Help, whats the best next G phone to buy outright for $100-$150

Submitted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:37
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Hi All
We are looking for a next G phone for a rural area with pretty good coverage but not always.
We are willing to pay $100-$150
We prefere Nokia but does not have to.
Any ideas / comments or recs?
Regards'GN
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:00

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:00
Telstra 165 otherwise known as ZTE165. Tough as. Great coverage but some say "How ugly, it isn't a flip phone and it doesn't match anything I wear on the catwalk". But it can make and receive calls very well.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:21

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:21
Hi AJB
thats the kind of ph i want and thanks for the comment
Is it not a big big? or not?

KInd regards
GN
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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:25

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:25
Dont really find it a bit big, but I have had Motorolla 9660 in the old days and that was big, but tough! The 165 has been underwater for about 4 hours, only found it by ringing with another and it still works. Been dropped hundreds of times onto concrete, into sand, fallen off the back of the ute and the only thing that doesn't work is the camera now. I have a Kodak or cannon or something for that anyway! Had a samsung but it was useless out of town and at the time the 165 was the best. Whatever you get should be 'blue tick'.
I'm pretty tough on phones being involved on the construction industry. The onlys ones that have survived for any length of time have been this one and a semmens one I had once (GSM). The 9660 lasted longer than the network (analogue)!
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:12

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:12
G'day GN


Samsung 411 or 412. I have a 411 prepaid and am satisfied with it


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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:18

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:18
Ditto.
They work very well in the country.
You can get a prepaid 411 for $99 - it's locked to Telstra network. The 412 is the same but bought outright on a plan and not locked. The colour of the keypad on the 411 is better than the 412 (easier to see the numbers).
They have a proper coaxial external antenna connection as well.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:24

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:24
Hi Willem and ditto

Will look at these

Partner has 711, we got on special 8 weeks ago for $100 and its pretty good.

We wonder if a candy bar (not flip top) type is better for a rural / harsh enviroment?

I hve not yet looked at the 411 to see what type it is.

Regards
GN

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:46

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:46
If you want to use it in the country make sure it is a "blue tick" phone.

I have the F165 which was exchanged for my old Samsun 701 sold to me on the basis that it was the best available for country use.

Telstra listened to my concerns that I had not got the best possible phone for country use.
Found this site which may be of assistance

Cnet look at Telstra Blue Tick phones

The 165 has been superceded by the 165i

Pedro
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:47

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:47
Another vote for the Samsung 411/412

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:12

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:12
We moved to 411 after a candy bar phone and i believe it is better for harsh enviroment (being ones pocket) , as its naturally closed and this reduces dust ingress.

Also you don't need to find your glass to push a button to use it , just up flip to answer calls and flip closed to end calls.

411 is a winner but might be hard to find , I thought they have just recently been superseeded.

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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:27

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:27
Another vote for the 411/412
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:31

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:31
Just talking to better half and she was tolfd today in 2 phone shops that the smasung 411 / 412 are no longer made / available???
Any comments

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GN
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Follow Up By: Rossc0 - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:00

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:00
Also vote for the 411/412.

Several available on evilbay.

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Follow Up By: Kurd - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:02

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:02
The Samsung A412 is still available at Telstra online on the $20 plan, however, it's one of the few listed that doesn't have an outright purchase price.

Someone mentioned earlier the Telstra 165i (which is actually a rebadged ZTE). Well, that is well outside the price range you quoted in your original query. The 165I is $679.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:41

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:41
Another vote for A411/412
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:16

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:16
Ditto

I bought a Samsung.

Wife has an LG and it is nowhere near as good as the Samsung.

I originally had a ZTE. That went in the rubbish bin where it belongs. I put the sim card from the ZTE and bought a pre-paid Samsung. Put my sim card in that.



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Follow Up By: Terry 12 - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 15:43

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 15:43
Australia Post has the Samsung A411 pre-paid with Telstra Next G for $79-00 with some credits.

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:04

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:04
Knowing nothing about phones I just signed up on a $20 plan (24 months) which comes with a "blue tick" next g phone from Telstra.It is a T7 or Discovery phone which has a 3 mp camera and all the other bells and whistles that I will never use.It has $I5 worth of calls plus a free hour of calls which you can choose which hour you want.Seemed ok for me but Iwill know better after my trip north in a couple weeks time.
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Reply By: Member - Clare S (NSW) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 11:45

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 11:45
I have been looking and Telstra no longer have the Samsung 411 prepaid
Clare
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Reply By: Gronk - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 13:24

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 13:24
I have the LG 550 and no complaints...works a little bit better in marginal areas with the 9db thru glass antenna as well..
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