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    Internet anywhere?

    hey, im starting to gather the materials for installing my Carputer, but im starting to think about using a cell phone to hook into my mac G4 cube im installing. I understand that installing it into a mac will be hard because of drivers, but i dont realy know how cell phone internet works, or anything. So although i would REALLY like specific information about hooking a cell phone perminintly into my carputer, any info about cell phone internet would be appriciated!
    thanks so much!

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    You could use bluetooth, but there are also thingys that plug into phones to make it a "jack" so you can use it on a modem.. Sorry, its been a LONG time since I have seen one of those, so I am not going to be much help..
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    Bluetooth not the way to go for Mac?

    Quote Originally Posted by SiGmA_X
    You could use bluetooth, but there are also thingys that plug into phones to make it a "jack" so you can use it on a modem.. Sorry, its been a LONG time since I have seen one of those, so I am not going to be much help..

    I went to http://www.deja.com and typed in "gprs mac driver bluetooth", it doesn't seem the way to go right now with very few phones supporting Mac Bluetooth.

    Most of Nokia's phones only have PC drivers to use the cell as a GPRS modem.

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    I know nothing about macs but I can answer your second question. The phone connects to the phone carrier's network. You can also connect to your own ISP but they charge you for that.
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    also this is an option. t-mobile gives you fast wireless internet for $30 a month. they're availabe at the *hotspots* (starbucks, airports, etc.)
    there are about 5 hotspots within half a mile around me. so if you wanna really show off to your friends, drive up to one ...
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    I don't know if your interested but in melourne AUS we have a group melb wireless with 802.11 nodes every where, but legeslation prohibits the sharing of internet publicly with wifi... bugger... but driving through the city there are 17 hot spots just along the buisness district, only 4 use encryption, so go figure. =]

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    From Google

    http://www.macsprintusers.com/internet_connection.html

    Then head on over to
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    Quote Originally Posted by carabuser
    also this is an option. t-mobile gives you fast wireless internet for $30 a month. they're availabe at the *hotspots* (starbucks, airports, etc.)
    there are about 5 hotspots within half a mile around me. so if you wanna really show off to your friends, drive up to one ...
    Is that $30 a month for voice AND unlimited internet? Or is that $30 on top of the voice plan? If so, whats the minimum voice plan to add the unlimted interenet plan? Has TM hit 144k yet or still 56k?
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    it looks like the cheapest voice service is $19.99 but i dont think you need that in odrer to access the hotspots. the internet at hotspots is only available at certain locations and they claim to have T1 line at each location.
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    with t-mobile you have to be in the hot spot.

    I have verizon here and with that they have "Express Network" which anywhere I have digital signal i can go online and it is around 60 - 100 Kbps so it is plenty fast.

    I recomend looking into that before being limited to smaller areas.

    When I do not have a digital signal (which is almost never in So Cal) i can still connect at about 14.4 (which seems misarable slow).

    EDIT: and there is a plan for $30 to add it to your phone plan or you can get an unlimited for $40 a month without a phone plan

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