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Old 03-06-2006, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question OT: Cell phone internet access on Mac Laptop?

Hey, any of you all fancy smart computer people use your cell phone to connect to the internet on your laptop? I heard it can be done, but is it expensive($$$$$$), fast(slow)... and on a mac? i've got cingular and a moto v600. and a powerbook with bluetooth(and usb cord too)

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Old 03-06-2006, 11:58 AM   #2
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Haven't done it on a Mac, but I've done it with both a Motorola V551 and my Sony Ericsson W600i. Here's the problem. Cingulars data plans are tiered. The unlimited MEdiaNet plan is $20/mo and can be used with a laptop... technically. The terms of service forbid it, however. If you do it rarely, they won't notice I don't think. (Haven't yet, and I've been on for 3 months). The most I've used in a month though is 10MB.. it adds up fast when using a laptop.

Option B: Dialup through the cell. Requires a dialup account somewhere, uses your minutes and only connects at 9600bps, which is almost unusable.

Option C: Get a Laptop Data Connect package for $60/mo that requires a PCMCIA card to connect. The only valid, and TOS frendly option. Expensive, but it's by the book.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:59 AM   #3
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Oh, to add... Speeds vary based on the phone... If you have Edge access, expect about a 90kbps connection (About 9K/sec). GPRS alone is a bit slower. It's not lightning quick, but it works.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:02 PM   #4
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Or switch to VZW and get like...700k/s or so.

I can't wait until Telus up here gets an EV-DO blackberry so I can get one and use it as a laptop modem. I'm not a huge CDMA fan (had a GSM phone for 8+ yrs) but I'd take 700k > 56k any day for data.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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Well, he asked about the V600. You can get HSDPA laptop cards, and I believe one phone may be out now that catches everything right up on speed.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:20 PM   #6
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I have a Blackberry from Verizon and have the tethered modem option. I get speeds of 115kbps. It's fast enough that I can VPN into my office network.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:27 PM   #7
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I havn't tried it with a mac, but on my PC laptop i've done it with my verizon lg vx6000. No plan was required. You just set it up as a modem and with the right settings, it just uses your airtime minutes (meaning free internet at off peak). I usualy got 100-150 k/s. Good enough to check mail/internet/instant messenger.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:32 PM   #8
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Or switch to VZW and get like...700k/s or so.

I can't wait until Telus up here gets an EV-DO blackberry so I can get one and use it as a laptop modem. I'm not a huge CDMA fan (had a GSM phone for 8+ yrs) but I'd take 700k > 56k any day for data.
Verizon's EVDO based Broadband Access products are not MAC compatible.. sorry.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:37 PM   #9
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get this quarters 2600 magazine

there is an article on this topic with links to phone scripts, info on the different carriers networks etc

I tried a t-mobile razr and my blackberry and it they both work flawlessly

getting about 100-200kbps

EDIT: here is the 2600 edition that has the article

http://store.2600.com/winter20052006.html
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:37 PM   #10
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Where do you live Doofus? If you are in an area that Cingular has launched UMTS then that is the way to go. You would need to upgrade your phone, or get a PC Card, but you will get connection speeds of on average 700k with bursts to 1.2mbs. I have been testing the UMTS for Cingular for the past few weeks and it is much faster than my Comcast Cable Modem.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:38 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Verizon's EVDO based Broadband Access products are not MAC compatible.. sorry.

yeah they are.... I have the v620 card and mine plugged in and worked perfectly....
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:41 PM   #12
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Verizon's EVDO based Broadband Access products are not MAC compatible.. sorry.
False. http://www.evdoinfo.com/Tips/PC_5220...O_20050712475/

And I'm working on getting my PB to use my 700w's EVDO thru bluetooth now.
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For any of this cell phone stuff, the best place is howardforums (sorry, I don't have enough posts to put up the link, apparently you aren't allowed URL's until after 5 posts ).

They have it all. Guides, troubleshooting, etc. I got my Verizon v710 working to my Powerbook over bluetooth within a few minutes (using airtime, no data plan). Fast enough for most things.

Good luck!
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False. http://www.evdoinfo.com/Tips/PC_5220...O_20050712475/

And I'm working on getting my PB to use my 700w's EVDO thru bluetooth now.
OK I guess I should have been a bit more specific.. Verizon Wireless does not support thier BroadBand Access products when used in conjunction with a Mac product.
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:04 PM   #15
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OK I guess I should have been a bit more specific.. Verizon Wireless does not support thier BroadBand Access products when used in conjunction with a Mac product.

um I have a v620 verizion broadband PCMCIA card



and a 1GHz titanium powerbook running OSX 10.4.4 and the card works plug and play perfectly... as far as support they sold me that card knowing i had a mac....
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um I have a v620 verizion broadband PCMCIA card



and a 1GHz titanium powerbook running OSX 10.4.4 and the card works plug and play perfectly... as far as support they sold me that card knowing i had a mac....
go ahead and call up Verizon's Data Support team and tell them you are having a problem and see what they tell you, your salesperson did you disservice in not notifying you that they do not provide support to Mac owners using these products.
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:30 PM   #17
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Check out Howard Forums . One of the best online resources for cell phone stuff.
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Old 03-06-2006, 01:43 PM   #18
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go ahead and call up Verizon's Data Support team and tell them you are having a problem and see what they tell you, your salesperson did you disservice in not notifying you that they do not provide support to Mac owners using these products.

I have called them about spotty reception in certain areas on the Metra North Train and they sent me a cdrom (albeit pc-based) that 'updated' the coverage map.. I went through a 20minute 'troubleshooting session' with them that was pretty mac-centric too : ohwell:
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Old 03-06-2006, 05:15 PM   #19
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hmmm. Thanks for the responses.

I just looked up the free verizon mobile office kit... and they only sell it for older phones. looks like they want to move people onto EV-DO... big surprise.

Cingular seems interesting... not to expensive.

Howard forums it is.
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