CDMA Phones

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 09:45
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Hi everybody,
Can someone tell me what is available now in a reasonably priced CDMA phone that also has an in car kit available for it. I would like to put an external aerial on the car. I went into the local Telstra shop all they could show me was a LG TD 6000 priced at $649 plus an in car kit for $305 plus the cost of an aerial. . This phone had more 'bells and whistles" than I needed pushing the price up too high in my opinion. I did like the keypad though. Most seem to be made for teenage eyes ie. tiny letters. They had a couple of other CDMA phones for the low $100s mark but there was apparently no in car kit made for them. I searched old posts on this forum but the phones listed are apparently not available now.
Cheers,
Indy
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Reply By: TonyH - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 09:58

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 09:58
There is a nokia available 3245? that has a car kit for extra $49 on Telstra plan. I have just gone to the TD 6000. Good phone and seems to have very good signal power(over twice the range of my old kyocera)
Telstra would be your best bet for CDMA i would have thought. Other brands to look at are Kyocera, Motorola and Nokia. LG make the better phones IMHO.

Went to the flip phone as after a while the face of the open phone would be so scratched as to be unreadable

There is always secondhand?
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Reply By: iMusty - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 10:10

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 10:10
I have a T730 Motorola from telstra. I pay $16 per month for it + the $125.00 plan. Thats $141.00 per month minimum. It has a 3.6 Lithium ION batterey model number Q3T06ANC 3FQ. A 3/

I bought a $400.00 hands free kit and had it installed by the telstra recomended person. Who charged me a couple hundred to install.

The Hands free worked great for 2 months then went crapola.

I only use the kit now to hold the phone. I just pull over when the phone rings.

I will mention that I dropped it and cracked the color screen and that cost about $300 to fix. And there was no phone they could lend me. The service overall was just crap. CRAP. I am in a contract for the next two years and I would love to get out.

If I was buying again and was not in a contract, I'd stick with Telstra because the young girl serving me named Samantha had great titties.

I think I'm in love.
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Reply By: Alan S (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 10:26

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 10:26
Hi Indy,
If you are after reasonably priced phone and car kits then go to ebay and look out for a Nokia 6385 and Nokia Car Kit (Cark-91). The car kit also fits a number of GSM phones and if you use a dual mode antenna you can have a GSM phone and a CDMA phone that fits the same car kit and antenna.
Work supplies me with a GSM phone and I use a CDMA on the weekends so this solution really suits my needs.
I paid $50 for the car kit and $200 for a New Phone (still with plastic on the screen). Can't get more reasonable priced than that can you?

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Reply By: Ray Bates - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 20:25

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 20:25
Hi I have a Nokia 2280 which I got four months ago. I asked Telstra for a patch cable for the phone and was told that that model did not have the facilities for a patch cable. I now have an antena, which was used on an earlier phone, anew phone but no connection in between. Some time I wished I had stuck to my old GSM phone where I could at least take the sim card out and put it in another phone. I think that CDMA is grosely overated
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 23:32

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 23:32
Hi Ray,

You can buy a proximity connection for your antenae. I have the Nokia 6225 CDMA and have the external antenae and genuine carkit. While the antenae does not directly plug into the phone, there is a special proximity connection that basically does the same job and it works very well.

I don't agree with your comment about CDMA being over-rated! I have found that you cannot compare the range from CDMA to GSM digital. As an example, I drove from Perth to Kalbarri (~550kms) and was never out of range (that I noticed). But when I did the same trip with my old GSM phone, I only had reception in a few towns along the way, maybe less than 30 mins of potential talk time compared to over 6 hours on CDMA.

Maybe its different over east, but in WA unless you have CDMA in the country, you virtually have no reception outside of major towns.

Cheers

Captain
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Reply By: Member - Rob J (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 20:30

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005 at 20:30
Hello Indy,
Yesterday, I priced a CDMA phone from our local telephone shop here in
Busselton and the price is as follows, Nokia 2112 $229 +$25 for a protective
cover. Plan, $30 Business plan min 12mth contract with Telstra , 31c per 30sec+20c flagfall, we will go with the 1/2 price on fixed lines 24/7.
You need to be a rocket scientist to work out their plans, good thing I had help.
Hope this helps. Didn't price an in car kit
Rob
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 04:21

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 04:21
Hi Indy,

I have been an Orange (Hutchison Telecoms) CDMA customer for 5 years now since they first opened their doors to CDMA. I have found the coverage superior to that of GSM (both spectrums) in city (Sydney) and rural areas. I used it on a property 48km nw of Charleville no probs, I also had a friend with a Telstra GSM on that trip and he had nothing!!

