Government Justified in Delaying CDMA Closure!

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 19:10
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I have basically kept out of the Next G debate, although I purchased a Next G (Garbage?) phone on the 21/12/07.

I am experiencing drop out after drop out, whereas my wifes CDMA virtually never drops out once it has signal, no matter how remote we may be.
Now, you may ask what remote area am I trying to maintain Next G communications from?
Well try approximately 10kms (as the crow flys, & the signal travels) from maybe the third largest provincial city in Victoria, Traralgon!
I never previously experienced drop outs, from this location, with my GSM, also none with CDMA, but Next G is pitiful.

Handset is LG TU550.
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Reply By: Member - Linda M (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:05

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:05
What model phone is your Next G, Shaker? I have used CDMA and GSM in and around Traralgon for years. I just bought a Next G phone a couple of days ago. I live in Melbourne now, but will be testing out my new Next G in the Valley in the next few weeks. I will brace myself for disappointment. I will get an external antenna because it seems that Next G won't work without one once you get past the tram tracks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Linda M (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:07

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:07
Woops sorry-just read your last line with the model. Mine's a samsung.
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:37

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:37
G Day shaker,
i have kept out of the debate as well. i have a cdma pre paid i carry as a life line in the bush, fraser island and tassie where my optus business phone lacks service.
i live on the north coast of nsw where the terrain is hilly and everyone who has updated to next g is not happy.
the local nrma contractor has tried 2 phones and rejected both, a rep. is due to see them to sort out the problems but all the workers say cdma is far far better. i think the problem is line of site. this area is dotted with valleies where everything and everyone is in the bottom and there is no recepion.
i am waiting like many others for better handsets or towers otherwise i'll drop out.

regards peter
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Reply By: goldiedingdangdo - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 22:18

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 22:18
23/11/07 transferred from Optus to Telstra with the typical indian phone call. As I'd had some other issues with the Optus account and it was due for renewal (+$200 welcome credit and free phone ZTE252) decided a change was worthwhile.
If I could charge Telstra at there hourly rate for time spent either on calls or waiting for them to reply I'd have had a comfortable 2 months kicking back and enjoying being on hold, ignored or waiting for a 2nd opinion on why the phone can show 5 bars of signal strength but not connect to the network. Meanwhile my new employer provided me with a Palm Treo with Telstra (won't even begin discussion on those problems as I'm the 3rd party in the scheme)
Anyway, fortunately I had my previous Motorola c651 and although I thought the battery after 2 years would be shagged a c300. Although through GSM I can continue to communicate.
Telstra replaced the 1st 252 but then the 2nd spent all day searching for a network With 3-5 bars of signal. Faults said it had to be checked out as I may be in a week signal area, the guy at the Telstra shop in town kindly reset the channels in the CBD walked out with 4 bars of signal came back and told me this phone was also faulty as it could not find the network.
Do you think Telstra would believe this. NO WE HAVE TO HAVE A TECHNICIAN check it out, that was 3 weeks ago and only one call very low key to say there appears to be a problem and they will contact me within the week to arrang a replacement phone more suitable to regional areas. I was standing at the lighthouse in Wollongong watching my boss ring me (he couldn't see me) we then met up and 28 minutes into our meeting I got a 101 message from my boss looking for me. I have internet SMS security for funds transfers. Instantaneous SMS with code for transfer. OH NO 34 minutes later I receive SMS from National Bank, BIT LATE.

Sorry for the yelling but believe me when I receive the next call someone will be on the other end of it.

Ian
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:31

Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:31
Heading to the Vic High country this weeknd with the good old CDMA, one digital & 2 new next G phones. Will be interesting to compare reception from the out of the way hill tops :-)
Cheers Craig............
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 12:29

Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 12:29
It will be, because we have been finding that CDMA is better than it's ever been, possibly due to the bushfires.
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