which Telstra NEXTG prepaid mobile?

Submitted: Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 23:47
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Hi All

I found on Telstras home page 4 prepaid mobile phones, acccording to Telstra all suitable for NEXTG: LG-Optimus Spirit - Telstra Easy Call 2 - Samsung S5511T and Galaxy Y.

I am mostly interested in the one for maximum sensitivity for NEXTG (usage in rural areas). Smart phone capabilities are less important.

What is your experience with those mobile phones?

Andy
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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 07:07

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 07:07
Hi Andy

Best phone I have found so far is a Samsung 5220 and use an external aerial

They are an older model but still available for less than $100 on the net.
I bought two last month as mine is getting on a bit.

A lot of the newer phones don't take a external aerial

Don't know if you can get them as a prepaid.


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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:51

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:51
Spot on..very good with external aerial and patch lead.

Have purchased two of them to keep as "future proofing" my communications via Next G. As stated newer smart phones are not catering for an external patch lead..

exception the Samsung Galaxy S11..it has an internal patch lead socket but is not advertised as such....I have one and discovered by accident when I pulled the back off.I posted this a few months ago for those interested. ....PS the Nexus has an internal one as well
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 18:55

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 18:55
I use a Motorola Defy and will find out very soon if the blue tick is warranted.

The best phone for connectivity I've had is the Samsung 5220 (I had the A411 before that) and I'll take it with me as I travel across to Perth as a back up. For me the battery life is absolutely brilliant, the connectivity is second to none and the quality of the voice calls is good. All this without an external aerial! You can pick one of these up for less than $60 if you look around. Just remember that you have to be connected to Hellstra!
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 18:57

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 18:57
Sorry, but forgot to add that the Samsung S5511T is the next version of the 5220 so go for that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tezza Qld - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 22:00

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 22:00
I don't think the S5511T takes a external patch lead

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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 22:55

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 22:55
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 09:45

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 09:45
I have the LG Optimus Spirit. Just got it and haven't been away with it yet so can't comment on its range.
What I will say is compared to a candy bar or flip phone like my old Samsung A411, the battery life is woeful :( If I leave the data conection and wi-fi turned on its lucky to last a day... Turn all that off and just have it as a phone and 2+ days is possible with very light use. Seems to be the case for all smartphones :(

As a smartphone though its great. Have loaded apps like OziExplorer on it and it works fantastically. Wi-fi tethering for my Laptop works a treat too.

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 23:31

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 23:31
If you want coverage away from the major centres you have to go Telstra 3G
Had a Telstra 3G Samsung 5220 with a lot of reception problems – Telstra didn’t want to know about it and wouldn’t come to the party with a replacement.
Mobile phones are throw away item – I now buy Telstra’s cheapest prepaid 3G/next G mobile - with an external aerial connection (blue tick for remote areas) - the present one cost me $50 and doesn’t miss a beat. If it starts to play up it will get the chop and I will get their next cheapie blue tick 3G.
According to Telstra - if it has a blue tick for rural coverage the cheaper phones have the same reception as the expensive ones.
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Reply By: Member - Andy A (WA) - Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 21:07

Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 21:07
Hi everyone

Thank you for all your replies.

An additional question: Does TELSTRAS blue tick mean, that these phones could be connected to an external antenna? - I can't contact Telstra by phone as I live in Europe and they seem to provide only 1xxxx
phone numbers.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 21:18

Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 21:18
Andy,
No. If you want an external antenna you will have to buy a phone that has the port for it.

You will see in the replies to your post which phones have these and yes the antenna can make a big difference. Telstra have a ZTE phone with the port for the antenna. I have not kept up with the latest phones as my old Samsung A411 is a great phone in the bush and I have a brand new one if it finally fails.

RA.

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