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    Ok my family are all in the market for new phones - that's 4 of us at once!

    I love the gadgets and stuff but the others probably want the simple life.

    3 of us are generously proportioned - OK we're real tall and have huge hands - so i'm not lokking for something the size of a matchbook.

    Coverage is important as we don't live in a major city or centre.
    I spoke to our Telstra regional manager the other day who told me that the CDMA phones are the way to go. Telstra are spending big $$$ getting this network set up. He reckons not only is the coverage better than GSM but the data speed is like 3 times faster.

    So I am probably looking for CDMA models and will be on a Telstra group plan.

    Any suggestions on handsets? do you have one you like or one you don't?
    Please let me know.
    Cheers,
    Splash

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    That's bull****. He's a salesperson. I suggest you do a research with an independent party. Go to cnet.com or do a search on yahoo.com about cellphones.

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    Buy my 8310! I'm trying to sell it :)

    IMHO, stay away from CDMA. Only good for rural hicks, it's useless around metro areas (no offense if you live out there, btw :p) Nokia are reliable, they've been on the market for long enough, and even though their products may be ****, you get a lot of support for it (including me! :D)
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    Hey mate

    Ive got a Nokia 8210 here I want to get rid of. Great Condition.

    My ICQ is 16994488.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikey
    Hey mate

    Ive got a Nokia 8210 here I want to get rid of. Great Condition.

    My ICQ is 16994488.

    hrm... more info on the phone? ;)
    Nokia phone LED modding info: http://www.tangcla.com

    My 2000 Toyota Corolla

    I see people bragging about 3DMark scores of 14000... meh, I managed to achieve that a year ago with a P4 1.6A @ 2.4 stock aircooled, Abit BD7-RAID, 512MB Samsung TCB3 with a Gainward GF4 TI4200 @315/620 :D

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    Splash
    as you say you dont live in a major town
    check both digital & cdma out
    IMHO cdma works better
    I AM 7K'S FROM A TOWER THAT HAS BOTH SYSTEMS
    ON THE TOWER NO MAJOR ABSTRUCTIONS
    & DIGITAL CAN JUST MAKE THE 7K'S LOT'S OF DROP OUTS

    CDMA
    STRONG SIGNAL NO DROP OUTS.
    In this location anyway
    95% cdma here other 5% wish they were.
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdv
    Splash
    as you say you dont live in a major town
    check both digital & cdma out
    IMHO cdma works better
    I AM 7K'S FROM A TOWER THAT HAS BOTH SYSTEMS
    ON THE TOWER NO MAJOR ABSTRUCTIONS
    & DIGITAL CAN JUST MAKE THE 7K'S LOT'S OF DROP OUTS

    CDMA
    STRONG SIGNAL NO DROP OUTS.
    In this location anyway
    95% cdma here other 5% wish they were.
    :D
    lol, there's more to CDMA vs GSM than you think ;)
    The concept of CMDA is fewer long-range cells, whilst GSM is more short-range cells, especially at 1.8GHz.

    Depends where you are... Where exactly are you? I'd recommend the Optus GSM network :bounce2:
    Nokia phone LED modding info: http://www.tangcla.com

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    I see people bragging about 3DMark scores of 14000... meh, I managed to achieve that a year ago with a P4 1.6A @ 2.4 stock aircooled, Abit BD7-RAID, 512MB Samsung TCB3 with a Gainward GF4 TI4200 @315/620 :D

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    Carriers who cares which one as long as the service is there
    Uuuotus, Hell$tra ect
    Grampians Victoria area optus not an option
    :)

    pdv

    edit:
    Tangcla you would not phone god on optus from area's around here
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdv
    edit:
    Tangcla you would not phone god on optus from area's around here
    :D
    how dare you... i shall summon the wrath of...


    *ahem*

    well, like I said, it depends on where you are. Metro, then it's Optus all the way. Rural, then CDMA for sure.
    Nokia phone LED modding info: http://www.tangcla.com

    My 2000 Toyota Corolla

    I see people bragging about 3DMark scores of 14000... meh, I managed to achieve that a year ago with a P4 1.6A @ 2.4 stock aircooled, Abit BD7-RAID, 512MB Samsung TCB3 with a Gainward GF4 TI4200 @315/620 :D

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    All but one of my friends who lives in Metro Brisbane and has CDMA hates the crap coverage and numerous dropouts. Even in regional areas with rugged terrain CDMA is worse than GSM. CDMA really comes into its own when dealing with large areas of FLAT land (ie the Darling Downs west of Brisbane). For example, I was recently in a hilly area north-west of Caboolture, about 30KM from the Caboolture base station. Signal strength with Optus GSM was 4/4 bars, my friend with Telstra CDMA was lucky to get 2/5 bars. But north of Gympie he gets 5/5 bars while I'm lucky to get 2/4 :(

    Out of the GSM carriers, here's my opinion on the best networks for different scenarios:

    Capital Cities and Suburbs

    1) Optus
    2) Vodafone
    3) Telstra


    Fringe Suburbs and Major Highways

    1) Optus
    2) Telstra
    3) Vodafone


    Remote Towns and Minor Highways

    1) Telstra
    2) There is no other carrier :D


    So hopefully I'll kill a few birds with one stone here... if you're in flat terrain, then go Telstra CDMA; if hilly then use GSM - it's far more effective at going around obstacles ;)
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