please help explain next g coverage

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 20:51
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as above, i have had my cdma phone for three years now, could sit in the family room of my house and have full signal. yesterday morning got up, went to make a phone call, no signal. rang telstra, not them, must be my phone they said. ok went and plugged it into cradle in the car in the driveway full signal. given them the benefit of the dought., i rang one of my employees and asked him to come down to the house, (he has cdma as well) guess what no signal. today borrowed other employees phone and brought it home tonight, you guest it, no signal. so why one day and not the next.
if i walk out the front yard i can see two phone towers.
i cant get any sense from telstra.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:01
Perhaps they aren't Telstra towers you can see?
Perhaps they have had a practice CDMA turn off? I remember someone in Scandinavia was practicing riding his bike on the opposite side of the road before they switched sides. He died.

Who can get any sense from Telstra, it took several phone calls last week to get my ISDN systems switched so I could still use the email addresses and turn off ISDN. ISDN is still working:-(((( Fortunately the emails are too :-)
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:01

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:01
CDMA here today gone tomorrow, well the 28th anyway, but in your case maybe 13 days early?
You best borrow a Next G ph and see if that works.
If it does you better hitail down to your lovely telstra dealer and upgrade all of your CDMA phones for the nextG range.
Been continplating this move for months but bit the bullet today and got 5 new ones, so anyone who wonts some perfectly good CDMA phones, cheap,they are on the market!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:04

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:04
So do the 5 new ones work?
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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:15

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:15
wife has next g and woks ok, our new next g phones are on there way. my problem is, it should be working till at least the 28th. and it would be nice to have some honesty from them if they did turn the signal down.
i spoke to the optus rep today also, she told me that optus should have access to the next g service with in 18 months.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:27

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 21:27
Did the deal today John, but dont get phones until next week.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 22:17

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 22:17
Somehow I doubt that old Sol will be letting Optus or anyone else onto the network.
That was the major point in developing Next "G" was to produce an exclusive product that allowed Telstra to maintain margin.

If they do let anyone else into the network it will be at quite a price. :-)
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Reply By: Member - Derek L (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 23:41

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2008 at 23:41
G'day Shane,
I do a lot of work out in the South Western region of QLD. I have two next G phones, a work one and my own personal phone. My work next g is a Telstra ZTE HOPELESS. My personal next g is the new Nokia 6120 classic. I take both of them with me all the time and the Nokia has a much better signal or full signal when the other has none. I also live in a signal "black spot" my old CDMA, my wifes old digital and my work next g had nothing but our new personal nokias are great inside, near full range. Also if you are currently using or have an nokia hands free kit in your Patrol you can get an aftermarket cradle from Force which works even better if you are using an external antenna. Also I use a next g turbo mobile internet card which is great inside and out West. As for no signal I did get some sense from a pretty switched on telecommuncations guy not a phone salesman that the towers are not running at full signal until the 28th.

Good luck with it all.
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 00:02

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 00:02
The ZTE I have isn't worth two squirts of.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 07:57

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 07:57
Derek, the Nokia phone, force cradle and the Nokia car kit will only work together is the car kit is Bluetooth, the only cable connecting the cradle to the car kit is the charge cable.

Two things that bugged me with the car kit is lyn and all the guys who work for us have Nokia 6120's and I have a E51, the cradles suits the 6120 only soI have to do a slight mod for the charging plug so now we can use either phone in them.

The other is when the phone is in the cradle running bluetooth with the phone seeing the car kit is the back light goes out after 30 seconds (you can adjust upto 90 seconds), found a bit of software the enables the phone to stay lit up and keygaurd off when pluged into the charger on the car kit.

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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:29

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:29
Richard where did you get the software to get the screen to stay on when in the cradle?
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 18:27

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 18:27
Peter I can't tell you that.......I can sell it to you for .....lets see.....$50.00.

Send me your email address and I will send it to you, oh and it's a hugh file about 60Kb I think.

I would love to tell you where I got it from but can't remember where I stumbled on it, I know some sites wanted 14 euro for it and I found one with it for free.

At the moment Im trying to get Tomtom mobile 6 working but have not got a clue to how to load it or make it run.

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Follow Up By: Member - Derek L (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 21:30
Olcoolone, Thats great to know you have the software to keep the light on the 6120 I would like to have that feature if it is possible could you please email it to me. Also have you heard of any software that is out that can reduce the bl...dy ecko that you get when someone calls me while I'm using the bluetooth.
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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 08:10

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 08:10
Derek the echo was caused by a software issue in the phone or car kit, ring Nokia up and ask about the firmware update that fixes it.

Im trying to find this software for the light...but do you think I can, I thought I had it on my computer but can't find it and I had a look for the web site that had it for free...I know it is out there somewhere.

Just loaded Tomtom Mobile 6 with Australian maps last night....looks good but haven't got a Bluetooth GPS yet.

Do a search for Symbian S60 version 3 software, Symbian is the phones operating system much like XP is on a computer and S60 is the Nokia platform, version 3 is the latest version software and some version 1 and 2 stuff don't work

Regards Richard.
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Follow Up By: Member - Derek L (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 21:53

Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at 21:53
Olcoolone, thanks for the help Richard. I'll call up Nokia.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 01:52

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 01:52
shane,

Maybe some new construction in the neigbourhood has blocked the signal?

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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 08:21

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 08:21
have you got a radio station near by? at our old joint we had one a few undred meter away in another street and its tower interfered with our phone on and off....also with the telly and the house phone too! dunno how to help....

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 10:11

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 10:11
My CDMA has been at half strength signal for a month now, it rarely gets up over 60 %. The system is close to being history now so theres no point getting worrried about the lack of service. Its probably being scaled down to scale the
Netx G up for the 95% of users that have paid the money to use the new system. Shane, it sounds like you have gone to a heap of trouble for something that will be all over in a few days. Michael
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Reply By: Member - shane (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 22:28

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 at 22:28
thanks for replies all.
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