You are right with the reception on the Nokia 6255. I to live in a rural area with no GSM service, and CDMA gives me one or two bars on my 6255. But still never drops a call. My 7400 was not as good as the Nokia.
Wellington topography being what it is, there many pockets in the hills without coverage. In particular, any hillside facing out to the cook strait gets very little signal. There's no signal here in Vogeltown, and parts of the surrounding suburbs. i can walk 2 blocks north and get vfone coverage - or i can walk south 6 or more blocks and have no signal from either network until i was in berhampore.
generally telecom coverage is easier to find, but i suspect that's because i have a better transciever in my cdma phone than in my gsm. - but no gsm phones gets signal in my street.
"Thats why I directed my question cause I did not want everybody coming back at me with every single low coverage area in New Zealand "
That statement covers me, sorry for putting my foot into it.
" but where is your fathers school "
My fathers school (he is the principal(hope I got the spelling right!)) at Oureoa School which is located in Central Hawkes Bay. Reception used to be fairly good in Waipawa (nearby town) but dropped last year sometime (to a point where my z600 would drop completely off the network and could sustain a max of 2 bars, my p910 has a max of 3)
Taniwha, there are 2 Newtown sites. One is located on top of Westpac at the Cnr of John St and Adelaide Rd and the second is located on the Macalistair Flats next to the old Athletic Park. The Macalistair site is sectored to provide coverage towards Newtown from one sector and in a SouthWest direction to cover Island Bay and Mornington for the other 2. Maybe the powers that be could pop another panel on the other end of the building aiming at Vogeltown..:-)
Talking about Wgtn coverage, I've noticed over the past 2 weeks or so Vodafone have been contructing a new site between the railway overbridge and aotea quay ramp, didn't appear to be live when I last checked around the middle of last week but has 900/3GSM panels so should hopefully solve all of Vodafones issues with the motorway! The bonus for people who work along old Hutt Rd is that you will actually get decent coverage now as well!
I'd be happy with coverage in Island Bay right now, the Island Bay site is obviously dead (despite Vodafone saying they currently have no network problems) and I have no overlapping coverge from Newtown unless I go outsite, argh!
I have a number of friends who have issues with Voda coverage in Wellington. My wife actually got sick of it, she tried to get answers out of Voda on coverage issues but no luck at all. Finally she went to 027 and like me has no problems at all.
Kinda. If you take the antenna as separate from everything else, you may well see better performance on a Nokia, but the same can be said for Sanyo, Samsung etc... on top of that however, you need to consider the location relative to the cell site (or cell sites as not enough, or for that matter too many cell sites will have an impact) the number of other devices seeing the cell site (which will effect the breathing of the cell site), the battery status of the device (more users on a cell site when you have low battery power), the type of call your making (voice / data), the internal processor of the device, your location relative to the nearest other device, the specific optimisations of the cell site / cell sites visible to the handset, and to a much lesser degree the environmental conditions (attenuation plays a small part in the CDMA world). The length of the antenna will also have an impact, with regard to the amplitude of the frequency you are trying to receive.
So you see it's a little more complex than device “a” or device “b”, and whilst some of the variables are able to be controlled, some are beyond the network and the user.
What i am saying under the same conditions as other handset , the Nokia's has been proven to have better RF characteristics , Better RF characteristics means better performance, in all aspects of comminicating with the network.