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  1. #1
    Jane
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    I travel a lot and I am dependent on having internet access from my laptop
    (not to just browse the web). Since I have unlimited night & weekend
    minutes and that is when I do most of my dialing-out, I am looking for a
    mobile phone that I can hook up to my laptop and dial-out to my ISP and get
    charged by minute of mobile usage. (Of course, my per minute charges will be
    nil, since I am using night minutes.)

    I cannot afford the $500-$600 phones nor pay for connectivity on a 1cent/KB
    basis.

    What are my options when it comes to choosing a phone and plan?

    Thanks in advance.







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  2. #2
    DAN DIPRIMA
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    Re: PC connectivity

    Sprint would be the way to go with their sprints pcs clear across
    America plan, which includes no roaming and long distance. Also they
    have plans that start at $60 which includes cellular and Internet
    access.Sprint pretty much gives you the bang for your dollar and its
    not that expensive. Also another option would be T-Mobile which they
    also have no roaming and long distance included. They have rate plans
    that start at $19.99 a month for voice and for $29.99 you can get
    unlimited Internet access. Good Luck!!
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    DAN DIPRIMA
    BEEPER DEPOT


    "Jane" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > I travel a lot and I am dependent on having internet access from my laptop
    > (not to just browse the web). Since I have unlimited night & weekend
    > minutes and that is when I do most of my dialing-out, I am looking for a
    > mobile phone that I can hook up to my laptop and dial-out to my ISP and get
    > charged by minute of mobile usage. (Of course, my per minute charges will be
    > nil, since I am using night minutes.)
    >
    > I cannot afford the $500-$600 phones nor pay for connectivity on a 1cent/KB
    > basis.
    >
    > What are my options when it comes to choosing a phone and plan?
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >
    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  3. #3
    Jane
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    I forgot to mention that I have a Samsung SCH-8500.







  4. #4
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity


    "Jane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I forgot to mention that I have a Samsung SCH-8500.


    Should be no problem for you Jane, as long as you add the WW option to your
    plan and have a cable to connect to your laptop. You can expect to get 19.2
    KB download speeds.

    Bob





  5. #5
    Jane
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity


    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Should be no problem for you Jane, as long as you add the WW option to

    your
    > plan and have a cable to connect to your laptop. You can expect to get

    19.2
    > KB download speeds.
    >


    Thanks for the response.

    So, if I add the WirelessWeb option, I can use my phone (with a serial data
    cable) to dial to my ISP? Does the WW use my phone minutes?

    I located some data-cables on eBay. Do, I need special s/w? If yes, where
    can I get it?







  6. #6
    1900mhzcdma
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    Bob Smith wrote:
    > "Jane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >
    >>I forgot to mention that I have a Samsung SCH-8500.

    >
    >
    > Should be no problem for you Jane, as long as you add the WW option to your
    > plan and have a cable to connect to your laptop. You can expect to get 19.2
    > KB download speeds.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >

    14.4 kbps. The 19.2 is just the speed of the serial port.

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  7. #7
    Phillipe
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    Re: PC connectivity

    In article <[email protected]>,
    1900mhzcdma <[email protected]> wrote:

    > 14.4 kbps. The 19.2 is just the speed of the serial port.


    and throughput with overhead makes it more like 9600 baud



  8. #8
    1900mhzcdma
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    Phillipe wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > 1900mhzcdma <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>14.4 kbps. The 19.2 is just the speed of the serial port.

    >
    >
    > and throughput with overhead makes it more like 9600 baud

    http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Info/G...erms/baud.html

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  9. #9
    randomname1
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    DO NOT USE SPRINT! Try T-mobile, Verzion, or others.

    Sprint's connectivity is POOR. If you get Vision, you cannot use your
    phone as a modem (as stated in the Vision agreement). If you use
    Wireless Web, the connection speed is 14.4 kbs (actual speed is closer
    to 1/2 that speed).

    Example: When I get the sprintpcs website using the Wireless Web and
    it takes 6-7 minutes to get it on-screen. Connecting to my isp using
    the WW is still TOO slow.

    Or, you can use the Vision system and possibly pay 39 cents per minute
    rate. The other carriers have better connectivity plans.

    As an added nail to the coffin, Sprint no longer sells cables and
    software to connect a cellphone to computer.

    I am leaving sprint as soon as my plan is up (about the same time that
    number portability takes effect).
    --------------

    > What are my options when it comes to choosing a phone and plan?
    >
    > Thanks in advance.




  10. #10
    Joseph Huber
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 01:30:11 GMT, 1900mhzcdma <[email protected]>
    wrote:
    >Phillipe wrote:
    >> and throughput with overhead makes it more like 9600 baud

    >http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Info/G...erms/baud.html


    So which one are you...an editor, a pedant, or a communications
    engineer?

