NexTel has a charger and USB cable in one. That's what I actually ordered on eBay but the seller shipped the wrong item. It's about $30 on the nextel site. Hopefully he'll ship the correct one and I can send this back. Either way - it doesn't seem like using the net drains that much battery - and I'm probably going to set it up so it disconnects if the net isn't in use. It only takes a moment for it to log back on and on standby the phone should last for days.
I also set up my mologogo today - very cool!
There is iDEN and WiDEN. iiDEN is supposed to be up to ~20kbps, WiDEN is up to 120kbs I think.
The newer more expensive boot phones are supposed to have WiDEN, however, I read that you can mod the i450 ($79) so that it can also use WiDEN. You can check out the howard forums thread about that...
However, it seems that the i450 I recently bought at Best Buy must be already capable as I am getting speeds between 50-80kbps (the 'real world' WiDen speeds posted by many). I'm guessing that Boost Mobile must have enabled it by default as they are pitching the Boost TV and other pay per use services. That's why I was so surprised and when I first ran speed tests and began browsing the web. I've even been listening to shoutcast radio stations in my car (48kbs AAC with some buffering is perfect)
Ahh, I didn't know that. I spent $5 (price includes shipping) apice for my car charger and my data cable (total $10) and plan on splicing them together. My plan is to have a 'fire and forget' solution so I can stick the phone in the car and forget its there, or wire it physically into the dash. A little display on the dash showing the cars position on a map would have a cool novelty to it.
True - I was quite surprised how good the google maps look when using mologogo and the phones are small enough to mount near/on the actual dashboard.
If you are able to successfully splice the cables let me know - I may consider that if I can't get the actual cable I had ordered.
Lots of pictures update:
I went to sears and bought a T6 pocket 1 1/2 torque screwdriver and completley dissassembled my i415. The objective here is to take apart the phone so 1. I can access the power button and turn on the phone via an external power button (or trigger [car starting], or timer (restart phone every 15 min in case mologogo hangs or someone calls and interupts the prog)
Note that if you do this, you probably void your warenty and are responsible for any breaking of your tech
Phone dissassembled, first pic. Simply removed all 6 torque screws and cut the 2 wires going to the speaker phone:
What the keypad really looks like:
Backside of phone:
Disconnected the LCD from the faceplate of the phone. It just prys right out.
Everything is still working:
Pop the LCD off of its plastic mount. It looks like a plastic film is glued onto the bottom of the frame and the LCD itself with a weak adhesive, just work it free. On closer analysis, I think the film is reflective on the backside (reflecting the backlight onto the LCD)
It appears the white keypad layer is just a bunch of concave foil buttons, when you push them in they are concave in and bridge the gap for the circuit on the buttons. This peals right off.
Can still start the phone with a screwdriver bridging the contacts.
It's crying because I aren't holding the simcard onto the surface, just the battery. However, this shows you could just solder the points for the battery and the sim onto the respective points on the phones board.
Another shot of progress so far. In this shot, I cut away the rest of the plastic lcd frame that wasn't connected to anything and was wasting space. Don't sisor the glued on circuit board!
Alright, that is all I am doing to the phone for now. Now for the construction of the data cable / car charger: I found a nextel charger for $1 at the local dollar store so I figure I could but another one for trial and error (one from ebay is still arriving in the mail). Stripping its end like I did for the data cable reveals:
The points on pins 3 and 16 are large enough that even my uncordinated self could solder them to the data cable points. Result:
Throw on some black electrical tape:
Progress so far (with completed data cable in shot):
Ok now I have a few things left:
1. Figure out where and how to put LCD in the dashboard of the car
2. Have my better than me at sodering friend to make a external on/off button for the cell
3. Determine what components from the back of the phone I need.
Look at this:
Obviousally the bottom 2 connectors are for the sim card and the battery. It is the rest I am interested in. I think the tiny wire in the upper right is for antena, and I am unsure of the other 2. The vibrate component is in the middle, but its 2 contacts dont appear to touch the corosponding contacts on the phone's circuit board. Perhaps that is what the contacts in the upper left do? Or perhaps that is for gps (but doesnt gps need 3 connections, one for RX, power, and ground)? Is the GPS on the circuit board?
Thanks for the pics - I'll be soldering together my charger and data cable this week.