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Anonymous
July 17, 2004 10:46:37 PM

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I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens Ericsson
Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called there
is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These are
calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original antennae
installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
Anybody else with similar experiences?
Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
Anonymous
July 17, 2004 11:44:42 PM

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Most of North and West Vancouver is pretty good, I am surprised, but I
don't believe anybody covers it well. I know hiking Grouse with friends,
we came across a pair of locations on the trail to Goat mountain where
Fido worked in one, and Telus in another, Rogers in neither, so it is to
some extent a matter of luck.

As for GSM, yes, i like it but I do think it is more of a matter of how
well designed the system is. Rogers GSM, in my opinion, is shoddy in
many locations.

I live in Kits, so CityFido is perfect as my main phone on Fido. From my
experience of sound quality, I would not be able to say that for Rogers
GSM or Telus.

It is defiitly worth talking to Fido. My experience is that they always
tell you they will 'look into it and get back to you' but never do, but
there are several locations where I have called about bad service and it
has been fixed shortly after my call. St Georges school is one example,
a Langly housing project is another. Maybe it was co-incidence, but it
is worth calling.

I also noticed that coverage up to Lions Bay and beyond has improved.
Maybe just tweaking, but it is better, so I would not give up hope.

Fido is doing OK - that is what scared Telus into trying to buy it. It
is expected that the 25% foreign ownership limit will be removed and the
rumour is that they have foreign investors willing to help. They are
also doing well with CitiyFido. I don't expect a major increase in area
of coverage, but i think it quite likely around the edges of the major
cities they already cover.


Andrew

Nigel Wootton wrote:
> I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens Ericsson
> Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
> returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
> i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called there
> is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These are
> calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
> I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original antennae
> installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
> Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
> Anybody else with similar experiences?
> Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
>
>
Anonymous
July 18, 2004 12:34:26 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

Get the Siemens M55. The Z200 is a horrid phone in terms of RF. Check out
howardforums.com for more info if you need it.


"Nigel Wootton" <nigel_wootton@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:hueKc.45944$Mr4.27075@pd7tw1no...
> I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens
Ericsson
> Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
> returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
> i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called
there
> is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These are
> calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
> I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original antennae
> installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
> Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
> Anybody else with similar experiences?
> Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
>
>
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Anonymous
July 18, 2004 12:29:54 PM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.fido (More info?)

I think that you mean "Sony-Ericsson" and not Siemens Ericsson.

In any event, there are some posts about the low quality (signal strength)
of the Sony Ericsson Z200 which many people say is an entry (low level)
phone.


"Nigel Wootton" <nigel_wootton@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:hueKc.45944$Mr4.27075@pd7tw1no...
> I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens
Ericsson
> Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
> returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
> i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called
there
> is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These are
> calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
> I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original antennae
> installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
> Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
> Anybody else with similar experiences?
> Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
>
>
Anonymous
July 19, 2004 7:31:07 AM

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> I also noticed that coverage up to Lions Bay and beyond has improved.
> Maybe just tweaking, but it is better, so I would not give up hope.

It will only grow and get better :) 
July 19, 2004 9:52:34 AM

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<mothermayI@shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:%fHKc.55866$od7.683@pd7tw3no...
: > I also noticed that coverage up to Lions Bay and beyond has
improved.
: > Maybe just tweaking, but it is better, so I would not give up
hope.
:
: It will only grow and get better :) 

Only if there is sufficient demand.
Anonymous
July 19, 2004 10:31:53 AM

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I have wondered why it is not better, given that Fido makes a lot more
on calls up in Whistler, namely LD charges plus airtime. (which for
Vancouver customers on CityFido is I believe 20c per minute).

On the good side, the financials are looking better, albeit not as good
as I had hoped. But with Craig McCaw involved, it is looking up.


It seems to me that there is a desperate need to at least do Squamish,
and complete Nanaimo to Victoria.


Anyone there in the know that can hint at some timing?

Andrew


Sam wrote:
> <mothermayI@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:%fHKc.55866$od7.683@pd7tw3no...
> : > I also noticed that coverage up to Lions Bay and beyond has
> improved.
> : > Maybe just tweaking, but it is better, so I would not give up
> hope.
> :
> : It will only grow and get better :) 
>
> Only if there is sufficient demand.
>
>
Anonymous
July 20, 2004 1:24:55 AM

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It has EVERYTHING to do with the phone... The Z200 is a horible phone when
it comes to reception... Try a Siemens, Motorola or a Nokia...

TPG


"Harry Eugene Ly" <consumers-get-bad-service@bigcompanies.com> wrote in
message news:63uKc.261$o5.14794@wagner.videotron.net...
> I think that you mean "Sony-Ericsson" and not Siemens Ericsson.
>
> In any event, there are some posts about the low quality (signal strength)
> of the Sony Ericsson Z200 which many people say is an entry (low level)
> phone.
>
>
> "Nigel Wootton" <nigel_wootton@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:hueKc.45944$Mr4.27075@pd7tw1no...
> > I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens
> Ericsson
> > Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
> > returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
> > i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called
> there
> > is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These
are
> > calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
> > I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original
antennae
> > installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
> > Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
> > Anybody else with similar experiences?
> > Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
July 20, 2004 5:43:22 AM

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I should indeed have said Sony Ericsson.
Thanks for the correction.

Also thanks for all the other responses.

Regards
"Harry Eugene Ly" <consumers-get-bad-service@bigcompanies.com> wrote in
message news:63uKc.261$o5.14794@wagner.videotron.net...
> I think that you mean "Sony-Ericsson" and not Siemens Ericsson.
>
> In any event, there are some posts about the low quality (signal strength)
> of the Sony Ericsson Z200 which many people say is an entry (low level)
> phone.
>
>
> "Nigel Wootton" <nigel_wootton@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:hueKc.45944$Mr4.27075@pd7tw1no...
> > I recently signed up with Fido, via Sprint Canada, using a Siemens
> Ericsson
> > Z200. Reception in the area that I am using it in it, is so poor I have
> > returned it to Sprint. Numerous calls from the Z200 establish connection
> > i.e. ring and are picked, but no voice when answered. Also when called
> there
> > is insufficient received signal strength, so voicemail picks up. These
are
> > calls between my wife and I so we exchange info after abortive call.
> > I am very disappointed as I prefer GSM and worked on the original
antennae
> > installations with Fido in the mid 90s.
> > Sprint Canada CS has been very good.
> > Anybody else with similar experiences?
> > Any chance of Fido adding antennaes in their current financial state?
> >
> >
>
>
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