Telstra ZTE 165i mobile phone

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 21:20
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Just returned from a trip to Cessnock NSW to see Eric Clapton play at the Hope winery. We travelled 2000km's from Merimbula, South Coast NSW through Canberra, Goulburn, Oberon, Jennolan Caves, Kanangra Walls, Bathurst, Sofala, Kandos, Rylstone, Denman, Broke and Cessnock
The 2008 NS Diesel Pajero towed the laden Jayco offroad Hawk effortlessly on cruise control at legal speeds. Wherever any reception was to had the ZTE kept us in contact. We had 5 days of relaxed fun knowing we could always be contactable. Austin
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 21:27

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 21:27
Glad to know that you enjoyed yourself in the Hunter. So the phone reception. That would have more to do with the network rather then phone?
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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 23:24

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 23:24
G'Day Austin,
We actually live not far from Cessnock, trust you enjoyed the concert.
We live in a rural situation here & have had trouble for years getting mobile phone reception at home. About 16 months ago Telstra starting pushing their phones that had the 'blue rural tick'. I thought anything would be better than the phones I of to the Telstra shop & purchased two new phones with the blue rural tick, I wont bother telling you what brand they where, but they where only marginally better than the phones they replaced....somewhat disappointing. This was about the time Telstra were have a lot of problems with the new 3G service. After several phone calls to Telstra, I had a (landline) & visit from their area manager. He came out to the property & we drove around the property testing reception/signal strength. Out of all the phones he had the best was the ZTE165 !! Mr Telstra organised a FULL refund & cancellation of the two contracts I had taken out two months previously.
When I called at the Telstra shop to pick up my 2 new ZTK's I expected they would take back the 2 'old' they didn't ask for them so I kept them....why not.
My wife was overseas last year, she had her phone with her & some how managed to loose the cover that goes over the battery, of I go to Telstra to try & get a replacement cover. Mr Telstra says that it isnt a serviced spare part, so I dropped an email to ZTK in Melbourne & by return mail I received a brand new cover free of charge...hows that for service.
Our ZTK's have given us great reception & increased coverage....even more so when we connect it upto the external antenna on or 4wd.
The ZTK isnt the smartest or best looking phone around, BUT it certainly works the best of ANY phone I've ever used.
My dear wife recently,(bless her cotton socks) she says misplaced her ZTK (I say she lost it) so I got a new sim card for one of the previously replaced phones & now she is back 'on the air'. Having the two phones together side by side the ZTK constantly has one or two more bars than the the Samsung (oops I wasn't going to mention the brand).

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 07:38

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 07:38
Which Samsung are you talking about ?

Everyone with the A411/A412 is very happy with the coverage.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 08:43

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 08:43
Very presumptive statement that "everyone with the A411/A412 is very happy with the coverage" ,,, out here the T165 / T165i = 5bars reception compared to the A411 /A412 at 3bar reception , so NOT everyone is "very happy".
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:01

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:01
Very presumptive to assume that 5 bars actually means better reception than three bars.

The engineers can design it to show the number of bars that the marketers believe will create the most sales.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 12:26

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 12:26
The point was that you state that everyone with a A411/A412 is very happy , I maintain that you are WRONG to make such a statement , it is a good phone but it is NOT the be all and end all , out here currently the T165 and its newer version the T165i get reception upto 10klm further from the tower than your beloved 411/412s , that is the ONLY thing that matters once you move away from the major population areas , signal strength and coverage , not some design for marketing.
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Reply By: psproule - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 06:20

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 06:20
For all the grumbling we (myself included) did about the closure of first Analogue and then CDMA, I have to say that the Tel$tra Next G coverage, in this region at least, is superb. I'm using a non-blue tick Nokia because I couldn't stand the look / bulk of the ZTE but have heard many reports of how good they are. Have had many bad experiences with the other brand you mention, and Telstra replaced mine on similar grounds to yours - cancelled the contract and invited me to enter a new one on a new phone. Just asked me not to whine about the new one if I didn't buy a blue-tick jobbie.
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 07:58

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 07:58
Hi Austin,

I have to agree that this particular phone works well, even though the grown up kids in the family tease me about 'the brick' I carry around now!(It is not a trendy looking phone!)

I replaced my samsung which sometimes dropped out when making phone calls from home with the ZTE165i when the Samsung ran out of contract in Feb and havent had a problem since. The signal at home has deteriorated during the last few months instead of improving which is weird.

Havent tested the ZTE away from the east coast yet, but have just returned from a quick trip to Coffs H from Ulladulla and had no problems (as you would expect).

Leaving next week for nearly 6 months away to the west from here so will be much better able to comment on its coverage when we return in late august.
Heather G

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Reply By: Bryan (WA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:51

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:51
I have one of the new ZTE 165i phones also - Im very impressed with the coverage it has - much better than the previous 3G flip phone I have (now my wifes phone :-) ).
there are a coupe of places in Perth I drive to and from work through, that I loose reception and drop out the call, but the 165i doesnt loose reception (or drop the call) in the same places, so Im happy.
The antenna section makes it a bit more awkward when its in your pocket of your pants ( are u glad to see me or is that a phone in your pocket).
as mentioned previously, it isnt a feature rich phone when compared to the smart phones, but the better coverage capability makes it better for what I want it for.
I'm yet to find a GPS program for it to make use of the AGPS that has.

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Follow Up By: arofs1 - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:55

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:55
I too have just received a ZTE 165i phone from Telstra for my new 2 year contract. Two years ago they gave me a Samsung A501, and the performance did not excite me.

When I received the ZTE 165i initially the large size surprised me, even though I read the dimensions before I ordered it, but it sounded good in performance and extras in my research.

As performance is what I am interested in, the positive comments in the above threads makes me happy. We travel bush a bit and the extra coverage will make us feel a bit more secure.

Question 1: Can I make a patch lead to connect to my UHF vehicle antenna for difficult reception areas in an emergency.

Question 2: I am interested in further comment concerning AGSP programs etc. My initiial test of the AGPS gave a false reading for altitude. It showed 47M above sea level and we are only about 10 metres above and I know that is accurate as the sea is at the back door.

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Follow Up By: Bryan (WA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 21:52

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 21:52
Hi Brian DJ,

you can buy the car kit for it I believe, which would have the correct connector which connects to the antenna socket on the back of the phone. you could go to a mobile communications company like Motorola (thats where I went once to get the exact same thing for moy firsrt car kit and they even happily shortened the coax for me and put the connector on).

I have only ever turned the AGPS on and had it display the location - it could have been 10km out as I didn tthink to reference against my handheld GPS - something I will do on the weekend I think :-)
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 12:23

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 12:23
Don't expect accurate data on altitude. Even a quality dedicated handheld GPS has trouble.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:03

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:03
I live about 10km out of Cessnock and the only coverage we have is Telstra (Next G or 3G or whatever), and we get 3 bars of signal but it all works well. My son has Telstra (or Bigpond) Wireless which also gets about 3 bars but works well for him.

I have the Samsung phone with the little antenna and it has been good here and quite a few other places I have travelled, and am happy enough with it. I did have a ZTE beforehand and it was OK as well.

As an aside ... I also went to the EC concert at the Hope winery. Fantastic. Luckily for me it was not far away so I did not have to travel as far as you did.

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Follow Up By: Austinm - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:55

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:55

I travelled with the antenna out and the phone clipped to the dash map. The speaker phone is excellent so there is no need for a 'hands free'.
My wife and I were able to share conversations with our loved ones at ease.


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