CDMA - Urban Dropouts ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:53
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Having decided that a Kyocera 3245 might be the pick of CDMA phones currently on offer, I am warming up to a purchase......but was disturbed to come across a friend the other day who has ditched his 2 year old CDMA phone (not sure of brand/model) due to constant dropping out in the 'burbs' - suggests that unless the user is standing in a clear high spot (outside), dropouts are threatening constantly. Seems that the big T may not have put many $ into urban provision (seeing that CDMA is inclined toward rural service). I would greatly appreciate any feedback from urban CDMA users.
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:57

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:57
We had a couple of Nokia CDMA's at work that did the same thing in the city. Turned out it was a problem with the phone model and they upograded the software I think and that fixed it. No problems since. Also had a mate with the same model phone and he had the same problem and his is fixed as well.
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Reply By: Pluto - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 12:37

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 12:37
Banjo,

I live in a known suburban radio shadow and the 3245 performs better than any mobile phone (GSM or CDMA) I have used in these marginal conditions.

You're right about the CDMA network being touted as the rural network. That works in your favour off road, but Teltra don't appear to be short changing suburban CDMA users.
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Reply By: warnsey - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 12:53

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 12:53
I agree with Banjo. Also have a 3245 with no problems in urban areas several of the guys at work with Nokia CDMA's have numerous problems with drop outs both urban and rural.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 16:41

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 16:41
Im in the same boat exactly. Been askin everyone everywhere the same questions.

Bloke round the corner from us here in Langwarrin has a 4 mth old CDMA phone, I wont mention brand and model, but you did ;) he has given up on it in city (Melb), and bought a cheapy for use in city from Crime Converters. When he goes away he uses the Kyo which is hard since his $300+ carkit is for the Kyo as well...

It all depends on where you are, and what you expect.

Telstra have a map on their site showing where you get coverage and where you dont.. But its crap, as it shows us clear as a bell here with FULL coverage, Johnno gets 0 coverage at home.

YMMV
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:00

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:00
Any vary it does, we had Kyo's here at work and have mostly gone over to Nokia's as theyre more reliable with less dropouts, also had lots of trouble as we were on one network and when it roamed onto Telstra the call cut out, sadly this was half way to Geelong and half way to Ballarat which was a tad inconvenient, changing to Telstra fixed that pain also.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 22:02
Got any of the Kyos there still going cheap with car kits ?? :D
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 19:53

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I'll ask, maybe we got some car kits from the old Kyo's
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:03

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:03
Our Nokia 6385 CDMA works really well - even on the Woods Point - Walhalla Rd this last weekend. Far better than GSM.

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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:54

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 18:54
Hey Banjo, we have the Nokia 2280 CDMA no dropouts so far works really well, Nessie uses it the most goes all over Sydney with her job has'nt failed yet. This is our 2nd phone other one was a motorola, that was good too, only prob screen kept fading which made it hard to read.

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Reply By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 19:32

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 19:32
We have a Nokia 6385. No drop outs at all in urban areas of Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

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Reply By: Member - Ken - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 20:40
Banjo

I am currently on an ORANGE 2 for 1 plan using Samsung CDMA'S. Based in Melbourne.

Never had a drop out problem ever when using it all over the Eastern States.

Matter of fact have used it via a car kit on a sand dune in the middle of the SA/Vic Border track between Pinaroo and Border Town with extreme clarity.

Before the current Samsung we had the first version Samsung and it was just as good, just less features (which only confuse you anyway).

I would now go for a CDMA over GSM everytime.

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 22:35

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2004 at 22:35
Thats my experience also Ken. Our CDMA is also with orange which switches over to the Telstra network when outside the small Orange network. Made a handheld call from the trigpoint dune along the B/T and no dropouts in builtup areas Melb/Geelong but I believe it can happen when in borderline Orange coverage areas. It can try to hang on to the Orange network for too long before switching resulting in a dropped call.
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Reply By: andyg - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 20:02

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 20:02
Hi Banjo
Have had a Kyo for a while it has a setting you can set for when the signal drops out if I drive around with the phone in my pocket its always going of stick it on the dash no where near as bad .Drops out in buildings alot especially when you get down the back or near the floor nailing skirting boards on thats with telstra .

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