cdma phone coverage

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 09:38
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can anyone tell what the cdma phone coverage is like traveling from w.a through s.a strzlecki , innamincka. cheers
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 10:32

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 10:32
The words bleep Poor come to mind.

Telstra CDMA coverage maps
Postcode for Kalgoorlie is 6430, and zoom out from there.

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Follow Up By: maroni - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 10:47

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 10:47
cheers thanks for that..crap isn,t it all the money teltra have made from us think that would be at bit more advanced in technology..
cheers once again
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:13

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:13
maroni, compare it to the GSM network, then you'll see why you use CDMA. What extra money? Telstra charges me the same rates for my CDMA as it does for GSM.

One thing that map show though it how important it is to have an external arial on your CDMA phone!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:15

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:15
"One thing that map show though it how important it is to have an external arial on your CDMA phone!
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Cor blimby what was I dribbling there!!

Hang on I'll try again:

One thing that map shows though, is how important it is to have an external arial on your CDMA phone to get the most out of it. ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:25

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:25
Yeah but pity non of the new Nokias accept an axternal arial!! They are all re-radiating arials and nokia state they are not compatable with the clark 126 car kit!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:28

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:28
Nokia are not very "up there" with CDMA. Motorola and Kyocera are probally the two to chose from. The higher end LG's have external antennas too.

When I bought my CDMA I had the same problem, even the older Nokias did not support high gain antennas through car kits. That's why I went motorola... Been bloody good too, don't regret it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:48

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:48
Nokia are doing themselve a disservice on what they state in their website. I have the Nokia 6225 and the website says it doesn't support a proximity antenae, yet the sales rep supplied my genuine car kit with one and I can get over 90 kms range from a base station. Go figure?

How many other Nokia phones are capable of using a high gain antenae but Nokia don't advertise it?

Cheers

Captain
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Follow Up By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 16:58

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 16:58
I'm with Jeff:
Motorola and Kyocera are the ones we use.
Car areail and in-car kit are, in my opinion, essential.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:05

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:05
Hi AVA,

I had a Kyrocera with full car kit before I got the Nokia 6225. The performance between them was esentially identical, but the Nokia had far more user features (camera etc...).

Both are good phones and I was not expecting the Nokia to be as good range wise as it only had the proximity connector, unlike the Kyrocera "plug in" antenae. Was suprised how good the proximity connector was, but others have had different results on other model Nokia phones.

Fully agree that aerial and car kits are essential.

Cheers

Captain
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Reply By: maroni - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:36

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 11:36
money? meaning the rates we are charged for any phone service,and the profits that are made.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 14:33

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 14:33
I bought a Patch Lead from this source on Ebay and had it fitted to external aerial (Laser UC9SF-800-259) for my Nokia 6225.

Patch Lead cost under $30 (same as one advertised) delivered and aerial and fitting $150.
The Patch Lead for 6225 differs to the picture shown but I am assured it does the job.

Pedro
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Reply By: pjd - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 15:28

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 15:28
about as good as collingwood winning this years grand final
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Reply By: Member - John C (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:38

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:38
Look at the coverage maps as posted above.
Was out there last October, lost coverage at Lynbdhurst and picked it up again at Windorah.
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Follow Up By: Member - John C (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:42

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:42
Opps, forgot to add that Thargomindah is last coverage on the Strezlecki.

The public phone box at Birdsville opposite the pub works well too!
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (SA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 22:24

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 22:24
If you don't mind me asking, what is a new 6225 worth, plus the car kit?
I have got a 2280 and get reasonable coverage, but would love to upgrade to somwthing that supports a car kit

Cheers Patrick
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:07

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:07
Hi Patrick,

It really depends on what deal you can get. The retail price for the Nokia car kit is around $250 + antenae (~$150 with prox module). But the kit is often on special for $49. As for the phone, it varies from shop to shop, but would expect to pay a few hundred unless you sign up for a plan.

Cheers

Captain
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Follow Up By: Member - Patrick (SA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:16

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:16
Cheers, might have to upgrade soon, those prices are'nt to bad

Patrick
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Follow Up By: Member - Robyn J (QLD) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:55

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:55
We have a 2280 and was told no car kit available but we were able to purchase one from Olbis Rocklea QLd and we have just done all of Western Australia with coverage in a lot of the areas that are listed on the CDMA Maps. Definately worked in the car with the aerial but not in the camper at night in some of the places where we could get in the car. We couldnt at the time get by the best aerial and had to get a duel CDMA/GSM but it gave us good coverage in lots of places.When we get to upgrade the2280 all we have to do is change the cradle of the hands free kit. Being able to get the calls while driving, we had the speaker in the middle of the car so that the navigator or driver could talk was certainly the way to go.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:20

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:20
Nokia 6225 on a $20X24 month plan is $0 through Telstra.

In c ar kits available from ebay on the site mentioned above in my earlier post.

Pedro
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Reply By: Tony N - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:31

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:31
I have just upgraded my Nokia 2280 to a 6625 and what a lot of difference I was unable to use the 2280 in the house but the 6225 has good reception.
I was also told by Telstra that the phone was not suitable for an external antenna.

Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 10:12

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 10:12
I travel a great deal in the outback including punting my OKA across the Centre from Broome to NSW and back via various routes at least once a year - mostly to give seminars at CMCA Rallies.

I've found that the Telstra maps that show CDMA coverage to be surprisingly accurate. In essence outback coverage is almost non-existent outside most population centres (as the maps show). I would add that an external antenna will extend the range where coverage exists - but for a lot of OZ there's none at all.

Right now satellite is the only convenient telephone system - HF radio is fine but does not offer the convenience or immediacy of a satphone.
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: carson - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 22:49

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 22:49
i have an old 6385 on a patch lead to an external ariel ,im loathed to change it because of the lack of external ariel ports on nokias .
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