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Topic # 14740 18-Jul-2007 13:24
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I live in a low reception area in West Auckland. I currently have a sanyo 7400. I am going to get a new phone in the next couple of weeks and would like to know If there is a way to find out which phones have the best reception. I like the look of the Samsung w531.  Is this a good phone to go for in the range, or would the blade A900 be a better option? Any advice would be great :)

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  Reply # 78611 18-Jul-2007 13:56
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The Blade would be the better of the two. The Samsung W531 has similar coverage to the Sanyo 7400.

According to testing by Consumer Magazine in March, the best 5 phones for coverage are (in order)
Nokia 6165           10/10
Nokia 2855          9.7/10
Samsung Blade    9.2/10
Nokia 6275          8.8/10
Nokia 2865          8.2/10

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  Reply # 78621 18-Jul-2007 14:11
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I wouldn't go with an A900 - it has an internal antenna which is ok for good coverage areas but not where coverage is poor.

I don't agree with Consumer Magazine. I have always found the Sanyo's to be very good coverage wise.

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  Reply # 78647 18-Jul-2007 15:57
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destined: The Blade would be the better of the two. The Samsung W531 has similar coverage to the Sanyo 7400.




I would disagree with what you say about the sanyo 7400 and the w531. In my experience the W531 has better reception than the Sanyo 7400.



In low coverage areas I would recomend a nokia, something like a 2855 2865 6165 or 6275.



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  Reply # 78876 19-Jul-2007 21:49
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I agree with the Nokia recommendation, I found the nokia 6165 the better of the nokia flip phones & the nokia 6235 the best of the bar phones. The Samsung 531 has average reception & you have to leave it open to send texts, the A900 has average reception and poor battery life,

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  Reply # 78878 19-Jul-2007 21:52
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well thats weird, did one post & 2 pop up??

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  Reply # 78890 20-Jul-2007 00:21
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the sanyo 7400 phones were never the hottest for reception. I'd suggest nokia 6165, don't buy the 2865 which is not worth the 100 dollar saving.
Don't touch a 6235, as the outgoing microphone is horrible though the coverage is good..
The older nokia's with the budget 128 x 128 displays have a bad twing to the sound.

Samsung a920 also seems to have rock solid reception.

Sanyo 8400 is probably one of the better ones, and my 6600 test phone seems to work well as the antenna is where the microphone is and seems to stick out away from body and hands. same with other sanyo phones with stubby antennas.
Sadly the m1 dropped calls at my old house with was extremely poor coverage along with the samsung 531
The nokia 6275 did seem to perform ok, shame about the strange noise in the ear piece though.





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  Reply # 79667 25-Jul-2007 19:47
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Firstly I also disagree with Consumer this particular time. If coverage is your main concern then definitely consider the W531 as it has been proven by many people i know to provide excellent coverage and alot of times in areas where they had never received coverage before.

As to compare the Samsung blade is a great pocket phone with average coverage, poor battery life not good for a heavy user but definitely a great fit in the back pocket, where as, the W531 has excellent coverage, including roaming on overseas GSM networks as well as CDMA, but not the mst user friendly phone to text on.

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Reply # 80439 30-Jul-2007 18:18
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i hope this question is not off topic admins please tell me if it is but why do some telecom phones have better coverage then others and do some phones realy have better coverage or is it just something to make us think the phone gets better coverages then others

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  Reply # 80447 30-Jul-2007 18:58
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there can be considerable difference in coverage performance between makes & models, I dont think it has anything to do with Telecom bit more to do with the manufacturers of these devices. The same could be said with Ford & Holden very similar products but with different performance. Ohh that might get a unpopular repsonses but back to the topic, the different components, the configuration all add to the suttle changes. I dont see differnce performance issues with exact same models this would indicate that it is the makeup of the device 

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  Reply # 80484 30-Jul-2007 22:42
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The Samsung w531 is not hard to text on. The sanyo pinkalisous however.... gosh i hate phones with small buttons.

Anyways i had my w531 for over a month now [easy to remember when its on fiance lol] and i yet to see a time when the reception is below four bars [or is it five? don't have it on at the moment but its charging] anyways it lasts for me just over a week and is well worth every cent im spending on it so there you go.

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