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James, about phones
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~Lenore    Posted 11-01-2004 at 13:53:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
No I have not made a final purchase yet on my cordless phone.
So when you get to check yours let me know how good it was on distance and clarity.
I would love to get one that would do well between my house and my neighbor lady's.
I would get two good ones, one for her number and one for mine.

Hawk    Posted 11-01-2004 at 14:14:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use a GE 2.4 ghz nothing fancy and affordable,
and i can use it out behind my barn and can still receive and make calls, thats over 150`.

~Lenore    Posted 11-01-2004 at 14:33:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
My old phone that I loved was a 900MHz GE.
I tried the 2.4GHz by GE and it did not do well at all and our houses are less than 150' apart. I am wondering if the 5.4 GHz would be better. I hate having to change phones almost as much as I hate having to change cars.

big fred    Posted 11-01-2004 at 15:44:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got my sympathies there Lenore. Our 900MHz cordless bit the dust and we hadda replace it. Got a 5.8 GHz with an extra handset. It has pretty good range, my wife has been able to use it at our neighbor's about 300 or so ft away, as well as at the end of our driveway, about the same distance. I don't like it though. I can't figure out how to get it to dial the number. I think I gotta hit "send" but there's no "send" button. My wife makes most of the calls, anyway, and she's figured it out. If I need to make a call, I can just get in my truck and drive into town where I can get a signal on my cellphone and use that...

Quint    Posted 11-01-2004 at 18:18:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The cellphone reception is pretty hit and miss out here at my place in the sticks. You can get signal sometimes but you better not move once you get it. I put up a directional Yagi antenna and a product called a cellsocket docking station which lets you use your cellular with your regular landline phones. When I am at home I drop my cellular into the cellsocket and use a good Uniden 900MHz cordless I like. The external antenna brings the cell signal up to nearly full strength. Plus almost any call from my home landline phone is long distance while I get something like 1000 minutes free minutes on the cellular and free nights and weekends. I end up using the cellular most of the time and really very rarely use the landline anymore. I have half a notion to ditch the landline all together. Something other rural dwellers (and city folk for that matter) might want to look into.

On cordless phones I have had really good luck with Uniden brand. I actually like the 900 MHz variety better than the newer 2.4 and 5 GHz variety. At least with the ones I have experimented with the range was better on the 900 MHz and the interference was much less too. Keep in mind wireless computer networks microwave ovens and all sorts of other gizmos operate on 2.4 which makes interference and range reduction more likely. I haven't messed with the new 5 GHz as much but the one I did play around with still didn't have the range of my Digital Spread Spectrum 900 MHz Uniden workhorse.

big fred    Posted 11-01-2004 at 19:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll hafta look into that cell socket, looks like exactly what I want for our house in California. I like the 900 MHz, too, but I couldn't find a 900 MHz DSS phone when I went looking. Theoretically it should have much greater range, but we're satisfied with the 5.8. I avoided the 2.4 GHz mostly because that's the frequency that microwave ovens use, and I didn't like the idea of having a microwave oven transmitter inches from my brain. I might wanna use it someday, y'know.

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