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Topic # 143963 3-May-2014 10:08
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I have a Samsung Galaxy s4 and find it's reception quality poor. I am on the Telecom network. Mostly work in Selwyn District side of Christchurch. Tried couple of cheap basic handsets and they work fine. But can't do much on a basic handset. Need suggestions for something decent that can keep me connected...please. 

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  Reply # 1035904 3-May-2014 10:37
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Telecom and iPhone

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  Reply # 1035910 3-May-2014 10:47
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If it's poor reception then a modern phone is not going to cut the mustard unless it has some sort of external aerial, Try another carrier and see if coverage is better

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  Reply # 1035918 3-May-2014 11:01
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joker97: Telecom and iPhone


iPhone RF performance is like any other handset these days



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  Reply # 1035926 3-May-2014 11:12
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johnr: If it's poor reception then a modern phone is not going to cut the mustard unless it has some sort of external aerial, Try another carrier and see if coverage is better


I know that the GS4 has some external antenna ports under the back cover, not very practical. I would consider moving carrier as I seem to be getting situations that I see "emergency calls only" on my handset. Guessing that would be vodafone that the handset is camping onto.  
 

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  Reply # 1035927 3-May-2014 11:18
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Could be Vodafone or 2Degrees, You should be able to see the network code it's camped onto in the service menu



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  Reply # 1035944 3-May-2014 12:23
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Might check out the Galaxy S5, i see that Telstra in Australia gave it there blue tick for rural reception. 

http://www.cnet.com.au/telstra-confirms-blue-tick-for-galaxy-s5-339347013.htm

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  Reply # 1035945 3-May-2014 12:25
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Is it possible to buy a new S4 back panel that somehow incorporates an antenna that plugs into the port on the back?

A Google search found this? http://telcoantennas.com.au/site/samsung-galaxy-s4-patch-lead-and-back-cover-combo

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  Reply # 1035962 3-May-2014 13:23
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I would try different networks. Look at vodafone or 2degrees's coverage maps

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  Reply # 1035973 3-May-2014 14:03
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Rural reception has got nothing to do with your phone. It's all about macro and micro network coverage.

Telecom probably has best rural coverage overall, but it is possible you are in a black spot so the options are try 2d and voda sim in case you are near their tower.


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  Reply # 1036026 3-May-2014 15:54
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Could you give a more accurate location than selwyn district? Would help in saying what towers are near you

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  Reply # 1036036 3-May-2014 16:13
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Obvious towers in Selwyn are all along SH-1, for all networks. If you're heading out TaiTapu way it gets marginal for both..... you maybe in that 3%

Assume your S4 is a VF handset on their network not a Telecom one. There are some small differences in firmware and the Telecom versions may have been 'optimised' for the 850 network(?)
Comments JR?

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  Reply # 1036038 3-May-2014 16:16
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Just look at the signal strength on the handset in the about and status if it's like 109dbi then it's just real real low coverage

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You should try one of these.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/accessories/antenna-signal-boosters/auction-724399512.htm

:-)

Maybe johnr can comment on the uselessness of these and how people selling them should be done for selling snake oil.

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LennonNZ: You should try one of these.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/accessories/antenna-signal-boosters/auction-724399512.htm

:-)

Maybe johnr can comment on the uselessness of these and how people selling them should be done for selling snake oil.


Don't get me started on these things

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  Reply # 1036070 3-May-2014 17:20
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johnr:
LennonNZ: You should try one of these.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/accessories/antenna-signal-boosters/auction-724399512.htm

:-)

Maybe johnr can comment on the uselessness of these and how people selling them should be done for selling snake oil.


Don't get me started on these things


Come on johnr ... we know you want to comment on them :-) 

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