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Mobile phone reception

Discussion in 'Alarms, CCTV & Telephones' started by mrcabrach, 11 May 2013.

  1. mrcabrach

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    Was fancying one of them touch screen phones so I can check emails etc.
    But at the end of the day it is more important that I have a phone that works well in areas that have poor mobile signal.

    Any ideas on which mobile device receives the best signal in areas that mobile signal is poor?
     
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    Could that be classed as an oxymoron? The simple answer is that no phone works well in a poor signal area. If the signal is poor then reception is crap or non-existent and the average handheld device will not make any difference to that.

    Satellite phone perhaps? (and that isn't being facetious)
     
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    Just as other receivers are more sensitive than others the OP is looking to find which mobile phones are the more sensitive. So not really a contradiction of terms.
     
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    Some mobile networks might have better service than others in certain areas, ask people in the area you'd like the good recepetion in what network they're on.

    Also I've found my iphone 4 to better than my previous nokias and samsungs.
     
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    Then why is it that when 3 of us were standing in a no signal area 1 phone was working & the other 2 weren't the phone that worked was 1 of them older Nokia 8100 if I remember. Not all phones require the same signal strength to work.
     
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    You are the second person to recommend the ip4. The manufactures of mobile phones must know there phone reception limits. Just wonder why they don't use this as a selling point
     
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    Strictly, you want a good signal/noise ratio at low field strengths, the first being measured in dB and the second being measured in volts/meter or millivolts per meter.

    But marketing people are very reluctant to give you hard numbers or let you talk to their factory engineers.
     
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    mrcabrach,
    Were all three phones on the same network? Otherwise the comparison is meaningless.

    New generations of phone get better technology, so comparing new ones with old you can expect to find better performance. I know people who have changed from iPhone to Samsung and are glad to have done so.
     
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    Better technology does not necessarily mean better performance. The best phone I have used was an old Ericsson from circa 20 years ago. It has an aerial sticking out of the top and stills works better than my modern phone in difficult areas.
     
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    Says it all really, but if you are that concerned, get one each from 02, 3, Vodafone etc, one of them might work, a bit.
     
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    Of course it does.... move the aerial away from the electrically noisy micro-chips in the phone and the signal to noise ratio improves and a gain aerial increases the signal the receiver gets. ( gain aerial = one that collects more of the available signal ).

    But having a stick stuck in the phone makes it look bad. Good modern appearance means less sensitive receiver.
     
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    To increase signal, reduces battery power, so as they like to claim xx standby etc, they don't go for best reception.
    Manufactures vary with there reception.
    When I was in mobile phones, in the v early days, we had to tweak the reception at the expense of battery standby at the customers request.
     
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    Ok have ordered Nokia 820 lumia so will see how it goes 14 days to return if no use. Only bought on the advice of 1 mate who has 1 + bit cheaper than iphone. Will let you know if I still have it after the trial period

    Sally 2000 yes all phones were on the same network. nokia 8100, jcb & Nokia 6230i + it happened on more than one occasion
     
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    Nowadays maybe someone makes a booster transceiver for cell phones. I could imagine this device being held near your existing phone and using inductive or capacitive coupling.
    If so, it may make economic sense to buy one.
     
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    Well got the phone 3 days ago so far so good with the signal seems to work well in the house apart from the second phone call I received. The screen went 2 shades of grey & froze. ( real let down from 50 shades.)
    Had to refit sim card to reset screen all ok since.
    Its going to take a few days yet to get used to it.
     
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