What's model mobile phone

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Hi, what model of mobile phone works the best on the Telstra Next G network.
We have the sim but need to buy a new mobile for when we go around aus. What are people using?

Thanks, Tim
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:02

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:02
Samsung A411 or A412, basic phone but excellent performer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil G (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:35

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 12:35
We use the Samsung as well with good results. It also has a plug so you can use an external antenna if you want extra range.
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Follow Up By: RodnSue - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:08

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:08
Am not sure if the Samsung A411 or A412 can still be purchased new, but we have just been through the process just this wk with buying a new pre-paid next G ph that can be used as a modem for the computer when away. Samsung c5220 was maybe an option. Don't go to Telstra as they knew nothing on this ph as a modem. JB High fi were extremely helpful & had a demo Samsung c5220 already charged. Literature enclosed in box states "Use your next G pre-paid Mobile to get the internet on your computer". Telstra or Dick Smith couldn't access this info by simply opening a boxed ph which is where the info was found very quickly. ( apparently now illegal ??). This ph also has a plug in port for external antenna, which some mobiles don't have.
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Sue
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Follow Up By: Faulic_McVitte - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:19

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:19
All NextG phones have a built in modem. To use for Internet on your laptop you need to buy a Data Pack from Telstra.

Nothing illegal at all about using your phone as a modem to access the Internet.
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Follow Up By: RodnSue - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 15:00

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 15:00
Faulic_McVitte

apparently opening the box is illegal.
Telstra staff could learn a lot from this forum, I learnt the very same thing from this forum re using mobile for modem with data pack
cheers Sue
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Reply By: Faulic_McVitte - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:15

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 13:15
Telstra ZTE phones with external aerial socket out perform all other brands of phones.
Suggest you look at purchasing dedicated NextG aerial and patch lead.
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Follow Up By: nsngood - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 16:40

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 16:40
I have a telstra ZTE phone for work and my own nokia (e51). In country areas i wont get reception with ZTE and end up using the nokia.
I dont use either for internet so cant comment on that side.
I can be on the ZTE and it will drop out. Pick up the nokia and ring back no problems.
We have three people doing the same run as me and they all have the same problem. ZTE no good Nokia good
We all use the ZTE in car kits and the nokia on its own.
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Follow Up By: nsngood - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:32

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:32
I should have mentioned this is in rural wa within 800 kms of Perth
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:34

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:34
We have a Nokia Next G phone and travel with a mate with a ZTE, and it only gets half the reception that my old 6120 did and now I have a 6720 and that is better again, admitedly there is a fair price difference but you only get what you pay for.
We are in SA north.
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: Outa Bounds - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 15:26

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 15:26
We live in an area where we can only get next G reception and not very well.
I can vouch that the Samsung A411 works well and if you're after something a bit slimmer the Sony Ericsson W508 is almost as good...takes a bit longer to get signal sometimes so that's why I say almost, our reception is such that we have to use the mobiles outside for best results!
A friend who lives in a worse area found that some model Nokia works best, she's tried both the above phones as well. Unfortunately I don't know which model Nokia but I know she had to buy it herself outright. Not sure if it was an older model or not sorry.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:54

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:54
Nokia 6120 works well too, we used to use a data pack but since Telstra dropped the price of the mobile broadband as we can bundle it was cheaper to use the dongle.
Something to be aware of is that when using the mobile for data it only takes and hour or so to flatten the battery.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:38

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:38
Hi, With our new Nokia 6720 it charges when connected to the laptop or Desktop, which is good , The 6720 only takes about 45 mins to charge as well.
I had a 6120 before but that didn't charge from the laptop or desktop..
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: lizard - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:58

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 17:58
We use a LG TU550 - performs as good as my brothers ZTE ... I don't use it for internet - I have a Telstra turbo wireless modem for that
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:01

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 18:01
Telstra T165i
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:46

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 19:46
Yeah my T165i is my distance phone and it works well. I use an Iphone for town, I believe the new Iphone 4 will have excellent reception, they have a new internal chassis that also acts as the antenna.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 22:48

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 22:48
Telstra only seem to give the Blue tick if you can directly attach an external aerial cable. I have the ZTE Telstra 16 country brick, works well, very robust as well. It is also absurdly expensive for a brick.

Nokias work better (hand held) though, as I have found standing next to people who have a Nokia.
External aerials do add significantly to the range and it is possible to get passive car kits for the Nokias with an external aerial.

Telstra just don't seem to get on with Nokia, perhaps Nokia won't give them as good a deal as other manufacturers!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:00

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:00
They 'blue ticked' the Nokia 6120, it had no external antenna connector.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:11

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:11
Thank you I am corrected
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 19:09

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 19:09
No Blue ticks for 6120 - you do need external aerial capabilty for that.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:21

Saturday, Jun 12, 2010 at 23:21
Interesting that nobody has recommended an Iphone!
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Follow Up By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 06:32

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 06:32
I don't recommend an I phone!

My wifes brand new Iphone was considerably out performed by a Samsung 411 and a HTC 165i.

In my experience in the SW the Samsung with patch lead and telstra external aerial is the best performer. Has got me a bar or 2 on a couple of occations enabling me to contact RAC in Margaret River to come rescue a stranded tourist!

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 10:06

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 10:06
Would second that I have an Iphone and a 6120.

We are in a bad reception area at Coffs Harbour at present

With the two phones sitting on the bench the Nokia has 4 bars, the Iphone 1-2 at best.

Same when travelling Nokia far outperformed the Iphone.

Conclusion:- The Iphone is a city phone and definitely not an outback phone.

Only reason I have the Iphone is that Big Brother Telstra gave it to me.

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Reply By: usguys07 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:34

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:34
Thanks everyone for the good info. I have dedided to buy a Nokia 6720 and use a re-radiating antanae to get some extra cover.
Thanks again, Tim
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