Best NextG Phone with external aerial

Submitted: Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 22:37
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Looking for a next G phone for the 4WD

My wish list
1. A cradle so it can charge in the car
2. I can see the screen whilst driving to indicate if i have signal or not...i.e. no stupid screen savers or clocks.....signal level is much more important....
3. The screen backlight can be selected to be on all the time whilst in the cradle so I can read it during the day or at night
4. It will accept an external aerial preferably hardwired but I may consider a passive if people here find they function well.
5. The battery life is in days not hours...fancy colors screens are not required....
6. Blue tick (Regional/Remote) certified or equivalent

I will have an external aerial on the bullbar for the phone & run the cable back thru the firewall.

Oh & I just need to make phone calls on it & SMS, that's it!

I've been happy before with Nokias, but I don't think they have one at the moment with an external aerial connection. The advantage of a Nokia is that the crade has an insert that can be changed with new models so i have been told.....

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Reply By: greybeard - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 22:56

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 22:56
not exactly what you asked for but we use a samsung a411 with a rfi cd2195 bullbar mount antenna.
i put the a411 in the cosole next to the handbrake.
just back from a couple of weeks around the pilbara and it worked a treat.
phone cost $99 and the antenna cost me $120
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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 00:16

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 00:16
I'm looking for a NextG capable phone too. I like the A412 but what about the others on the Telstra website?

- Telstra Easy Touch Discovery - flip phone and can have direct coupled car kit.

- LG KF390 - flip phone, not sure about external antenna
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 08:04

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 08:04
My method.....

Nokia E51 (or 6120 classic similar)
Force cradle for charging
Blueooth Car Kit.
RFI antenna on BB

All works OK....haven't noticed much difference between my old CDMA with hard wired antenna..

Good luck finding a simple phone without all the trimmings. They don't make them anymore. They've just about all got cameras, internet, mp3....blah, blah, blah


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Reply By: Von Helga - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 08:36

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 08:36
The Telstra Samsung 411 with DC charging cable and ext Antenna (Ant $129.00 Cellit Ebay) does me just fine.
Whem I'm in the bush I don't use a cradle, only interested in outgoing calls/text.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 09:08

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 09:08
Another for the Nokia 6120 + force cradle+ bluetooth+ antenna of your choice.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 09:16

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 09:16
Yeah, make that three for the Nokia setup.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 10:19

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 10:19
Make that 4 but ran out of signal less than 40k out of Coober Pedy when heading north.

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:58

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:58
I did lots of research after dropping my last phone in a bucket of water!

My first aim was to get one with THE BEST COVERAGE.

Then... I looked at all the features.

I found a few U-beaut phones, but the A411 was reputed to be the best coverage... I decided to get one.

It is dirt cheap to buy outright, so if you lose it's not the end of the world.

Big numbers as you dial.... great.

Stumpy little aerial.... sticks in your pocket... but you don't lose it so easily.

I'll wait for the U-beauts to drop a little in price.

So far, in my travels, I have barely ever found a place where this tuff little fone duznt work! :-]]

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Reply By: dieseltojo - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 18:51

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 18:51
Same here for the 411,I had telstra block off the internet as I never use it and that is the biggest money drain.

Regards Paul.
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Reply By: Inkbandit79 - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 21:40

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 21:40
I went into the telstra shop last week and asked the same question, they have one called the T6 which should have a hard wired hand's free kit ready in by the end of the month. Some one said on aprevious post a few days ago that the samsungs are no longer in production. might have to check that one out but?
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Reply By: StormyKnight - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 22:10

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 22:10
Thanks for all the replys....perhaps the T6 will be the answer?...

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Follow Up By: Chaz - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:27

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:27
Hi StormyKnight,
Check out the Telstra 165i Country Phone if you get a chance. Not the prettiest or smallest phone on the market, but will do every thing you want. Much better quality than the earlier ZTE phones were and it has a decent speaker and battery life.
I use it with the old CDMA antenna and Bluetooth, just needed to buy a new cradle.
Very happy with this phone and in many instances, I’ve had signal when nobody else has.
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