Welcome to Our WirelessAdvisor Community!

You are viewing our forums as a GUEST. Please join us so you can post and view all the pictures.
Registration is easy, fast and FREE!

Phone with best RF

Discussion in 'Alltel Forum' started by JasonWells, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. JasonWells

    JasonWells Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Dakota
    My Phone:
    AT&T i phone
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T, VZW
    I currently have a Nokia 6015i that has been great at RF. I was wondering what current or upcoming phone will get at least as good or better RF for remote locations. I also desire a Tri-Mode phone and a lower cost. Thank you!
     
  2. UFO

    UFO Bronze Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Messages:
    844
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Hampton Roads, VA
    My Phone:
    Palm Centro
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint and alltel
    Your best bet would probably be the new Nokia 2865i.

    It sounds like it meets your requirements perfectly. It's a basic phone that carries with it a lower cost. You'll be going from a Nokia to Nokia so it'll operate about the same. It is tri-mode. Nokias are very tough to beat as far as reception goes. The Motorolas are good but the E815 is not tri-mode, neither is the Razr. The only other option is the Moto W315 but it appears that some people love that phone and others hate it and aren't happy with the RF. All in all, the Nokia 2865i sounds like a very good option for your situation.:) Although I will also say that I'm not sure how it specifically compares to the 6015i and its reception.
     
  3. MOTOhooligan

    MOTOhooligan Former Mobile Data Addict
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    6,695
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    21
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    A Dead Zone
    My Phone:
    Motorola XT1929-17
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon
    I would tend to agree with UFO's assesment 100%. And I can directly compare the 6015i to the 2865i as far as reception goes.

    The 6015i got amazing, amazing reception. I hadn't seen -dBs like that since I had a Motorola Timeport. The 2865i is small, sleek and the menu is almost exactly the same as your 6015i, though the screen on the 2865i is much better. Because the phone is smaller, the buttons are smaller and I suffer from FFS (fat finger syndrome) so it's rather hard for me to dial a number without looking at the phone. The reception with the 2865i is not as good as the 6015i but the 2865i is tri-mode and still gets very good reception, maybe a little less than the W315.

    You have a 15-day period when you can exchange the phone for another model with Alltel. So my suggestion is to try out the Nokia 2865i, since you know you like Nokias, and if you don't like it, try the W315. If you don't like that, you may want to return it to the office and have the contract removed and the phone price refunded to you, then go on eBay and pick up a gently used Alltel Motorola v710. That thing is a reception monster.

    Good luck and let us know how it works out for you!
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. j25a

    j25a New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Western WI
    My Phone:
    2865i
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Midwest Wireless, Alltel soon
    I just recently purchased the 2865i and couldn't be happier. I used to have the Nokia 6255 which was a great phone but the 2865i is slightly better reception wise which is very important for me as I travel in very rural areas most of the time. I considered the w315, but there were such conflicting reports on it. It makes you think quality control might not be the best?? I am curently with Midwest Wireless and my wife got the Moto v323 which is also a great phone reception wise (seems comparable to the 2865) but I don't think that is available through Alltel. I highly recommend the 2865, a great size, non-flip, that excells at what a phone is supposed to do, make, receive, and hold calls!
     
  5. djjim

    djjim Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    555
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    2
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    My Phone:
    LG VX8370 Clout
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon (Old:Alltel, Nextel, At&t, USCC, Cricket)
    Stay away from the Moto W315. The thing is a lemon! My V262 and V60 were awesome but my new W315 drops calls in my home all the time! Stay away! I hate it so much, I have considered buying a phone retail!
     
  6. JasonWells

    JasonWells Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Dakota
    My Phone:
    AT&T i phone
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T, VZW
    I greatly appreciate the advice! It will be used in making the decision. It's exciting the Nokias are both great phones! I will start with the 2865i and proceed from there if necessary. Thank You VERY much!!
     
  7. JasonWells

    JasonWells Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Dakota
    My Phone:
    AT&T i phone
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T, VZW
    How does one put a Nokia 6015i or 2865i into diagnostics to test RF? How about the Motorola W315 or E815?
     
  8. UFO

    UFO Bronze Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Messages:
    844
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Hampton Roads, VA
    My Phone:
    Palm Centro
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint and alltel
  9. JasonWells

    JasonWells Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Dakota
    My Phone:
    AT&T i phone
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T, VZW
    I did the test mode on three phones at the same time, all using the Verizon SID 528.

    MotoRAZR -63 dB
    LG VX8300 -68 dB
    Nokia 6015i -50 dB

    The website was incredibly helpful! Thank you for the help. What is the range of -dB, and what are good and poor signals? I will test more phones soon. During testing, the three were within inches of each other. The -dB fluctuated little, but all were consistently within the same range.

    In a rural town, the Nokia 6015i and a Moto E815 keep calls where two LG 3200's constantly change from digital to analog and also drop or fail to recieve calls. Also, while on an underground airport tram in Las Vegas, the Nokia maintained a call while simultaneously the LG and Moto dropped. We presume all were on the same tower.

    How interesting this is. A strong signal is important for us in the rural areas, so the phones that are strong for signal are nice. Again, your help is appreciated! Thanks!
     
  10. djjim

    djjim Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    555
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    2
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    My Phone:
    LG VX8370 Clout
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon (Old:Alltel, Nextel, At&t, USCC, Cricket)
    The lower the number, the stronger the signal. No suprise here. The Nokia did the best while the LG did the worst! That is about right. -50 is about a full signal, full bars! You are pretty close to that Verizon tower. I get -85 to -95 in my house, about 2, sometimes 3 bars. Over -100 is pretty bad.
     
  11. MOTOhooligan

    MOTOhooligan Former Mobile Data Addict
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    6,695
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    21
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    A Dead Zone
    My Phone:
    Motorola XT1929-17
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon
    That Nokia 6015i is great! I loved mine. Jason, why don't you just keep that phone?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  12. JasonWells

    JasonWells Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    South Dakota
    My Phone:
    AT&T i phone
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T, VZW
    I would actually like to keep it. It has about 50000 minutes and locks up for no reason, sometimes while on a call. The buttons will not work at times. To get it going again I remove the battery. Funny thing, it's under warranty until December 17th, but the four times I have brought it to get repaired/replaced, they take the covers off and clean it, fuss with it a bit and send me on the way saying, 'that should do it, these phones are sensitive to dust, etc, etc.' LOL. Or they say I will have to buy a new phone, usually though at a discount. I will press the issue again today. Thank you for all the help!
     

Share This Page

Copyright 1997-2020 Wireless Advisor™, LLC. All rights reserved. All registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
WirelessAdvisor.com is not associated by ownership or membership with any cellular, PCS or wireless service provider companies and is not meant to be an endorsement of any company or service. Some links on these pages may be paid advertising or paid affiliate programs.

Positive SSL
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice