iPhone 5

Submitted: Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:11
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I was hoping someone could let me know if the soon to arrive iphone 5 will be a Blue Tick regional phone.
I am hanging out for a good blue tick phone.
Thank you for any replies,
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:22

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:22
Why don't you ask Telstra? They are the one with the NextG network which has the largest coverage of country areas.
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:00

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:00
Thanks Rod but I when I ring Telstra I can never understand the representative and the people in the shops seem to know less than everyone else.
I did hear that it was going to be Blue Tick but when looking at the phone on line the Blue Tick is not appearing.
I guess I will just have to wait and see.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 17:01

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 17:01
hi
according to a phone guru on tv the other morning the iphone 5 is going to work on the 4g network
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:43

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:43
Thanks for that. Yes I believe it will be 3G and 4G.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:34

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:34
I don't believe the Iphone 5 will be a blue tick phone. However you can fit a Smooth Talker cradle which supports an external antenna which would surpass Blue Tick reception strength etc. The Iphone 5 supports 3G and 4G and you can check your area for coverage to be sure here.

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:41

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:41
Hi TerraFirma,
Thanks for that information. Is this the one you are talking about?
How is this cradle different from others?? This is all new stuff for me.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:52

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:52
Yes Nav thats it, I haved used this in areas without reception on the iphone 4s and it works very well. The iphones dont have an ext antenna socket so this couples via proximity to improve signal. I have tested a blue tick phone with inbuilt antenna vs the iphone using the smooth talker and external antenna and it had better reception than the blue tick phone using its own antenna, this off course due to the gain capabilities of my external antenna. The Iphone 5 should be very good on its own, as the 5 is no wider than the 4 the existing smooth talker may work for the 5 as well but no doubt they will bring a new cradle out
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 10:59

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 10:59
C'mon Terra, how about a fair test!!!

You're putting an iPhone, smooth talker AND external aerial(6dB too, I suppose???) up against a blue tick phone with out any "outside assistance".

You wouldn't happen to be the that video ref from the Eagles - Cowboys game, last weekend, would you?

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:13

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:13
I just rang Telstra and they said the iphone 5 and 4s are Blue Tick phones.
I asked why the Telstra web site does not state this but she had no answer. Strange!
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:28

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:28
Bob Bob Bob, It's just a comparison. The ZTE Phone has an antenna you pull up. It has widely been referred as the best reception phone as a stand alone hence the comparison. My comments actually say quote "due to my external antenna". So I really don't know you are talking about. Eagles and Cowboys, Bob what have you been drinking..? LOL
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Reply By: ant_schomacker - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 13:01

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 13:01
It's not widely advertised by Telstra, but the current model (4s) is considered blue tick worthy... I certainly have no issues out here with it (unless I drive out of town) so I can't see why the 5 would be less capable as far a reception goes.

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 13:32

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 13:32
Thanks Ant, w
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Follow Up By: ant_schomacker - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 13:39

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 13:39
Rob,

I'm currently living in Doomadgee (about 450km NW of Mt Isa). Out here there is NO coverage outside the towns (gaps of up to 300km in some directions), but in my experience my iPhone 4s works brilliantly. I used to use one of the ZTE telstra phones, but found that my partner's iPhone 4 was getting better reception, and picking up the signal earlier than the "better" rural phone so I changed to the 4s when my contract was done and haven't looked back!

I guess the big advantage out here is that Lawn Hill NP is literally 100km down the road from me!

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:02

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 22:02
Well it certainly look like an iPhone for me.
Half your luck being close to Lawn Hill. Can't wait to get back there soon.
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Reply By: Member - silvwayne - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 20:18

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 20:18
I have a blue tick phone and the iphone 4 has as good a signal when hand held. Mine will out do it on external aerial.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 20:19

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 20:19
Why all the concern with "blue tick rated phones"???

I have an iPhone 3GS and my spouse a 4S.
Have never experienced a problem with reception in the country areas where reception is a known factor.
The newer 4S is "blue tick" rated but we cannot discern the difference between reception of either on the NextG network..

I previously used a Nokia CDMA phone with a coupling for an external aerial.
When I changed over to the iPhone 3GS (as the CDMA network was to be phased out), reception to Telstra's NextG network was initially as good as and then better after the CDMA network was shut down and the power to the NextG network increased to the current levels.

The iPhone 5 may not be any better as far as reception goes. It will operate on the 4G network which will enable faster transfer speeds than the 3G network, but reception may or may not be any better than the current one.

I am soon due to change handsets when my contract runs out, but for my use, I am more interested in the cheaper 4S than the new "bling" model and may even change to a Samsung Galaxy III if it is cheaper on one of Telstra's cap plans.

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:35

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:35
In the past I had a ZTE Blue Tick Phone (rural phone). We always compared reception with our other non Blue Tick phone which was always 'off the air' once we hit rural areas.
I do know that technology has come a long way and reception from telstra has greatly increased.
I now want to buy a smart phone that gives the best rural coverage. I am retired and just dont have the money to buy a phone and just put it in the drawer if it doesnt deliver.
Perhaps someone with an iPhone 4s can tell me how it compares with phones other travellers use!!
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:53

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 09:53
The ZTE was the phone I was comparing the smooth talker to
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Reply By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:21

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:21
Thank you everyone for your input. I find it much better to talk to people who are actually using the phones in rural areas than to talk to the Telstra reps who just dont have the experience with use.
Great site for opions. Thank you EO.
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