NextG Aerial

Submitted: Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:00
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Hi All,

I am looking at getting a external aerial for my little pre-paid Telstra phone that goes travelling with us when we go away. We regularly go camping at this place and I always have to drive 15-20 min to get reception with Telstra NextG.

From my research I can get a patch lead for the phone (LG with the blue tick) but my question is and I know it might be very hard to answer but will a external aerial save me that 10-15min drive probably around the 20km mark? I have read that they make a huge difference but no where can I find hard data with figures aerial vs no aerial, and what is a huge difference? I guess I am after real life examples of where you didn't have a aerial and then you got one and the difference that was in how much further you could go before your phone dropped out.

At the end of the day it’s a cheap experiment if it doesn’t work, $25 for the lead and probably $130 for a aerial vs my original plan of getting a Inmarsat pre paid sat phone.

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Reply By: snoopyone - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:48

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 12:48
Read thread 86126

I have the RFI and an inductive car kit and it works for me despite some fierce criticsism on that thread

The RFI 2195 is about $130 and the car kits vary depending on whether yourphone has an aerial connection or not

So yes it will make a difference, how much depends on the location and other factors.
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Reply By: jothefw - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:02

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:02
I ran a LG with an external aerial etc for a few years and I can honestly say it made little difference. Sorry.

We're in a very marginal coverage area and I'd hoped it would make a lot of difference but sadly it didn't.

The only difference was sending or receiving text messages (which obviously requires just a blip of good signal).

My husband now uses a iPhone and even without it being connected to the booster cradle it's far superior for coverage.

I guess it will come down to how marginal your area is?
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Follow Up By: snoopyone - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:28

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:28
Sadly I have the opposite

Had a Nokia 6120 that got good reception on its own and even better with the ext aerial.

Changed to an Iphone 3GS to my sorrow as it has nowhere near as good a reception as the Nokia.

Can put both side by side and the Nokia has 2 bars,the Iphone NONE
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:11

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:11
Difference between getting a call of and not, huge. I have a Telstra 165i (my emergency phone patched to a marine Next G antenna) and we can make calls from the boat at places where reception is marked as not available. The marine Next G antenna is not any better than your standard external product.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:50

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 13:50
I found that an external antenna made a huge difference to my NextG reception, using a blue-tick Samsung 411, which has a proper antenna connector.
Prestige Comms have a good range and good mail order service. Mine was an Axis 6dB, and cost $69. Not much to lose if you're dissatisfied, or if you trash it. Also use it for my NextG internet. Only issue with the cheapie is that the spring base has rusted, otherwise fine. They have real GME versions for $109, and Axis 9dB for $134.
Others will contradict me, but I earlier had a Nokia with an inductive patch lead (no connector on the Nokia) and it made absolutely no improvement to the reception. I think this is what you have to use with iPhones.

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Follow Up By: Member - Niss42 - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 14:17

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 14:17
G'day Troll

This is another one to consider:-

Give Stan an email stating what you wish to achieve, prompt replies and good to deal with, I have just received today, a patch lead and adapter to suit my NextG phone.

Just a satisfied customer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 16:16

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 16:16

Thanks for the tip I got onto Stan via email and he responded within the hour with the info I needed. Great customer service indeed
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Reply By: guy007 - Monday, May 09, 2011 at 15:10

Monday, May 09, 2011 at 15:10
Hi Troll,
I am using an OMNI 3g antenna for both next g wireless broadband and telstra next g mobile using a Samsung 5220.
It is a compact easy to use aerial and easily moved from car to boat to van to house etc.
They are available from
Have a look
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