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    Dedicated carphone.

    Apologies if this subject has been covered before, but I was unable to find answers to my specific questions after searching.

    I want my carputer to have a dedicated phone setup. For all practical purposes, the car would have its own phone, much like modern GM cars have Onstar. This would likely be implemented through a PCMCIA (or modern equivalent) broadband data card, and of course, a subscription to a cell phone service provider (such as Sprint for me).

    The front end would have an option for phone, and I would probably use one of the three major phone control softwares available, depending on compatibility, etc. I would be able to dial others and others dial me using the carputer's broadband card, instead of using my preexisting cell phone through bluetooth or whatever.

    I would also want this broadband card to connect to the internet on the road, so I would have a broadband plan as well.

    1: Is there any software that can integrate elegantly with a front end to utilize the broadband card's voice feature to make phone calls?
    2: Would it be possible to have a voice plan and a data (broadband) plan on the same phone line (number), or would I have to have a seperate phone line for the internet?
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    I don't believe that broadband cards allow for voice calls.

    With a PDA, (like my Treo), you can have broadband and voice on teh same device.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I know the Sierra Wireless Aircard 550 does. But that may be considered an older aircard. I want to use something modern like a broadband card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    I know the Sierra Wireless Aircard 550 does. But that may be considered an older aircard. I want to use something modern like a broadband card.
    I use it (550) and a bluetooth dongle/headset fairly seamlessly, but you're right its a very old card. None of the new (Sprint EVDO) cards support voice because they don't include the voice trancievers. Had a Sprint tech tell me last week the cards are optimized for data only and therefore better than phone a modem use of EVDO. And given this strategy, they'll probably never mix the two again. So I think you're stuck with your phone or better yet get an old EVDO phone and stash it in the dash with an auto adapter and an external antenna. Might even be a little cheaper monthly
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    Well what about the GC89 by Sony? T-Mobile uses only this card for their wireless internet data plans. It mentions voice capability. Would that work for my application? I would be willing to switch from Sprint to T-Mobile if necessary.
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    Since you would be using broadband speed connections... what about VOIP?

    Rafster

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    VOIP? Now that's an interesting idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    Well what about the GC89 by Sony? T-Mobile uses only this card for their wireless internet data plans. It mentions voice capability. Would that work for my application? I would be willing to switch from Sprint to T-Mobile if necessary.
    From T-Mobile website:

    About Device (Sony Ericsson GC89)

    The Sony Ericsson GC89 is the ideal laptop connectivity solution. It allows you to access information wirelessly using the T-Mobile Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and HotSpot Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. With the GC89, you can:

    * Connect to the Internet
    * Connect to your home or work Wi-Fi network
    * Send and receive text messages

    [HL]NOTE: The GC89 card does not support voice communication and is not compatible with Personal Device Assistants. It is designed to only work with laptops.[/HL]


    Sorry, not gonna work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GizmoQ View Post
    From T-Mobile website:

    About Device (Sony Ericsson GC89)

    The Sony Ericsson GC89 is the ideal laptop connectivity solution. It allows you to access information wirelessly using the T-Mobile Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE)/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and HotSpot Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) networks. With the GC89, you can:

    * Connect to the Internet
    * Connect to your home or work Wi-Fi network
    * Send and receive text messages

    [HL]NOTE: The GC89 card does not support voice communication and is not compatible with Personal Device Assistants. It is designed to only work with laptops.[/HL]


    Sorry, not gonna work.
    Darnit, ok. Man that sucks. They should make a voice capable data card.
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    I really hate to revive threads, but I was just thinking... I think that all 3G enabled AT&T cards allow for voice and data....

    Since they actually use 2 seperate modems, you would even be able to use Data and voice at the same time.

    I'm not 100% sure, but if it's anything like all the 3G Smart and PDA phones.... it should work...

    Rafster

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