CDMA Lives

Submitted: Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 17:14
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Isn't it funny, telstra was so adamant that the changeover would take place on the 28th, but alas the government put the kybosh on their well meaning plans. I wonder how many telstra customers feel duded when they have signed up on a 24 month contract because the phone was "free". Many now find that the supplied phones are not capable of any service much less on par with CDMA. I eagerly await the next installment to prove my decision to change carrier was wise.

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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 17:24

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 17:24
Its not the 28th yet

Contracts with Telstra doesn't mean much to me. I have had them since 1990 when I bought my first mobile. Its neither here nor there.

My ZTE 850 'free' phone is good and I was even able to make call near Tilpa on the Wilcannia/Bourke road.

Methinks its not the NextG system so much that is crook but the plethora of crappy phones on sale which are useless.

Living in the bush so to speak, we know where the phones work and where they don't, and its not a big issue.


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Reply By: MartyB - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 17:47

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 17:47
Zodarp,
So you think you make a wise decision to change to a carrier other than Telstra. So what is this other carrier? Does it have anywhere near the coverage i get from my Next G phone? You seem very quick to bag Telstra so lets hear it, what other carrier is better than Telstra.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:24

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:24
I'm with you Marty, and Willem. I made the change to Next G and now also have my wirless broadband with telstra next G and cannot be happier. I too will be interested to hear of Zodarp's carrier and performance, or was that just lip service.
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Follow Up By: Zodarp - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:50

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:50
Why does everyone consider coverage the main issue when it comes to selecting a carrier? How about service, cost of calls and reliability. It appears that telstra has let us down on all counts. Why would you support an organisation that would like to tie you up with a 24 month contract that have neither the physical infrastructure or have suitable end user equipment available.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:54

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 18:54
Nope he's not gunna tell ya :-)
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Follow Up By: MartyB - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:01

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:01
Zordarp,
Because if you don't get coverage then the phone is useless.
If you are not in a metro area then most of the carriers in this country are totally useless Without coverage you get no service, can't make calls and have no reliability.
I ask you again, what other carrier do you use that is a wise decision to change to and also do you get coverage when you get in you 4wd & go for a drive?
You claim telstra has let us down. How did they let us down. Is providing better coverage than any other carrier letting us down?

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:07

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:07
Zodarp, if you don't consider coverage then why don't you just use a handheld UHF and enjoy that? Free plan, very reliable, and great service. Coverage is the main issue with the new phones and if you're not on CDMA or Next G or on a Sat Phone then your coverage away from the big smoke is average to crap, many places are CDMA only or Next G only. Wake up
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:14

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:14
Me thinks that Zodarp is with Globalstar ha ha ha

Who cares if they have a 24 month contract, I am actually on a 12 month one with Telstra and don't have a problem if with it.

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Follow Up By: Zodarp - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:34

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:34
Why should I use a service that would only be useful perhaps twice a year. When I get in my 4wd and go for a drive the last thing I need is someone calling me on my nextg phone. If they can't reach me on my non telstra phone they can leave a message. There seems to some compulsion to be able to make contact or be contactable within every square inch of Australia. If you feel you may become endangered or partake in risky activities then perhaps your safety blanket nextg phone may provide some comfort. However if anyone believes the telstra hype about the necessity of having a next g phone then perhaps they should wake up.

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Follow Up By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:55

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:55
It's called safety
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 20:41

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 20:41
The vast majority of the Australian land mass does not have have mobile phone coverage - where do you people go?

Mobile phones do _not_ equal safety.

EPIRB, Sat phone or HF radio are your best _chances_

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Follow Up By: MartyB - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 20:57

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 20:57
Zodarp,
Lets get this right. You have a non telstra phone which does not get service outside of Metro area. You think you made a wise decision becuase you only drive your 4wd outside of your carrier's coverage twice a year. You post on a site titled ExploreOz that you made a wise decision based on the fact that you don't actually explore oz.
I suggest you go find a knitting circle and explain to them the virtures of your non coverage phone. You might find someone there who will listen to you.
Agian I ask you, what carrier do you use? Why do you calim Telstra has let us down?

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Follow Up By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:23

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:23
Zodarp & Mike H
It just happens that while I am travelling I like to be able to communicate with my family and others. Fair enough there are places where I can't do that with my next G, but there is an awful lot of the country where I can. I can do that for $20 a month. I have yet to find the Epirb HF or satphone that allows me that range of communication at that price. I get the distinct impression Zodarp that that form of communication is not part of your lifestyle. More the pity you. And by the way, my Next G works perfectly around town too - never had a drop out or a no service in any place my old CDMA would work.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:36

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 21:36
>Fair enough there are places where I can't do that with my next G

About 90% (or whatever?) of the Australian land mass.

>I have yet to find the Epirb HF

You should check out both Amateur Radio and VKS737 or the other HF 4WD radio services.

If you mainly stay within mobile phone coverage than you won't have an issue - but you'll miss a lot of Oz.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 22:50

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 22:50
Mike H
As usual you have missed the point!!!


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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 00:29

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 00:29
You DON'T have to sign a contract.

Pay $30 on NextG Prepaid and the credit is valid for 6 months.
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:34

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:34
So Zodarp, is there some logical reason why you won't admit to who you use as a mobile phone carrier when asked (unrepeatedly) ??

I use a Samsung A412 with Telstra nextG, I pay only 11 cents per ½ minute and I'm happy with a 2 year contract as it stops them raising my call price for 2 years lol.

I don't have any phone coverage problem living down in Busselton where I have to travel up to Perth (too) often.

I really don't expect my mobile phone to work out in the middle of the Gibb River Road or Canning Stock Route any way.

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:09

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 19:09
I have been holding off for more than 6 months, but couldnt take the chance and wait for the announcment on the 21st as it was too close to shutdown day, and now they do it today, LOL, so yesterday spent many many many hrs with telstra one way and another and setup 5 new next g phones on a fleet plan, and today they say i can wait for another 3 months, and get more use out of my fantastic nokia CDMA phones.
There timing is fantastic !!! NOT.
At least they have told telstra that they have to replace any faulty handsets, that might hurt, as the report noted that most of the problems was from faulty handsets, not up to the task.
Time will tell !!!

Cheers Pesty
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Reply By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:09

Thursday, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:09
On country tv is a message from *politician* asking people who have a problem with their new NextG handset or coverage to contact him, and he will take it up with Telstra.

his addy is:-> brendongrylls.com

Mainey . . .

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