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Mobil phone services
Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 15, 2006 04:27AM
I know I should STFF but things change.

I don't understand anything about mobil phones. Only that I have two different providers (Nextel & T-Mobile) and at various time both suck.

Is the phone the determining factor in reception, I thought it was the network. Can phones be upgraded to improve reception in a @#$%& (mountainous are) network?

Would a new improved (hate that phrase) phone be an option. What actually determines the quality of the service, the signal or the phone?

And last, can a (super)phone -if such a thing exists - move a network from marginal to acceptible service?

The questions leave little out, I live in the mountains surrounding the San Fernando Valley, depend on my cell phones and have been let down with reception.

Suggestions?



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: pinion
Date: February 15, 2006 05:27AM
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 05:31AM
why is he bending his left fingers like that? Who grabs things by their very end fingertips?



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 15, 2006 05:57AM
Those things weighed about six pounds and didn't bounce all that well. ;)



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: February 15, 2006 06:58AM
See if you can find a dealer who will let you take some loaner phones home and test the signals. Other than a neighbor who has already tried out the different carriers & phones, that's probably the best way.

When I was getting rid of Sprint (the Devil IMHO), I went to a Suncom (AT&T's southern branch, now Cingular) store and asked them if they has coverage at the lake. They offered me a loaner phone (before I signed any contracts) to go test it out. Most other dealers would just say "Sure!" to get you into their 20-year contract.
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: microchip13
Date: February 15, 2006 07:14AM
In a given area, like T-mobiles, they have their street level coverage maps, if you are in what should be a good reception area, then it's the phone.

Alot of phones unfortunatly have very bad reception.

Unfortunatly, doing some places, where they do not have cell towers put up, then you would get less than desirable reception in general.

If you are looking for a new service, try Cingular out, if your often in rural areas they will probably have decent coverage there provided you have a decent phone(Like a nokia).



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 07:45AM
exactly my point, if he grasped it better, it would not drop.

I was not affluent enough to have that model, I had a bag phone. I many ways superior to today's crappy phones, IMO.



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: February 15, 2006 07:51AM
It's both the phone and the network, but the network is usually the biggest problem.

If you like in a mountainous area, there aren't going to be any phones that give you perfect service.
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: February 15, 2006 08:10AM
SteveJobs Says.:
I had a bag phone. I many ways superior to today's crappy phones, IMO.

Damn straight!
Those things put out Five watts!
Todays phones put out milliwatts.

I disagree with your network assertion MGS, Nokia phones will have rock steady reception where other phones get a "No Network" indication.

BGnR
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: Michael
Date: February 15, 2006 08:15AM
We have Tmobile; our house is on the edge of a tower signal, so your question is one I've wondered about as well.

FWIW, last year we had 3 different phones at one time on our family plan (Moto V300, Samsung E105, Nokia brick ?). The Moto and Nokia had a much better signal than the Samsung; as I recall, there wasn't any substantial difference between them.
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 09:02AM
brnr -

I am probably going to acquire me THREE WATTS with one of these...

[www.wilsoncellular.us]

up to 60 miles distance connection to a cell! smiling smiley



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: pinion
Date: February 15, 2006 09:04AM
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 09:20AM
I've got a phone like that, too! Just not in my car, though.



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: pinion
Date: February 15, 2006 09:48AM
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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 11:28AM
I've always wondered why they just don't make a phone shaped like a do not disturb door handle hook.



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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: billb
Date: February 15, 2006 11:31AM
SteveJobs Wrote:
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> I am probably going to acquire me THREE WATTS with
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> up to 60 miles distance connection to a cell!
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> PM me if you need to say something directly to me.

Don't expect double the distance everywhere.
There are too many other variables involved.
Don't expect analogue performance with a amplifier nor wireless repeater/amplifier.
Most of the towers have removed the big tall (presence) analogue antennas. Not even the few analogue phones left on Cingulars network are performing like days of old.


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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: February 15, 2006 11:50AM
I get great reception even when my cell tower is 400 miles away....

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Re: Mobil phone services
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 15, 2006 12:00PM
a little Cell-agra will get that thing all they way up, man.



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