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    Best mobile phone for tethering?

    Hi all,

    So, I'm currently tethering the Motorola V3xx as my connection for more than a year now. It works fine over USB, a bit faster than over bluetooth and more reliable too (but maybe that was a XP thing).

    Now I was offered a free or very cheap upgrade from AT&T. Basically I could pick any of the following phones, if I resign for a 2 year contract (I'll probably stay more than 2 years anyway). No iPhones (I already have one) or pdas for the car as that is $30.00 extra.

    What I want to know if any of the following are more versatile, better 3G over USB, better interface with the carputer, etc. Simultaneous voice and data would be great. Any ideas or suggestions?

    1) LG CF360

    2) LG Vu

    3) Pantech C330

    4) Nokia Surge

    5) Motorola Karma

    6) Samsung A777

    7) Samsung Solstice

    8) Samsung A767 Propel Green (heard good things about this one)...funny the blue one gets to have a $20 data plan? Crazy.

    9) Pantech Matrix

    10) Sony Ericsson W518A

    11) KLG Xenon

    12) Nokia Mural

    13) Sony Ericsson C905A

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    If you already have an iPhone, jailbreak it and run PDAnet tethered or as a WiFi hotspot for the PC to connect to automatically when you get in the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    If you already have an iPhone, jailbreak it and run PDAnet tethered or as a WiFi hotspot for the PC to connect to automatically when you get in the car.
    Or just make sure you have the v3 firmware and it's built in (unless disabled by your provider).

    Anyway he already said he has a Motorola V3xx so that's not really an option.

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    Smile Pay as you go broadband?

    Virgin mobile offers a pay as you go service saw it on Best buys site...

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Virgin+M...&skuId=9361834

    Don't know much but sounds fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    If you already have an iPhone, jailbreak it and run PDAnet tethered or as a WiFi hotspot for the PC to connect to automatically when you get in the car.
    I have the iphone, but I don't want to run out of batteries running bluetooth (and if it's your main phone, it's a pain to plug the usb all the time...but there's docking, of course). Also, I've heard jailbraking the 3G makes it (even) slower...


    Quote Originally Posted by Sicarius View Post
    Or just make sure you have the v3 firmware and it's built in (unless disabled by your provider).

    Anyway he already said he has a Motorola V3xx so that's not really an option.
    Yes.

    I've found some specs on the Razr V3xx:

    2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 Announced 2006, July Status Discontinued...

    GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps 3G HSDPA 3.6 Mbps WLAN No Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP Infrared port No USB Yes, miniUSB

    Quote Originally Posted by insaneramman View Post
    Virgin mobile offers a pay as you go service saw it on Best buys site...

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Virgin+M...&skuId=9361834

    Don't know much but sounds fun.
    Thanks, good to know about it, not sure I'll switch to it, though.


    So what I was concerned about is about how up to date a 2006 phone would be as far as 3G phones go. Is the iPhone faster? Apparently not? Apparently, only aircards ($60.00/month) have faster UPloads, but same HSDPA downloads. However, some/all aircards can have an antenna plugged, I'm looking for one for my RazrV3xx, even if I need to open it, let's see what happens.

    According to this:

    So can an AT&T phone be as fast as an AT&T aircard? Unlike Sprint and Verizon, who both offer a variety of phones that are capable of offering the same performance as an aircard, AT&T does not currently offer ANY phones that use both HSDPA and HSUPA. They DO offer some phones that are HSDPA [Like the RAZR V3xx], meaning they are capable of high-speed downloads, but NONE of their current lineup of phones uses HSUPA. If you are in the market for a tether-capable AT&T phone, you'll want to make sure you select one that uses HSDPA (avoid the EDGE-only phones, unless dial-up speeds are good enough for you) - but do not expect it to offer identical performance as an HSDPA/HSUPA aircard like the USB Mercury.
    (source)


    Of course, it would be good to have extra features that the computer could take advantage of, an Android, Java or Windows Mobile capabilities/apps could be handy (like calling the car phone to stop the car dead, or to remote turn the computer on, etc.).

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    If you have an Iphone you have several options when you jailbreak you have at least 4 options for tethering. I tethered my Iphone via bluetooth and I had a external backup battery or plugged in to my lighter.

    I have never used pdanet why pay when it can be done for free with ease. I have been running my Iphone with MMS & Bluetooth tethering for a year with no problems.

    If you haven't Jailbroken your Iphone yet and you want to tether it is easy to do and you don't need pdanet you just need an unsigned version of the carrier settings and you can get it from http://www.benm.at/, Jailbreak your Iphone then go there and follow directions. Easy as pie

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