1. My buddy had this issue. No new phone would work any better than any other (tried 5!). Finally the cell company said it was a bad area and released him from the contract. The new cell co is much better and both his phones that were bad are now great.
There's a lesson there.
2. http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3504_7-6253284-1.html writes about World Phones.
please help suggest a currently available phone with an excellent antenna. I'm on Cingular/ATT which is the biggest carrier in the area. I don't mind paying up to $200 if it was worth it. Functional in Mexico would be a plus.
I've had worsening problems with cell phone reception in my home over the last 18 months and finally am able to upgrade my phone. I have only 1-2 bars and lots of dropped calls unless I go outside. I use my cell phone as my exclusive phone, so I really need good reception. I'm in a small town, but my home is 2 blocks from a Univ and in sight of two towers - so the weak signals in my neighborhood are disappointing. I travel a lot in rural and remote areas, so signal strength is a priority.
Now I can finally upgrade, but the techs at the local shop don't seem to have a clue as to which currently offered phones have the best anntenna, call quality, just which ones you can download tv shows to!
I had a Sony ericcson 7500(?) which had functionable but not strong signal strength - it just had other problems. After a couple of replacements, it was finally replaced it with a SE 7520 and am now on the second one of those, which turned out as well to have more problems and even worse signal strength inside. After finding out they were going to send me yet another of those (no way!) and that it was just a few months until I could upgrade, I got a $25 Go phone (Motorola C139) to tide me over and as a back-up - weak signal, fair call quality, but what do you expect for that phone?
I prefer a flip or slider phone, (it is usually in a pocket)
camera - doesn't have to be super
good address book, calender, alarm functions
on the lighter side
would be nice, but not required:
email or internet capable
I don't listen to music or play videos or games on the phone.