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    Help me buy a cell phone

    My timeport has finally died. Time for a new phone. The last time I bought one was 1999~2000. Hopefully, you can shed some light on buying a new phone and picking a provider.

    I'm in the US. I'd like to be able to use my phone as a wireless modem. I need to be able to use it with linux, so nothing that needs a connection manager or any other special software. I don't really care if its got a camera or any of that other fluff.

    I'm aware of Bluetooth, though I've never used it. I'm I expecting too much that my car pc will be able to discover it and utilize it without my doing anything? Or do you have to tell it to look? I'm under the impression that discovery works like that. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Currently my provider is Sprint, though I'm not married to them. I'd like to hear everyone experiences on services and rates.

    Thanks,
    -Lee

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    I'd stick with sprint if you want to use your phone as a wireless modem. I have the LG pm325 phone. Really nice phone that has bluetooth. Once it is set up you don't have to do anything to get connected. Uses a standard dial up connection so you can use it with linux. Sprints Vision is only $10 now, the cheapest I am aware of in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xBrady
    I'd stick with sprint if you want to use your phone as a wireless modem. I have the LG pm325 phone. Really nice phone that has bluetooth. Once it is set up you don't have to do anything to get connected. Uses a standard dial up connection so you can use it with linux. Sprints Vision is only $10 now, the cheapest I am aware of in the US.
    Hope it's not a stupid question, do you need to run a wire to the pc or is it over bluetooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Hope it's not a stupid question, do you need to run a wire to the pc or is it over bluetooth.
    Bluetooth with that phone I suggested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xBrady
    Bluetooth with that phone I suggested.
    Thanks. That was one of the ones I was looking at. How is it otherwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    Thanks. That was one of the ones I was looking at. How is it otherwise?
    I actually like it a lot. The memory isn't that great if you want to load it with games but I don't mind. I had a VGA1000 which was also a nice phone but I like this one a lot better.
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    Forums are really cool, you post a question and someone on the planet somewhere does the research for u and gives u answers. lol, off tangent

    Dude, my best advice(since you change phones every 4 yrs), get something that will last you for the next few years in technology, so that you won't be lost real soon.
    Firstly I'd suggest getting away from sprint. The best bluetooth phone they have only supports headset profile, handsfree profile and dial up networking

    That means with the bluetooth features on your phone, u are limited to only dialup networking, and voice stuff(i.e wireless headset and handsfree).

    Now mine not even top of line(cingular nokia 6600) has all above, as well as
    obex(file transfer between my phone and pc and other bluetooth devices)
    so many more contacts sync profile, so like I can send/sync all contact data via bluetooth with my PC outlook or PDA or send my business card to a friends PDA. emmm.. Also serial port profile(most useful), cause now u can pretty much connect to many devices running serial port profile.

    Oh, to add to that, you need a phone that can download applications or load apps from PC e.t.c, it makes ur phone feel like a PC. i.e every new day u add an app, it feels like a more useful phone/new experience.

    e.g I downloaded this app from www.mtvoid.com, this thing is super cool, I can control my winamp playlists e.t.c, from my phone. Lower the volume e.t.c, so now I'm in the toilet, and I raise the volume of my PC, so that I can hear the music jams, at the same time I'm on the phone talking to my friend. lol.

    Anyway bottom line I recommend probably ericsson phones, they are the sickest of all, next Nokia. pretty much phone's on GSM companies, cause they are up to speed with international phones(i.e tri-band phones, u can use anywhere in world). When u go on a Euro trip for e.g, u just change the sim card. Instead of looking for a sprint tower(which you wont find).

    I woulda said T-mobile, but their service sucks in remote areas, I recommend Cingular or ATT(i think they the same company now). I only recommend them b/c of their phones, everything else(i.e about the company service e.t.c) is a different analysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dexy
    Forums are really cool, you post a question and someone on the planet somewhere does the research for u and gives u answers. lol, off tangent

    Dude, my best advice(since you change phones every 4 yrs), get something that will last you for the next few years in technology, so that you won't be lost real soon.
    Firstly I'd suggest getting away from sprint. The best bluetooth phone they have only supports headset profile, handsfree profile and dial up networking

    That means with the bluetooth features on your phone, u are limited to only dialup networking, and voice stuff(i.e wireless headset and handsfree).

    Now mine not even top of line(cingular nokia 6600) has all above, as well as
    obex(file transfer between my phone and pc and other bluetooth devices)
    so many more contacts sync profile, so like I can send/sync all contact data via bluetooth with my PC outlook or PDA or send my business card to a friends PDA. emmm.. Also serial port profile(most useful), cause now u can pretty much connect to many devices running serial port profile.

    Oh, to add to that, you need a phone that can download applications or load apps from PC e.t.c, it makes ur phone feel like a PC. i.e every new day u add an app, it feels like a more useful phone/new experience.

    e.g I downloaded this app from www.mtvoid.com, this thing is super cool, I can control my winamp playlists e.t.c, from my phone. Lower the volume e.t.c, so now I'm in the toilet, and I raise the volume of my PC, so that I can hear the music jams, at the same time I'm on the phone talking to my friend. lol.

    Anyway bottom line I recommend probably ericsson phones, they are the sickest of all, next Nokia. pretty much phone's on GSM companies, cause they are up to speed with international phones(i.e tri-band phones, u can use anywhere in world). When u go on a Euro trip for e.g, u just change the sim card. Instead of looking for a sprint tower(which you wont find).

    I woulda said T-mobile, but their service sucks in remote areas, I recommend Cingular or ATT(i think they the same company now). I only recommend them b/c of their phones, everything else(i.e about the company service e.t.c) is a different analysis.
    Ya, but none of that is really what he requested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xBrady
    I actually like it a lot. The memory isn't that great if you want to load it with games but I don't mind. I had a VGA1000 which was also a nice phone but I like this one a lot better.
    Just picked it up. It's pretty nice, especially compared to my old Timeport. I'm currently recompiling my kernel with bluetooth support. Crossing my fingers it all works smoothly.

    One thing I don't like about the phone is the keypad. Too small and too flat. Makes it hard to distinguish between keys by feel.

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    xBrady,
    You ever run yours with linux? I'm having a hell of a time. So many half assed or outdated faqs for bluez. I finally got everything working, they pair and I can add DUN, but I can't get the *****er to dial.

    I've been working on this since 9am this morning.

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