CDMA phones

Submitted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 00:39
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I intend to get a new CDMA phone, any information as to the best brand to buy, eg:standby time etc. and how do they compare to the digital phones in the capital cities.Regards Mike.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 07:38

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 07:38
Mike I use a Kyocera qcp3035 had it about a year no ploblems to date.
I get fairly good coverage allong the east coast and in the cape at bamiga lockhart river wepia coen and a few other spots.
All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Follow Up By: macca - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 16:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 16:24
Look in the recent posts for my queries re CDMA.
I tried to get the Kyocera 3035 but they are now out of production (So says Telstra) Opted for the Kyocera 2235 and wrapt in the reception I have been getting,specially seeing as I'm hearing impaired too.But leaving those with gsm for dead re reception around the traps
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 07:04

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 07:04
I saw a 3035 at a local retravision in FNQ yesterday. I've already got one and broke the glass on the screen - still works ok tho.

I think the 2235 is designed to be more robust and it also supports the new 1X networking (ADSL for CDMA :). Shame it doesn't have a scheduler like the 3035.
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Reply By: Simon - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10:03

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10:03
Mike, The CDMA has more signal for longer in most instances but seems to have a tendancy to drop out more for no reason.
Yhe Kyocera and the Nokia seem to be the only ones to buy.The nokia having a better range of accecories(mostly ythe same as the digitals) and a much better car kit. In saying that just make sure any phone you buy has an external arial socket if you intend using it in the country (or the city for that matter)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew O - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 12:10

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 12:10
The company I work for has just bought 200 nokia 6385's. I am astonished at the rate of dead on arrivals, and other problems we have had with them ... it is now common practice to remove the battery as a "cold boot" so the thing will start up.

The external antenna is important if you're using it in the country - significantly extends coverage - go to for a good range of aerials.

CheersSo much to see, too little time ...
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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 19:13

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 19:13
Work provides us with Samsung ABSOLUTE BLEEP
Message retrieval too hard
SMX can recieve cant send what a joke
Car Kit can't hear
Reception cover Telstra OKAlpaca
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 19:54

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 19:54
i bought samsun less than 6 mths ago. has already been returned for repairs,range no better than old didgital in east coast situation waste of money.
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Reply By: victatwo - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:23

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 21:23
Regarding CDMA have had a LG 150 from Telstra for the past 8 months [prepaid] very happy with the results and battery life on the whole time of at least 7 days, have had good reception when others with GSM in the fringe areas have had no luck unless they did the usual dance, stand on BBQ, walk to a different area or climb a tree.Have also aquired a magnetic CDMA in case the range is on the limit for internal aerial, can even carry it on walking trips just in case,may even have to climb a tree to increase range, so far have not needed to use is,cannot fault it so far,do not use it much like about 12 times in 6 months, one thing I find quite pleasing is that even though Telstra say you only get 3 months for your credits, as long as you are in credit, no problem, cost so far in 8 months $20 and still have about $20 credit in hand, no fancy gizzmose just down to earth and does the job,even dropped it once!!! No great fan of Telstra but they do the job,a point for parents with addicted young ones that love their phones, get prepaid, they will soon appreciate how the costs can mount.
Regards Tom the pom [ex]
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony and Helen - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 13:20

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 13:20
We have had an LG CDMA phone for last 18 months - never ever had a problem with it & it works in all sorts of places. It's been fantastic! It's put up with all kinds of abuse including being dropped several times, stood and sat on and fallen onto road when we drove off with it left on the bonnet and generally neglected. Battery holds up well - takes about 4 days to go flat (when used frequently).

Helenshe said you're
not going
down there with
me in here!
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Reply By: macca - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 15:30

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 15:30
According to Telstra they sent what remaining Kyocera 3035 to Townsville . I had them chase one up for me up there but Townsville said they had all been allocated for sale. Dick Smith are also out of stock. Thats why I opted for the 2235. It hasn't all the bells and whistles but a good easy phone to use and has data capabilities..Just a note kyocera (the company) had a hand in developing the CDMA system so I reckon they should know a bit about it
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Reply By: Member - Des - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 14:24

Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 14:24
There is quite a bit on CDMA phones in the forum archives. See, for example, post 2990.

I have a Hyundai 610e with Orange. (Don't get that model!!) Sound quality is not as good as on my old Nokia 5110 GSM phone, but I have found coverage is significantly better. Seems to get reasonable reception in buildings too - I find it better than with Telstra GSM.
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