna direct to the phone if you don't want/have an in car kit... works well with Kyocera 3245 ..
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 13:42

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 13:42
Banjo,
Graham & Ann summed it up spot on. The patch lead straight to the phone is quicker and cheaper than an in car kit. If you decide to go that route and have problems locating a patch lead, give me a hoy and I'll put you onto my bloke who can set you up.
Macca
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Reply By: The Banjo - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:27

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 18:27
Willem ....which model is yours ? - I see Warnsey is rapt in the 3245.
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Reply By: B3 - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:00

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 19:00
My 2 year CDMA plan with the Telstra mongrels has just finished. Optus now subscribe to Telstra's CDMA network. They are currently offering the Kyocera 3245 for $149 upfront on a $30/ month for 2 year plan with $30 included calls each month. On top of that Optus's call rates are considerably cheaper than Telstra - 29.7 cents during peak and 15.4 cents off peak. I am making the switch next week.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob L - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 22:04

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 22:04
There is more to comparing phone charges than just the call costs. Try doing a full comparison including bonus credit allowances and optional call options. Don't rely on your old plan details as the new plans are different.

My nephew had to do a school project on different phone plans and after supplying the relevant information in the form of brochures I found it very difficult to do a valid comparison as the plans and bonuses vary so much at the different usage levels. I believe they set it up this way just to increase the confusion that exists.

If you do your homework and still make the switch then I hope you will still be happy in 2 years time. Somehow I don't think so.

Good luck
Bob L

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Follow Up By: B3 - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 22:14

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 22:14
Yes, that is all true. I'm afraid I haven't been able to forgive Telstra for their greedy marketing tactics. I gave up my home phone 2 years ago and got myself my mobile when they started increasing line rental charges so rely on my mobile phone nowadays. About 4 months ago I started missing calls because people were not letting the phone ring for long - just 3 rings(I thought).
After 2 months of missing calls I suddenly received an SMS message from my grandmother who wanted to talk to me urgently. Upon asking her she told me she had bben trying to call me for a couple of weeks but kept getting messagebank....which I had NEVER subscribed to.
Upon calling Telstra I was informed that all CDMA phones had been defaulted to messagebank 3 months prior and customers not notified! I think that is plain dishonest, sneaky and greedy!

However I agree entirely that all the carriers vary everything in their power to make their plans as difficult to compare as possible!
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Follow Up By: The Banjo - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 09:18

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 09:18
Yep.....for Telstra (and the other try as hard as they can too) read, exploitation, confusion and manipulation.....their daily bywords ! Look at all the profit they make - absolute bucket loads - how do they justify that ? By telling us its all going toward new and better technologies ! With the result that they have high tech equipment to lower their running costs, but the consumer never sees the benefit - that's profiteering. Suits the Gov to have it in private hands - one less thing to
manage....and we let them get away with it ! (I feel better now :o)
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Reply By: Richard - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 20:38

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 20:38
Believe the CDMA network is the best option when out and about. Purchased an Ephone from Dick Smith, at a reasonable price, which runs on the CDMA network. A PDA and phone so you can make phone calls or browse the internet. Browsing is expensive but emails are OK. Runs on the fly if you have a signal.
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