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    Angry Cingular woes. I'm being told Media net wrong plan for internet **Update Pics**

    So, I went to my local Cingular wireless store and inquired about adding the 19.99 media net package to my contract. The guy in there insisted that media net would not let me access internet through a laptop or a pc. He said the only plan that allows it is the 69.99/mo add on for data. WTF? Aren't there a bunch of people here running media net no problems and getting internet access with a usb data cable??? This is frustrating, What gives?
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    Cingular will disavow all knowledge of 'tethering', or using your phone as a 'modem' for your laptop or PDA to connect to the internet, but it works. It's easiest if your phone and computing device have Bluetooth, but you can do it with a cable also. One you have the service, and you can call up 866-CINGULAR to get it rather than going to a store, then go to the Cingular FAQ forum at HowardForums.com for all the setup info. Or post back here and I'll try to help you get going.

    Note this only works with GSM service, not the older TDMA/Analog phones.

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    Laptop Connect 5MB $19.99 5 MB $0.0080/KB $0.015 $0.0195

    Laptop Connect 10MB $29.99 10 MB $0.0060/KB $0.015 $0.0195

    Laptop Connect 20MB $39.99 20 MB $0.0040/KB $0.015 $0.0195

    Laptop Connect 50MB $49.99 50 MB $0.0020/KB $0.015 $0.0195

    Laptop Connect Unlimited $79.99 Unlimited $0.0/KB $0.015 $0.0195


    are the ones you need.

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    ^ Wrong.

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    Laptop Connect is the plan with the PCMCIA card such as the GC83. It does give you full Internet access, no services blocked or anything. But for tethering through the phone the Media Works Unlimited for $19.99 works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zogg
    Cingular will disavow all knowledge of 'tethering', or using your phone as a 'modem' for your laptop or PDA to connect to the internet, but it works. It's easiest if your phone and computing device have Bluetooth, but you can do it with a cable also. One you have the service, and you can call up 866-CINGULAR to get it rather than going to a store, then go to the Cingular FAQ forum at HowardForums.com for all the setup info. Or post back here and I'll try to help you get going.

    Note this only works with GSM service, not the older TDMA/Analog phones.

    Z

    Thank you Zogg. Right on. I will sign up for Media net this week. I need to buy a new phone anyway, I'm looking into whatever phone will work best for Phone tools AND media Net. Again, thanks for the help.
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    Where can I get a roll of tin foil?
    I been looking for that all over the net, but I can't find it.
    Please help.

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    I just looked at cigulars website and it shows the 19.99 plan as only 5mb now and NOT! unlimited anymore.... the regular plan is only 1mb but now that one is 5 have any of you seen this yet!

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    They restructured the data plans a couple months ago. Luckily, I signed up for the 19.99 Media Net before they took it away.

    Isn't the $24.99 plan almost the same now? I haven't looked at the services recently.

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    Ok, this is why I am confused. Jus when Zogg came through to tell the Medianet plan is what I want, MbKowns comes back and says that it is not. Could someone please end all of this confusion once and for all. Here is what Cingular's site shows for Data plans

    DataConnect


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    Media Net



    Links

    DataConnect
    http://onlinestore2.cingular.com/web...e&subOrderId=1


    Media Net
    https://www.cingular.com/media/media_net_purchase
    Its not the cards you're dealt, its how you play the hand!

    Quote Originally Posted by ryuandwings View Post
    Where can I get a roll of tin foil?
    I been looking for that all over the net, but I can't find it.
    Please help.

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    j187,

    Go read the threads in the Cingular forum at HowardForums.com. There are always threads on Cingular's data offerings.

    The bottom line is that with Media Net Unlimited you can use your phone to tether your computer or PDA. It works, lots of folks are using it, but Cingular doesn't support it so you can't ask them for help in setting up your computer. Instructions are readily available though. Almost everything works (i.e. few blocked ports) but I know that most VPN connections won't, and I've read that this service isn't as optimized since it uses a WAP gateway.

    If you are a business user or need the absolute best performance then the Data Connect is the best plan, because it uses a PCMCIA data card that gets better performance than most of the EDGE-enabled phones do. But you have to buy the data card and it costs more. This connection also doesn't include voice service, it's data only.

    I hope this helps.

    Z

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