Anyone got a Nokia 6385 CDMA Phone????

Submitted: Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 18:55
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I have and it's giving me the shi#*

I had been getting a week signal and calls droping out. Costing me money.

Sent the phone away to be fixed (won't go into the hassles I had being away from home) got it back today and I am told the software has been replaced. I still get a week signal when other phones in the same area are getting a full signal. ??????????????

Anyone shed any light on this one???

How's your signal strength???

thanks in advance
Andrew
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Reply By: jeepy - Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:05

Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:05
Have a look here to check if you have the latest version http://forums.overlander.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=8686

I've heard mixed reports about he 6385's some people say they are fantastic and some reckon they're hopeless.

When you have low strength and the others have high signal strength, have you tried making a phone call? The reason I ask is that on some CDMA phones you can still make perfectly clear calls with 0 or 1 bar of reception

Hope you find a fix

Cheers
Jeepy
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:28

Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:28
jeepy

how do I know what version i have on my phone????
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:42

Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 19:42
Jeepy

disregard mate, found out how to it on the site you suggested. mine shows the current version but with a few extra numbers. I figure its fine.

Doesn't explain the week signal though??? got me stuffed.

Thanks for your help
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 20:16

Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 20:16
If your comparing signal strength with other phones makes sure they are on the same network.
If its not right take it back if it still under warranty and let them have it .Its a simple test for them to measure signal strength in the work shop.Mobile phones have a high failure rate from new so you are entitled to a new one if its not right
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 20:45

Friday, Oct 31, 2003 at 20:45
Andrew,ive had a 6385 for nearly a year now and touch wood no problems yet.Took it around the large island recently on a three month trip and was amazed where we got reception.On our phone we mostly only had one to three bars but that was plenty to make calls on.On odd occasions i'd get drop outs (very annoying) with lots of bars showing but only seemed to be near major towns/cities.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 12:22

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 12:22
If you getting drop outs with the phone and it's a year old, you should check for the upgrade as well.
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Reply By: chopper - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 07:05

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 07:05
I've had a 6385 for ages now.

It was garbage until i sent it back for the software upgrade.

Q. do you have it in a leather (or otherwise) pouch. Mine drops two bars when you put it in a pouch, i put this down to the belt clip and spring being metallic and being right against the intrnat aerial.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 12:23

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 12:23
Yes I do...interesting.! will check it out.
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Reply By: bulldust - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 09:11

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 09:11
have heard nokia's generally are not that flash in cdma, i was reccomended a kyocera by a couple of specialist communication companies (also do sat phones etc). found mine works a treat, with broomstick antenna on the car the range is superb. might be worth changing over, everyone seems to buy nokia because everyone else has one (sheep syndrome). kyocera seem to specialise more in cdma than gsm
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Follow Up By: Nigel (WA) - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 16:45

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 16:45
Hi there all

Yeah you will find out that kyocera are the makers of cdma, as for the nokia 6385 i have a nokia 7250 with the camera etc..., i get better reception than that phone. My mate has the 6385 and when we travel to repair roads (wheel rut correction), i get better reception than him in most cases, now he is thinking going kyocera

4x4 is my heart, pain and pleasure, but most of all just a dream for the meantime.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 17:21

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 17:21
We had a HEAP of Kyocera's at work, most ppl bagged them, went to Nokia 6385's, most ppl very happy with them, you get good ones and bad ones.

With the warranty, I found out that if you take it back within the first week and they can find a fault they'll replace it, after that it repair repair repair, persist and it should come good, keep taking it back till their sick of youLaterally Literal
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 21:14

Saturday, Nov 01, 2003 at 21:14
hi all , my understanding is that in country areas all cdma coverage is from telstra towers, so all phones should be the same signal strength etc. at work we had ericson cdma phones and nothing but trouble, friends have those grouse little Kyocs. but have all had screen failures and other trouble. Our phones had insurance cover so we put them back in as a claim and because the model we had was discontinued, we got to choose a new one , asked a couple of 'trusted' dealers for a cost no object no bs answer and they all said the nokia was the only one that was worth a pinch. So we got new nokia 6385s and actually couldn't be happier no trouble at all and twice the reception of the ericsons. Ahh give me back my old motarola 'mini brick' analogue any day..........Life is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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