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Samsung SCH-A650 vs. Audiovox CDM-8600: which better?

by lotukei    Aug 11, 2004, 2:23 PM

I am hoping someone here has tried both phones and can share their experiences. I currently have the Audiovox CDM-8600, which I just got 4 days ago, and it is my first cellular phone so I have nothing to compare it with. Like the Samsung, it is tri-mode, something I REALLY need.

Which phone is better able to pull in a weak signal? I live part of the year in a rural, fringe, analog area less than 1/8 mile from a no-service (for any company) zone. My primary concern when selecting a cell phone is it's ability to receive a signal. Voice quality is next. Bells and whistles are minor concerns to the above. I don't care how much a cell phone costs as long as it enable me to make and receive calls.

I have asked Verizon which of their tri-mode phones pulls in a signal the best. All I get is a non-statement that all are "about" the same although one with a pull-up antenna "might" be a little better. Basically, I get the impression cellular phone offerings are not tested and compared for signal strength (which is VERY important to me).

I have 10 more days to decide if I want to keep the Audiovox or get something else. The problem with just taking it back to try the Samsung SCH-A650 is that I do not then have the option to take the Samsung back if I find the Audiovox was actually better. Both have the pull-up antenna.

So, I'm hoping someone here has tried both or, knows someone with the Audiovox and has done a comparison with the other person.

BTW, the ringer volume on the Audiovox is too low and I don't care for the ringer selections. Neither are reasons for me to return the phone, however, if it turns out it's a good phone for signal strength.

BTW2, Audiovox is getting out of the cell phone business, is selling off this division to UTStarcom Inc. for $165.1 million in cash. The way technology changes, though, I figure I'll be in the market for a new phone in another yer or so--and that my current warranty will have to be honored if I keep this phone.

BTW3: I posted this to the Samsung board, too, in case someone there has an answer.

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