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suggest phone w/ excellent antenna

by lantanatx / June 11, 2007 2:53 AM PDT

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)

required:
excellent Antenna!
sturdy
call quality
camera - doesn't have to be super
text messaging
good address book, calender, alarm functions
on the lighter side

would be nice, but not required:
email or internet capable
bluetooth
GPS
pda features

I don't listen to music or play videos or games on the phone.

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Just sharing 2 stories.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2007 3:00 AM PDT

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.

Bob

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This also could be hit and miss
by PudgyOne / June 11, 2007 4:35 AM PDT

A long time ago, in a far away galaxy,

My wife had an Audiovox 8500 and I had an Audiovox 8610.

Mine had a signal and my wife's didn't.

The brand and type of phone can make a difference. If you have a friend(s) that has Cingular/ATT, have them bring their phone and check out their signal on their phone(s). You may be surprised of the results.


Rick

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Not timely, but here's my reception story:
by Brierwolf / January 10, 2009 4:32 AM PST

When I moved to Leon County, TX, from L.A., I got Verizon (w/Motorola) and after a week, had NO reception at home. Nothing for 2 years! And they wouldn't let me out of my contract. ASAP, I switched to T-Mobile and it was the happiest cellular experience I've ever had (my first phone was in '95) When I moved in '06 to about 20 miles outside of Waco, I had to leave T-mobile (they released me), but Cingular worked very well. So, I got a new phone, that itty-bitty Pantech thing no bigger than a lighter, and was very satisfied with both service & reception UNTIL the AT&T takeover. After just a couple weeks, I began having frequent problems: 5 bars until someone answered, then none to one; dropped calls ad infinitum; echoing; and this event when I was said to sound like I was gargling in a fishbowl. Absolutely NOTHING had changed on my end. I endure to this day even tho contract is not an issue, now. (Thanks for letting me vent.)

I called AT&T 3 days ago, and while talking to the tech, I had to repeat myself many times. I now live in Houston, and find poor reception just plain unacceptable. When I asked for a reason to continue being an AT&T customer, he offered to send me a free NOKIA phone saying that this brand had the best antenna. He further said that if I wasn't happy after 30 days, to return the phone and look for another carrier! That at least expressed to me his/their confidence in the Nokia, and that's why I'm posting all this diatribe. I just got this phone yesterday, but I haven't had a dropped call! It's a 6085, and aside from it being pink and bigger than I'm accustomed to holding, I?ll recommend it.

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Other possibility
by pawnee32 / January 13, 2009 2:30 AM PST

Have you thought about buying a booster for your home, since that's where you use your cell phone a lot? I was told this helps tremendously.

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