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Old 08-30-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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Bluetooth Internet Connection?

We are going fulll time in November so I am researching internet connection while on the road. I plan to go with Verizon's nationwide cellphone package as it seems to have the best coverage and more people have recommended it. I am also getting a new Dell laptop so I caconnect, get email, etc and get rid of the big bulky home syste,

Now with the background out of the way, here is the point. Someone told me that if I get a Bluetooth enabled card on the Dell laptop, and a Bluetooth enabled cellular phone, all I have to do to connect to the internet is to put the cellular next to the laptop (within about 10 feet as I recall) and then it acts like a dial up modem and you connect and can send and recieve data via this Bluetooth connection (assuming you are in an area with Verizon coverage). Not super fast but with the Verizon free nights and weekends with the Nationwide plan, just sending at those off peak hours will cost nothing. So apparently you can surf the net (albeit slowly) or send and recieve email (no problem if that is a little slow), etc.

Has anyone tried this concept or does anyone know anything about it. Do you need the Verizon wireless card as well (for some reason I wouldn't think you would but no one at Verizon knows) I assume you have to have the Verizon data transfer package as well ($80/mo for unlimited data transfer), but since the phone can accept data (text messaging) that may not be needed with the Bluetooth setup. Anyone with knowlege of this that can fill me in would be a great help.

Technology is moving so fast, everything seems to be getting better and this Bluetooth idea sounded like a good one if it would work.

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Old 08-30-2005, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:04 PM   #3
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Lee, the Bluetooth gimmick just replaces a cable between your computer and your mobile phone. If you want to save money and have the pick of a wider range of mobile phones, skip Bluetooth and just buy the cable. Verizon sells it. The performance is exactly the same either way.

You don't need the Verizon "data card" because you are using your phone. The data card is for people who don't want to use a phone as their connection. Basically, the card is a second wireless phone, which requires a second wireless account.

You don't have to take the $80 unlimited data plan. If you use just a little Internet time, you can stick with your current Verizon plan and the minutes you use will be deducted from your existing service plan.
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:47 PM   #4
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The whole point of bluetooth is to wear a wireless headset.

Very neat when you needs hands-free phone.
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:25 AM   #5
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The whole point of bluetooth is to wear a wireless headset.

Very neat when you needs hands-free phone.
Bluetooth has other uses too. I use quite a few bluetooth gadgets because I don't care for the tangle of cables everywhere. I use bluetooth for my computer keyboard, mouse and for synchronizing my Palm PDA.
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Download Speeds

One thing to consider is the very limited download speeds when you use your cell phone as a modem. It is slower than dial-up as I recall. The other alternative is to get a wireless data card that fits in your PCMCIA slot on your lap top. It is much faster than dial-up although not as fast as broadband, and you can use it anywhere you get cell signal as it is based in the cell system.

I use it in my service van every day and find it indispensable!
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I am posting this with a Sprint EVDO card, (Sierra 580) in my laptop, from Gainesville, Florida. The EVDO connection is almost as fast as DSL. If you want broadband speeds from a cellphone tethered to your computer, you MUST have an EVDO enabled handset. Otherwise you will be at the slower 1Xrtt speeds which can be as fast as 3X dialup.

For more information, check out http://www.evdoforums.com
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I use my Verizon phone with the USB cable when I can't find WIFI. It works, and is reliable, but is abysmally slow; 14.4 max transmission/recieve speeds. It's better than no connectivity, but I wouldn't want to use it for my ONLY connectivity!

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Bluetooth is good up to 30 feet, your plans should work fine. You are correct that it will be slow but if you are okay with that then go for it.
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We have travelled all over the country using a Verizon cellphone for internet connectivity. There are 3 different speeds. The fastest 2 are OK for surfing. The slow speed is only useful for character email(non html, no big images). More and more often you may have access to wireless internet connectoivity.

You can get unlimited data access from verizon for around $59/month.

There is a yahoo group called InternetByCellphone which has lots of good information.
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One thing to consider is the very limited download speeds when you use your cell phone as a modem. It is slower than dial-up as I recall. The other alternative is to get a wireless data card that fits in your PCMCIA slot on your lap top. It is much faster than dial-up although not as fast as broadband, and you can use it anywhere you get cell signal as it is based in the cell system.

I use it in my service van every day and find it indispensable!
Hey Lew...I am picking on you again with the Sprint PCS 3G system (CDMA?) I get a max of 130kbps download and usually in the low 90kbps upload. However on occasion, for what ever reason I get 90kbps downloads and 100+kbps uploads. From my meager understanding of the sytem, the speeds depend on the quality of signal, distance from the tower, amount of traffic on said tower and the most important...the alignment of the planets, stars and if you took a shower that day or not I have had very good luck with the Sprint system. I have one of the olllld plans with the unlimited data. I use a patch cable from Gomadic and a Sanyo PM-8200 phone. Eventually I do plan the upgrade to the Verizon EVDO capable aircard. But I am going to make my company pay for it.

And just to keep it on topic me and bluetooth don't get along. I had a couple of BT devices and all they did was fight with each other and p**s me off. That was several years ago so I hope the technology has improved.

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