Now before anybody bags the Orange Network, your phone will roam on Telstra's CDMA in areas outside that of the Orange coverage area, and Orange have call plans far cheaper that Telstra.

In terms of phones, the latest LG (6000 series I think) is a great phone, but I think that there is no provision to talk on it and charge it at the same time unless it is in the car kit, so could e a problem when using at home. I have an older LG which has been a great phone, but has the above limitation.
I am about to upgrade and the company my girl works for have just purchased 21 Nokia 6225 units including the genuine Nokia 'pop' car kits and they all report excellent results, so as I am due for an upgrade myself I am getting this little nokia.

The cost, well Orange sell it outright for $336 + a couple hundred $$ installed for the car kit.
In my 10+ years of owning a mobile phone, my Orange CDMA has by far been the best phone I have ever had, and I will be sticking to the Orange network in future.

My 2 cents,
Cheers,
Wayne
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Follow Up By: TonyH - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 09:52

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 09:52
LG 6000 has a cradle charger standard (contacts near the base of the phone)can't see what would hinder use of it during charging.

Big waiting list for the car kit here in country WA

Tony Harding
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Follow Up By: Swine Hunter - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 20:45

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 20:45
Hi Tony,

I meant when using the phone at home for example, can you use it in the charger? I know with my older model LG it only has a charging cradle, and no provision for talking on it while it is seated in the charger..

Cheers,
Wayne
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Reply By: Glenno - Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:49

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 at 18:49
Im running a Telstra CDMA with a 6225 for the last 4 weeks.

Optus business plans offer 15c per 30 sec calls 7am-7pm which is a good deal (they resell Telstra CDMA). Telstra business plans give you half price calls to Mobile or home phone which can be as attractive as the Optus plans.

On telstra beware the bundling of the phone in with the plan. Its cheaper to go on the repayment option with telstra,and take all of the bonuses seperatly as this works out cheaper in the long run than budling the phone in with the plan. There is no difference in upfront cost, just a state of mind change. By using the repayment option I saw close on $250 over the term.

The Car kit's for the Nokia work a treat. I havent had to leave the CBD yet so i havent been able to test the signal coverage with the external antenna.

Id leave the telstra shop behind they are a pack of pricks in my mind. I went with FoneZone and they didnt ask for proof of holding an ABN to get on the business plans etc, which cuts down the paper trail to kick the whole thing off.
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Follow Up By: Indy - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 11:26

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 11:26
Glenno,
Who did you eventually sign up with? What convinced you to go with them? By the way I looked at a non-working sample 6225 at Telstra and the screen printed lettering and numbers were coming off the face. Have you experienced this problem with yours? I liked the LG TD 6000 but the pre-paid price is a bit hard to justify; phone $649, in car kit $305, aerial $125 from Telstra. I contacted another communications specialist who handle outback communications and they pushed the Kyocera KE414C Phantom as being the only one available with an in car kit and external aerial facility even though they listed all the other brands as stock items. Then they told me to go to the Telstra shop for one because they couldn't get stock of them. They claimed the LG TD 6000 didn't have the in car kit etc. available for it. Gees where are there knowledgable salesmen/women these days. This was quite a well known firm around town.
Cheers,
Indy
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 12:01

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 12:01
Hi Indy,

The demo 6225 version you saw may have been a mock-up with screen printed numbers, but the real phones have "cut-outs" in the buttons and they light up from underneath when in use.

My previous CDMA phone was a Kyrocera and while it too had excellent performance, I prefer the menu functions of the Nokia, much more intuitive to use IMHO.

Cheers

Captain
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 18:53

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 at 18:53
Indy,

I went with the Telstra business 60 plan. I can ramp it up from there if I need to.

Repayment plan is $28 per month
less $15 member bonus
less $10 extra free calls verses bundling the phone in the plan
less 6c per minute verses bundling the phone in the plan.

It works out so much cheaper.

It would make more sense to buy the phone outright however with my work its easier to expense the phone in dribbs and drabbs rather than in one hit.

So that works for me.

I think Orange charge you 15c per 30secs surcharge if you roam onto Telstra so add that to their normal CDMA per 30sec pricing and its way more expensive than Telstra or even Optus CDMA

Cheers,

Glenn.
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