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Old 12-18-2006, 01:10 PM
Frankster
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Default Looking for LG VX8000 replacement

Would appreciate comments regarding recommendations for phones from VZW with
the features below. My NE2 is comming up Jan 16th.

Thanks,

-Frank

Features Desired
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- Better than average reception (whatever average is)
o This is my only real gripe with my LG VX8000 - I live in
a very poor signal area and need all the help I can get. Otherwise I wouldn't
be thinking about getting another phone in the first place. Other than what
I consider to be not-the-best reception, the 8000 is still a very nice phone
for me. It already has most of the below listed features.
- No outside pull-out antenna (the 8000 is pull-out)
- DUN capable (Bluetooth and/or Cable)
- Camera (1M)
- Ability to get pics onto computer without VZW (i.e. mem card,
cable, Bluetooth)
- Speakerphone (decent volume for voice - I actually use it - but
not for music)
- Set unique rings (or vib or no-ring) to specific dialing entries
(don't care about capability for transferring cutsie ringtones)
- Set unique sounds for incoming text messages, per dialing entry
- Quickset on and off vibrate for whole phone
- Quickset on and off "no-sound" for whole phone
- Flip design
- Outside display (decent - not one-liner - read text messages a
plus)
- External antenna connection (not quite a complete requirement,
but almost)
- Ability to select 1x-only if desired (no -EVDO)
- Good earpiece volume (don't want to have to run volume setting on
maximum just to hear caller)
- Notepad
- Calendar



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Old 12-18-2006, 07:25 PM
Larry
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Default Re: Looking for LG VX8000 replacement

"Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in
news:MpqdnZfwwZb1PBvYnZ2dnUVZ_oytnZ2d@giganews.com :

> I live in
> a very poor signal area and need all the help I can get. Otherwise I
> wouldn't be thinking about getting another phone in the first place.
> Other than what I consider to be not-the-best reception, the 8000 is
> still a very nice phone for me. It already has most of the below
> listed features.
>


Frank. Have you considered NOT using the cellphone at home? Use Skype,
instead. Set the cellphone up for call forwarding to a $28/year Skype In
phone number. Mine is set for a voice-recognition autodial so I don't have
to key it in. As I approach the house, I key the cellphone and simply say
"I'm Home". The cellphone dials its system and sets up to transfer calls
to my Skype In phone number. In the house, I have my main computer running
Skype to a Linksys CIT200 wireless Skype Phone, which runs on 1900 Mhz from
its USB base unit plugged into the computer. I simply swap handsets,
putting the cellphone in its charger and removing the Linksys from its
charger on my desk. The Linksys has about a 600' range from that desk,
easily anywhere on the property or inside the house like a landline
wireless phone. Poor signal eating the cellphone's little battery solved.
No more missed calls/dropped calls/dead spots or being prompted for
voicemail when the damned cellphone never rang in the first place.

When I go out, I key the cellphone and say "Going Out", which causes it to
dial into its system and cancel my call forwarding to the Skype number so
it will ring once again when I'm out.

Skype is free.
Skype In with its own phone number is only $28/YEAR.
Skype Out is free until Jan 1st in USA and Canada and they just came out
with an unlimited calling package deal for $15/YEAR, not month, for all of
2007, prepaid before Jan 30th.
Circuit City has the Linksys CIT200 for $59 after rebate as of yesterday.
It was made to use Skype, automatically downloading Skype's contact list
and automating the calling. Too bad it's not a cellphone as it has a
REALLY LOUND ringer and speaker phone in it. It looks like a candy-bar
cellphone:
http://tinyurl.com/rj6cw

If you also have a landline, use the CIT300:
http://tinyurl.com/pbsl8
which lets you carry Skype and landline in one handset.

Don't want the computer running? Get the newer CIT400:
http://tinyurl.com/y5r2s5

I like to take Skype with me, so I got the Netgear wifi Skype phone, too:
http://www.netgear.com/Home/Products...pe/SPH101.aspx
It runs Skype in ROM direct to any wifi that doesn't require webpage logon.
Price has come down to $169 with rebate at Newegg.com.

All this solves the unsolveable poor cellular coverage at home
problem....besides letting you talk free across the planet to other Skype
users and to most civilized countries for 2.1c/min outside USA/Canada.
It's a helluva deal and works great.


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