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Old 02-08-2010, 03:22 PM
Robert Peirce
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Default Best phone for fringe areas?

I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-08-2010, 03:53 PM
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Robert Peirce <bob@peirce-family.com> writes:

> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
> VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
> a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
> cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?


It seems to be very hard to get objective reviews of RF and voice
quality of phones. Which is a pity. This is complicated by the fact
that the general user has no way of gauging relative RF performance of
a phone without owning several, so user reviews are never a reliable
measure unless you happen to know a reviewer who knows what they're
talking about .

Happily all carriers have 30 day return policies, but that's often not
terribly convenient if the one place you go that has problems isn't
very convenient to get to or a place you're at at least once every 30
days.

If it's a car you're in while in teh problem area, a phone for which
there's an accessory jack that supports an external antenna would of
course be a plus.

All I can say is that the RF reception capability of my Droid seems a
lot better than my MiFi, and that historically, the RF performance of
Motorola products has been relatively decent. But that doesn't do you
much good.





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Old 02-08-2010, 04:14 PM
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Robert Peirce <bob@peirce-family.com> wrote in news:bob-
05AE37.11224108022010@5ad64b5e.bb.sky.com:

> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
> VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon,

has
> a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just

a
> cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?


The best RADIOS all have MOTOROLA printed on them. It's why all the
cops use MOTOROLA-brand radios when their lives depend on it.

http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/pro...alObjectId=191
I highly recommend the Motorola ROKR Z6m here. I've been carrying one
branded Alltel so it isn't all hobbled up like the same exact phone
Verizon sold as the Z6tv hawking their crappy TV service, since 2007 and
it's just a great phone. It has a nice camera that takes great
pictures, stored on its unhobbled up standard microSD card (up to 2MB
only, microSDHC not supported). You can also put MP3 files on the
microSD card and use them as ringtones, different for every user in the
huge contacts database, move files on or off internal memory with the
copy or move commands. There's no need to use internal memory for your
pictures/music/etc., unless you want to use a picture as the background
or screen saver, which you are free to do, even straight off the card.
No special software is needed to move files on/off the motorola's file
structure. Just use any file manager and plug the card into your
computer. The music player in it works great, especially with a
Motorola S9 or S9HD stereo bluetooth headset that fully controls the
phone from the headset buttons.

The radio transceiver in it is typical Motorola quality....very
sensitive, very good in noisy situation on a crowded city system and
seems to work in may places other phones refuse to work in.

It's a nice, tiny phone and the Alltel-branded ones are totally
unhobbled if you can find one. The slide is very rugged and made of
metal, not plastic.

The stereo speakers are in a little slot in the back of the phone made
to turn any flat surface into a sound projector! The slot and bottom of
the phone work against the hard desk surface to create a little sound
"horn" like a PA speaker that makes this phone REALLY LOUD, too! The
ringer rings through both speakers and turns head wide open.

Nice phone, works great. The original battery finally gave up on 24/7
service, so I bought another OEM branded Motorola BT50 from Hong Kong
DELIVERED FREE for only $2.19 off Ebay! I have 3 spares they were so
cheap!

http://catalog.ebay.com/?_pid=592531...id=p3907.l1428
$50 used in nice condition or $90 new on Ebay....



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Old 02-08-2010, 05:35 PM
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Robert Peirce wrote:
> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
> VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
> a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
> cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?


Ask the cellphone using residents of that "one area" what kind of cell
phone they have, who their service provider is and how well it works.

If everyone there uses Blackberrys you are out of luck!!

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:45 PM
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Regis wrote:
> Robert Peirce <bob@peirce-family.com> writes:
>
>> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
>> VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
>> a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
>> cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?

>
> It seems to be very hard to get objective reviews of RF and voice
> quality of phones. Which is a pity. This is complicated by the fact
> that the general user has no way of gauging relative RF performance of
> a phone without owning several, so user reviews are never a reliable
> measure unless you happen to know a reviewer who knows what they're
> talking about .
>

<snip>

One thing you can check on is the sensitivity of the receiver. It's
usually specified in microvolts. The smaller the number, the better it
will be with weak signals.

