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Indoor phone reception

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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby Steve_R » 13 Jul 2018, 10:52

im_no_pro wrote:
Steve_R wrote:It's a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803

Your handset could well be part of the issue. Not all phones are created equal when it comes to signal strength. A quick google of sony z3 compact reception issues' will get you a lot of hits, mostly unresolved by the looks of things.

When we went from Telstra to Optus for work a few years back we had to replace all iPhone 4 handsets as they became virtually useless overnight in a lot of areas (we have hundreds of mobiles all over the country).

Because you are in a regional area i'd suggest looking at Telstra's list of blue tick handsets - these are tested to provid the best coverage on their network.


Thanks. One of the 'benefits' of fishing is I kill phones frequently in water or dropping them (three maybe four in five years). I may visit the Blue tick list then. However, my preferences will be very limited. I can live without smart phone Apps. A dumb phone suits my needs fine, other than the need to carry a separate camera. I live in hope that Nikon (or similar) will add a dumb phone to its waterproof compact camera by the time I need another.

This building is a major contributor to the signal problem. Outside the signal is OK.

GSM was doing the trick but seems to have been taken down not long after I said the signal was better than WCDMA.

I now have the network preference set to LTE (preferred)/WCDMA/GSM. There are two bars when sitting near the window and it kept working at the desktop PC the other day. Near the back door and near the modem are still flaky. Also, it drops out in the little room (e.g. during completion of a Taxation return :evilgrin:)

My wife's dumb phone lost network access when GSM went down and she now has a hand-me-down Sony Z5 compact. She is away at present but it is probably safe to assume it will have the same problem. Sigh!
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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby Galey » 13 Jul 2018, 12:31

Steve_R wrote: I live in hope that Nikon (or similar) will add a dumb phone to its waterproof compact camera by the time I need another.


All of this is way above my head but this bit is pure genius.
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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby peatop » 13 Jul 2018, 12:38

Lol im a bit of a fumble fingers around water, i keep my phone in waterproof phone pouch, i see they make one for an SLR now but im not sure i want to put that much faith in one.
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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby Digger » 13 Jul 2018, 13:47

I carry a compact waterproof camera around my neck when out in the boat or fishing.

Handy when I need it!
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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby Steve_R » 13 Jul 2018, 19:59

Digger wrote:I carry a compact waterproof camera around my neck when out in the boat or fishing.

Handy when I need it!


I managed to get sand into one of those. Hang on. No, that was the Nikon zoom mechanism.I can't recall what disaster happened to the waterproof compact. However, it was never wet so it wasn't that.

The non-waterproof camera survived a roll in the kayak without being drowned. In the racing kayak with photo framed the thought was like the background noise in a YouTube fail video - "why is the horizon tilting". The urgency to save the camera resulted in the kayak going the rest of the way, together with open waterproof pouch containing phone (drowned) and electronic car key (stayed dry inside).
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Re: Indoor phone reception

Postby Digger » 13 Jul 2018, 21:36

Steve_R wrote:
Digger wrote:I carry a compact waterproof camera around my neck when out in the boat or fishing.

Handy when I need it!


I managed to get sand into one of those. Hang on. No, that was the Nikon zoom mechanism.I can't recall what disaster happened to the waterproof compact. However, it was never wet so it wasn't that.

The non-waterproof camera survived a roll in the kayak without being drowned. In the racing kayak with photo framed the thought was like the background noise in a YouTube fail video - "why is the horizon tilting". The urgency to save the camera resulted in the kayak going the rest of the way, together with open waterproof pouch containing phone (drowned) and electronic car key (stayed dry inside).


In fact the photo in your sig was my little Fujifilm whatever it is. (Cropped to make it look closer)
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