Next G - external aerial

I have an external aerial for Next G reception on my truck. My wife and I both have Next G phones (Telstra). Both are blue tick. Hers is a Samsung, mine is a ZTE. From all reports the ZTE will give better remote reception than the Samsung. My question is this. Will I get similar remote reception from either phone when I attach it to the external aerial, or should I expect to still get better reception from the ZTE when attached to the aerial. In other words, when in those areas where an external aerial is required, should I have the ZTE attached or doesn't it matter which phone is attached.

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:55

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:55
I would think the gain would be similar , regardless of phone if both have a hard connection to the phone.
I know that ZTEs usually have a plug in the back. BTW this is not supposed to be used directly to an antenna but via an in car cradle as it is pretty flimsy.
My ZTE gives good country reception with a small (about 6CM )4DB antenna placed in the centre of my roof via my hard wired in car kit.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:59

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:59
Phillip,

Which model ZTE phone do you have and how long have you had it? Is it any good? Would you buy another one?
I am just about to go back to Telstra for rural coverage and am trying to gleen info on these ZTE phones.
Thanks, Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:12

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:12
Philip
Thanks for that. I bought the aerial and a patch lead from my local Telstra shop. They didn't mention the "flimsy" side, or that I should have an in-car kit. Franchisees I suppose, not interested in the product, only in the sale. I haven't been away since I bought it, so haven't had the opportunity to test the system. But we are leaving next week for 11 weeks in the Outback and the Kimberley. I know I am only going to get very patchy reception, but I was hoping to broaden the field, at least slightly.

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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 06:31

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 06:31
I have a ZTE 165i....it's only problem is I can not use it as a modem when using my new computer with windows 7.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 09:40

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 09:40
Mine is an old 252 flip phone, bought 05/2007.
I have been quite happy with it except it uses a lot of power with the battery only lasting 2-3 days.
I had to buy another battery a couple of weeks ago . Was terribly expensive at $12 or so including postage.

Just a word about high gain antennas. Unless you have a very good ground plane you will be able to hear a conversation but the the other end will not hear you.

I had a 7DB CDMA antenna on a gutter mount and this happened quite often in hilly country.
I have now switched to a 4 db tiny antenna in the middle of the roof after snapping the 7DB on a low building entrance, and in and out perfromance is more balanced.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:26

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:26
My ZTE165 works as a modem with Vista and XP haven't tried Windows 7..? Is that what you are saying..? 7 is the issue.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 20:46

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 20:46
Yep, I can not get Windows 7 to work on my ZTE so have cancelled it untill I get my EeePC back/XP Pro
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 20:02

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 20:02
Teege,

Can't help directly with this question however I'm running an LG TU500 which I think was released before the blue tick.
I use my old CDMA external aerial with an induction conection to the phone as opposed to a direct conection.
I haven't found much difference in reception with or without the aerial.
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Follow Up By: GerryP - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:19

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:19
We had one the same and I agree that the induction antenna made very little difference. However, some friends of ours had a later model cradle with a direct connection antenna and that certainly was much better than ours.

We have now switched the the Telstra Discovery (ZTE T7) with a high gain antenna directly connected, but have yet to try it out. Guy at work has one and even without the antenna, he was most impressed on his last trip out bush.

The antenna also fits in the Telstra broadband dongle.

Cheers
Gerry
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Follow Up By: long haired nomad - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:36

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:36
I have the same phone with an extermal broomstck aerial, and i gain an extra 3 or 4 bars with external aerial pluged in.
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 20:27

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 20:27
It's impossible to predict which will work better.

The performance of a phone is determined by the gain of the antenna and the sensitivity of it's receiver. You don't if the phone that works better on internal antenna is because it has a better antenna or better receiver.
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:14

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:14
Thanks guys. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.

teege
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:56

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 21:56
Teege
I have a ZTE t165i phone on the next G network with an old cdma antenna with direct couplling into antenna port on the back of the phone. With the antenna not connected and on the fringe of coverage with only one or two bars showing, plugging the antenna in gives me full bar reception and calls are not a problem. I can't help you with the samsung as I've never owned one. I would do a test with both phones when you know you have bad recption and plug the antenna in and see which phone is the better. Hope this helps.

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Reply By: Member - cuffs (SA) - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 08:58

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 08:58
I just purchased a Telstra T90 ZTE, connected to a 7Db external aerial on the nudge bar. No cradle plugs into the cig lighter (uses a lot of power when roaming), attatch aerial with a patch cable .

Great reception in areas I did not get recepion before in the Flinders.

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