If the phone has any provision for connecting an external antenna, using
one might help.

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Old 02-09-2010, 12:04 PM
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Robert Peirce wrote:

>I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go
>in VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on
>Verizon, has a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a
>Blackberry, just a cell phone, but I don't know which one to get.
>Any suggestions?


My old Motorola RAZR V3M had the best reception and voice quality of
any cell phone I've used. Avoid Samsungs if those two characteristics
are important to you.


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Old 02-09-2010, 03:31 PM
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badgolferman wrote:
> Robert Peirce wrote:
>
>> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go
>> in VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on
>> Verizon, has a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a
>> Blackberry, just a cell phone, but I don't know which one to get.
>> Any suggestions?

>
> My old Motorola RAZR V3M had the best reception and voice quality of
> any cell phone I've used. Avoid Samsungs if those two characteristics
> are important to you.
>


I bought a RAZR V3M ago from VZW a little more than two years. It has
never failed me. If I should happen to to something really stupid, like
dropping my phone into the commode, I would seriously consider replacing
it with another V3M. The exception would be if I anticipated a need to
send text messages. In that event I would seriously consider buying a
Blackberry in order to have a QUERTY keyboard. Trying to enter text via
the RAZR's keypad is a ROYAL PITA. Last night I spent about fifteen
minutes composing and sending the message "STOP". (With frequent
reference to the Instruction Manual!)

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Old 02-09-2010, 04:18 PM
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"Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88@comcast.net> wrote:

> Trying to enter text via the RAZR's keypad is a ROYAL PITA.


Yet any 15 year old can text to his girlfriend w/o even looking at the
phone.



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Old 02-09-2010, 04:55 PM
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My wife and daughter have always liked the feature set of LG phones, and I
have to say my experience with them is that their software is rock-solid. No
quirks or weirdness.

That being said, their phones fail to make and hold calls at times when my
Moto phones have had no such trouble. I have and still use a Moto e815, Razr
v3m, Krzr k1m, v325i, and v750, and every one of them gets stellar reception
and has a crystal-clear voice quality I find sorely lacking in the LG's.

HTH, YMMV,
Dean
"Robert Peirce" <bob@peirce-family.com> wrote in message
news:bob-05AE37.11224108022010@5ad64b5e.bb.sky.com...
>I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
> VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
> a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
> cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?




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Old 02-09-2010, 05:22 PM
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Dean wrote:

>I have and still use a Moto e815, Razr v3m, Krzr k1m, v325i, and
>v750, and every one of them gets stellar reception and has a
>crystal-clear voice quality I find sorely lacking in the LG's.


You use ALL those now?


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Old 02-09-2010, 05:23 PM
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Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

>badgolferman wrote:
>>Robert Peirce wrote:
>>
>>>I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we
>>>go in VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on
>>>Verizon, has a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a
>>>Blackberry, just a cell phone, but I don't know which one to get.
>>>Any suggestions?

>>
>>My old Motorola RAZR V3M had the best reception and voice quality of
>>any cell phone I've used. Avoid Samsungs if those two
>>characteristics are important to you.
>>

>
>I bought a RAZR V3M ago from VZW a little more than two years. It
>has never failed me. If I should happen to to something really
>stupid, like dropping my phone into the commode, I would seriously
>consider replacing it with another V3M. The exception would be if I
>anticipated a need to send text messages. In that event I would
>seriously consider buying a Blackberry in order to have a QUERTY
>keyboard. Trying to enter text via the RAZR's keypad is a ROYAL PITA.
>Last night I spent about fifteen minutes composing and sending the
>message "STOP". (With frequent reference to the Instruction Manual!)



Learn to use iTAP method. It works well.


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Old 02-09-2010, 05:38 PM
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XS11E wrote:
> "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88@comcast.net> wrote:
>
>> Trying to enter text via the RAZR's keypad is a ROYAL PITA.

>
> Yet any 15 year old can text to his girlfriend w/o even looking at the
> phone.
>
>
>


Fifteen was a great many years ago in my case!

