Posted by Andi on November 12, 1998 at 08:30:16:
In Reply to: Re: I now that.. what's your point? posted by IHATETDMA on November 12, 1998 at 01:26:00:
I've been watching the "D" icon on my phone; it falls back to analog about 10% of the time, no more than that.
When I had sprint PCS for a month, I had the awful little Sony Z-100 phone which wasn't dual-band. It almost *NEVER* worked indoors and in some outdoors areas it didn't work. My Nokia 6160 works great in digital mode in all those places. All I can say is I'm very, very impressed. Even on a trip I recently took to Austin on I-35, I had a digital signal the whole way except for a small 10 mile piece in the middle. --Andi
: CDMA is actually a way better standard than TDMA... The reason you think your 6160 DUAL is good and clear is because that thing falls back to ANALOG mode 3/4 of the time without you noticing it. Believe me, I run a cell phone store for a living, and out of all the SPRINT/GTE/C-1/AT&T (which actually runs off C-1's system)/Nextel services that we carry, the GTE CDMA service is the best, at least in the BAY AREA... and as for the TDMA system, thank god it falls back on ANALOG whenever nesessary, otherwise, I believe you would have thrown that 6160 out your bimmer's door...
: Another reason to support the fact that TDMA DUAL is not as remarkable as the CDMA DUAL---your 6160 can only be connected to TDMA/DUAL carriers, unlike all other DUAL mode phones... This is a FIRST! This leads us to believe that Cellular One (TDMA) is also aware of the fact that their system is not as remarkable as the GTE (CDMA) system... Therefore making the 6160 TDMA DUAL only... (Or somehow reaching an agreement with Nokia)
: Hmm... All of us that work in this wireless retail business are still using the analog system as our first choice... and some are on the CDMA, and hardly no one uses the TDMA... Hard to believe, but it's true!
: : By the time CDMA becomes useful (at least 5 years from now) Nokia will have a 6100 series phone that supports it (6180). Right now CDMA is way underdeveloped; I tried it and got so many dropped calls and out of range areas it's sickening (Sprint PCS). I'm a very happy AT&T Digital PCS customer now (TDMA/AMPS on Nokia 6160). --Andi
: : : : AFAIK the cellphones BMW offers are analog-only junk. BMW has a really great idea with the buttons for the phone on the steering wheel but geez it's really stupid to make you get an analog phone that has short battery life and expensive airtime.
: : : : I have a Nokia 6160 dual-band (1900/800MHz) dual-mode (digital at both frequencies, analog at 800Mhz) cellular phone and it's an EXCELLENT phone. I also have the $150 Nokia CARK-91 handsfree car kit installed installed in my Maxima. What's great about the CARK-91 is that it works with not only the TDMA 6160 but also with the GSM 6110 and 6190, so you can switch phones/providers and as long as you get another Nokia 6100 series phone, you're set.
: : : : I really think BMW should collaborate with Nokia and offer support for the Nokia 6100 series phones from the factory. Hell, feel free to charge us $500 for the $150 Nokia kit, if you customize it to work with the steering wheel buttons I'm happy..
: : : : --Andi
: : : : : Wanted to know your option of the cell phone option. I'm ordering a 99' 328i and wanted to know if it's worth it. Can third party cell phones be installed intead?