rain? whats that!
Help connecting a Palm 505 to a mobile phone
There is a cable available to 505/515 users that allows certain (data capable)cell phones to connect to the Palm and act as a wireless modem from which I can call my ISP.
I'm with Rogers and according to them you need to purchase an additional
$25/month plan for 3MB a month!!
I dont want to access the net by the phone alone (via Rogers) but THROUGH the phone and my ISP...is there any difference?
Anyone else try this?
... as in "off my bike?"
Yeah, there are two ways to get Internet access through your cell phone.
Originally Posted by revelation
One is to use the phone as a modem, in which case you are dialing up a third-party ISP. This way you would not need the $25/month plan, but you would be using your plan minutes up for every minute you are connected to the Internet. I also believe cell phones only support 9.6kbps when used as analog modems, but there may be faster ones.
The other option is to use your wireless provider as the ISP, as long as they offer this service (I think all the local carriers do, Rogers for sure.) That's where the $25/3MB business plan comes in. They also have a $12/2MB personal plan which seems to me is a much better deal, as long as you're not going over 2MB/month. Benefits here are you are not paying for a third-party dial-up ISP account, you're connected directly through your provider via high-speed GPRS or 1X (closer to 56kbps modem speeds), and it doesn't use your plan minutes.
2MB doesn't sound like a lot, but after the inital "wow" factor of the 'net on your Palm wears off, you probably won't spend much time "surfing" as the experience is a little frustrating. It's only good for email and the occasional web-page when you're in a bind, IMHO. If you think you'll be using it a lot, definitely go for a larger plan however, because once you exceed your plan and start paying per kb, it gets pricey. Also watch out for roaming data usage. Even pricer.
rain? whats that!
I have unlimited evenings and weekends on my plan so thats not a prob but I didnt realize that mobile phones ran at 9.6kbs....is this true for all mobiles?
(not that a simple palm based web browser would be much more than a few lines of text).