If texting were something I needed to do I'd either learn from practice
or I'd get a phone with a QUERTY keyboard! As I seldom need to text,
I'll ignore it when I can or struggle with it when I must.

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:42 PM
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badgolferman wrote:
> Dean wrote:
>
>> I have and still use a Moto e815, Razr v3m, Krzr k1m, v325i, and
>> v750, and every one of them gets stellar reception and has a
>> crystal-clear voice quality I find sorely lacking in the LG's.

>
> You use ALL those now?
>


He probably has four secret identities to go with the extra four phones! ;-)

He's welcome to them. I find one to taxing enough!

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:53 PM
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badgolferman wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>
>> badgolferman wrote:
>>> Robert Peirce wrote:
>>>
>>>> I have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we
>>>> go in VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on
>>>> Verizon, has a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a
>>>> Blackberry, just a cell phone, but I don't know which one to get.
>>>> Any suggestions?
>>> My old Motorola RAZR V3M had the best reception and voice quality of
>>> any cell phone I've used. Avoid Samsungs if those two
>>> characteristics are important to you.
>>>

>> I bought a RAZR V3M ago from VZW a little more than two years. It
>> has never failed me. If I should happen to to something really
>> stupid, like dropping my phone into the commode, I would seriously
>> consider replacing it with another V3M. The exception would be if I
>> anticipated a need to send text messages. In that event I would
>> seriously consider buying a Blackberry in order to have a QUERTY
>> keyboard. Trying to enter text via the RAZR's keypad is a ROYAL PITA.
>> Last night I spent about fifteen minutes composing and sending the
>> message "STOP". (With frequent reference to the Instruction Manual!)

>
>
> Learn to use iTAP method. It works well.
>


I've had a cell phone for about the last thirteen years and last night
was the FIRST time I needed to text. I needed to send the word "STOP"
to abate some nuisance; the details are already forgotten and the
nuisance deleted.

I suspect that the "iTAP" method would have insisted on sending "stop"
or "Stop" rather than "STOP". Any of the three forms would be
recognized by a human as equivalents. I was pretty sure that I was
dealing with a computer; the instructions said send "STOP" so that's
what I did.


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Old 02-09-2010, 05:55 PM
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Thanks, everybody, for the feedback. Looks like Motorola is the way to
go. Funny, I had a something-815 before I got the LG and never really
thought that much about it. I just checked the VZ Wireless web site and
they seem to be pretty limited right now. The only listing was for
something called the Barrage. I seem to recall they offered several
Motorola phones a couple of years ago. Possibly the stores have a wider
choice.

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Old 02-09-2010, 06:06 PM
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Robert Peirce wrote:
> Thanks, everybody, for the feedback. Looks like Motorola is the way to
> go. Funny, I had a something-815 before I got the LG and never really
> thought that much about it. I just checked the VZ Wireless web site and
> they seem to be pretty limited right now. The only listing was for
> something called the Barrage. I seem to recall they offered several
> Motorola phones a couple of years ago. Possibly the stores have a wider
> choice.


Which site were you looking at? I was looking at the VZW site day
before yesterday and they had a MUCH larger selection of phones!

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Old 02-09-2010, 06:32 PM
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"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I have and still use a Moto e815, Razr v3m,


You have two of the 3 best phones ever made, add a V9M to complete the
top 3.

I have an e815 (seem edited to full MPT use) and a V3M (flashed to
generic Moto UI) and I keep watching for a good V9M.

Don't know why, I'll probably stick with RIM for the foreseeable
future.

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Per Robert Peirce:
> have an LG VX-5400. It is okay but there is one area where we go in
>VA where I have a lot of problems. My son, who is also on Verizon, has
>a Blackberry that works great there. I don't want a Blackberry, just a
>cell phone, but I don't know which one to get. Any suggestions?


I've had tMobile service for well over five years now and our
house seems tb in one of tMob's many marginal coverage areas.

My experience has been that Nokia candy-bar phones (3595, 6010,
and a few others) give me a connection more often than any of the
other phones I've had (Moto v180 flip, Razr flip, Samsung flip,
and a couple others that I cannot recall.
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