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  • Cingular and Razr v3 and PhoCo - Good Combo?

    The title pretty much says it all... MEdiaNet Unlimited, Razr V3 (black or silver?) and PhoCo (in RoadRunner)... good combination? I just want a small phone that will work from my pocket. I've got a dlink usb bluetooth adapter ready and waiting. I want to get in the car and be able to talk to the microphone attached to the computer and hear the calls on the car speaker. caller id, voicemail notification on the screen, etc. I don't want to have to take the phone out of my pocket and plug it into usb (it's just too much of a slam on the cool factor scale).

    This will give me roaming internet access? How difficult is it going to be to get the cingular internet access to cohabitate nicely with the regular roaming wifi?

    Your thoughts and input are appreciated.
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  • #2
    Do a little search for the Razr and phonecontrol as I know it's talked about a good bit already. I have the v551 and I think both these motorollas only support 1 bluetooth connection at a time, so it's kind of a "workaround" how phonecontrol works with it. Took a little tweaking but I got it to work with mine, but what it does it connect to your phone (bluetooth) over a serial bluetooth connection to control the phone and let you know when you have the call, if you take the call on the screen then it drops that bluetooth connection and reconnects to the phone over a handsfree/audio gateway connection so that audio is routed through the computer.

    It works, but at least for me it was never 100% stable. Sometimes it wouldn't reconnect to the phone, or sometimes I couldn't hang up from the screen, etc... If I go back to using it I'll just use it control the phone and just use the phone itself or a wired headset.

    I've got the same medianet plan it works fine with dialing up to get on the internet, not very fast but enough to check simple sites out or check email or something. Only thing is that since the phone only does 1 bluetooth connection at a time then phonecontrol will have to disconnect in order for you to dialup through it.
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    • #3
      I wouldn't do it. The Razr isn't going to give you much more than dial-up speed.
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      • #4
        go nokia 6682, it can support of to 5 bt connections at one time.
        Josh
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        • #5
          Thanks, this is exactly the sort of response I'm looking for.

          I'm working very hard (due to wife's insistence) on not buying more than I need... although sometimes I fail miserably... like who needs an athlon xp 64 in a car? Despite that failure, I'd like to get the minimum phone possible. Frankly, I hate talking on the phone and any of the PDA features I'd just do on my car anyway. Is there any practical way to find out which of these phones support multiple bluetooth connections? I don't think the PhoCo compatibility chart is very up to date, either.

          If I stick with Cingular, it looks like the Samsung D357 is the cheapest BT phone (and it has EDGE). But I can't find, either on Cingular or Sammy's site any information about the number of BT connections you can have (despite flipping through the 210!!! page user guide. And obviously it's nowhere near as cool-looking a phone. Oh, and Zorro from PhoCo says "I don't think so. Samsung phones are pure crap, concerning the AT-Command Interface. Never saw one working without any problems." So maybe I shouldn't be looking at Sammy with PhoCo...


          Maybe I should ask the question the other way... starting with the phone, what's the coolest phone I can get that (i) has multiple bluetooth connections, (ii) is compatible with a carrier that has high speed (ish) internet access, and (iii) doesn't have a load of features I don't need? Then I can go on ebay and buy an unlocked one or find a package from the provider.

          Thanks again
          GA-K8VM800M, Sempron 64 2800+, 512mb DDR400, D-Link USB BT, Linksys .11g NIC, 250gb IDE, BU-353, SIR-ALP1 w/ MJS, DSATX 220w, DWW-700H

          Worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=65059
          Now with pictures!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by randomjohn
            Maybe I should ask the question the other way... starting with the phone, what's the coolest phone I can get that (i) has multiple bluetooth connections, (ii) is compatible with a carrier that has high speed (ish) internet access, and (iii) doesn't have a load of features I don't need? Then I can go on ebay and buy an unlocked one or find a package from the provider.

            Thanks again
            With all those features, i dont think there is a phone that wont have the extras you dont need. those are top of the line features. From that criteria with cingular i think the 6682 is the only phone; somone please correct me if i am wrong. I would say get teh z520a but it only connects thru gprs. Check out www.phonescoop.com to get most feature on the phones.
            Josh
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            • #7
              From when I switched I looked at getting that 6682 and it seemed like a great phone. When I was ready to get a new phone they were having some issues with the firmware on that one so I couldn't get it but I think that's been worked out? You should jump over to http://www.howardforums.com/ and do some searches on some of the Cingular phones.
              Nick
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              • #8
                Go with a Moto V551/V557 or Samsung D307/D357

                All 3 give you Edge speeds and BT and are WAAAAAAAY better than the Razr... IMHO

                Peace,

                Rafster

                P.S. I used to have both a V551 (It was stollen ) and a RAZR.... I would love to get another V551/V557, but I'm happy with my Nokia 6620
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                • #9
                  i just connected my cingular RAZR to my computer via the usb cable and was able to get 230kbps.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wesniles
                    i just connected my cingular RAZR to my computer via the usb cable and was able to get 230kbps.
                    Hmmm, how did you manage that? Razr is GPRS Class 10....

                    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=547

                    http://www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk/gprs.htm
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                    • #11
                      maybe he did not disable his cable modem
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alti
                        maybe he did not disable his cable modem
                        nah, at those speeds, it's probably DSL.....

                        Peace,

                        Rafster
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                        • #13
                          Was that 230kbps on an online speed test? You can't go by what the little connection icon on the taskbar says b/c that's the "serial" connection between the computer and phone.
                          Nick
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nkotch
                            Was that 230kbps on an online speed test? You can't go by what the little connection icon on the taskbar says b/c that's the "serial" connection between the computer and phone.
                            Yeah, Kind of like my UPNP internet connection in My Network Places says I have a 100MBPS connection....
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                            • #15
                              my cable modem was disconnected....but if u can link up that online speed test ill try again tonight and post what it says the speed is.

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