    Joseph Huber
    [email protected]



  11. #11
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity


    "Jane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > > Should be no problem for you Jane, as long as you add the WW option to

    > your
    > > plan and have a cable to connect to your laptop. You can expect to get

    > 19.2
    > > KB download speeds.
    > >

    >
    > Thanks for the response.
    >
    > So, if I add the WirelessWeb option, I can use my phone (with a serial

    data
    > cable) to dial to my ISP? Does the WW use my phone minutes?


    Yes, it does use minutes off your plan.
    >
    > I located some data-cables on eBay. Do, I need special s/w? If yes, where
    > can I get it?


    No, all you would need to set up a new dial up. As it's been a while since I
    went on line with a 2G phone, you can go to John Navas site, as he has
    listed the instructions there.
    http://navasgrp.home.att.net/tech/sch-8500/index.htm

    Bob





  12. #12
    Joseph Huber
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    On 31 Aug 2003 20:49:19 -0700, [email protected] (randomname1)
    wrote:
    >DO NOT USE SPRINT! Try T-mobile, Verzion, or others.


    As it stands now, I'd have to agree with this recommendation, and the
    rest of the post as well.

    I've used Wireless Web for several years, and it's served me well. As
    a modem for a PC, WW still works ok for POP3/IMAP/SMTP email (unless
    somebody sends you a big attachment), but most websites nowadays have
    so many graphics and such that accessing them at WW speeds is
    impractical. Unfortunately, even email is becoming too much for WW,
    as many people are sending HTML email with images and other bells and
    whistles.

    >I am leaving sprint as soon as my plan is up (about the same time that
    >number portability takes effect).


    I'll be leaving as soon as number portability takes effect as well,
    unless Sprint PCS changes their ludicrous policy of prohibiting Vision
    phones to be used as modems. I'd prefer to stay with Sprint, as I
    think they have better 3G coverage than Verizion, but Sprint just
    doesn't have any reasonably priced options for voice/data users.

    I'm a die-hard Motorola fan, and I'd even give up on a Motorola phone
    to stay with Sprint PCS, if they offered something similar to
    Verizion's Express Network...

    Joseph Huber
    [email protected]



  13. #13
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    Jane wrote:
    > "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >>
    >> Should be no problem for you Jane, as long as you add the WW option
    >> to your plan and have a cable to connect to your laptop. You can
    >> expect to get 19.2 KB download speeds.
    >>

    >
    > Thanks for the response.
    >
    > So, if I add the WirelessWeb option, I can use my phone (with a
    > serial data cable) to dial to my ISP? Does the WW use my phone
    > minutes?
    >
    > I located some data-cables on eBay. Do, I need special s/w? If yes,
    > where can I get it?


    Jane, I'll have to double-check to be sure, but I don't think that dialing
    into your ISP is viable. At least, not as part of the Wireless Web plan. I
    haven't looked in several weeks, but I'm pretty sure you need to basically
    use SPCS as your ISP using "Data Dialer" software, or else you'll get hit
    for 39/min charges when you dial into your ISP.

    I'll try to look into that next chance I get.
    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint
    I *don't* speak for them





  14. #14
    1900mhzcdma
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    Joseph Huber wrote:

    > On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 01:30:11 GMT, 1900mhzcdma <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Phillipe wrote:
    >>
    >>>and throughput with overhead makes it more like 9600 baud

    >>
    >>http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Info/G...erms/baud.html

    >
    >
    > So which one are you...an editor, a pedant, or a communications
    > engineer?
    >
    > Joseph Huber
    > [email protected]

    I guess I'm an editor. I stuff stuff in this newsgroup, so I guess it
    would be close to an editorial, whatever that is. I'm not sure what a
    pedant is and i'm damn sure i aint no communications engineer.

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  15. #15
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: PC connectivity

    Your best option is to get a Sprint PCS Connection Card for your
    laptop and sign it up with a Connection Card Plan. It would be all data
    based billing, with no time of day/week differential. It would not have
    anything to do with minutes on your phone. You don't even have to have
    a phone.


    Jane wrote:

    > I travel a lot and I am dependent on having internet access from my laptop
    > (not to just browse the web). Since I have unlimited night & weekend
    > minutes and that is when I do most of my dialing-out, I am looking for a
    > mobile phone that I can hook up to my laptop and dial-out to my ISP and get
    > charged by minute of mobile usage. (Of course, my per minute charges will be
    > nil, since I am using night minutes.)
    >
    > I cannot afford the $500-$600 phones nor pay for connectivity on a 1cent/KB
    > basis.
    >
    > What are my options when it comes to choosing a phone and plan?
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >
    >
    >





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