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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4 View Post
    I would not use Boost as my primary cell if they paid me money.

    I am still seriously considering buying an i450 for the car only. At $20/mo it may be worth it to have always-on internet in the car.

    Questions to those that use it (asked before, but I'm taking an updated poll)

    How much does it really cost?
    What speeds to you really get (Wi-DEN)?
    Have you used it with Google Earth?
    Hav you used it with Sling-Player?
    Does it auto connect when you start the car and stay connected untill you turn off the car?

    1. the real cost is 20 cents a day as of september 1. Definitely not 20 bucks a month
    2. With widen i get speeds of about 5kbps
    3. Nope
    4. Nope
    5. Its easy to make a script to launch at startup to do this. Personally, i use Whereismygps at startup and it autolaunches the connection. If you need the script to autolaunch at start i can give it to you (but since youre a programmer i doubt you need it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gojeda View Post
    I've been reading this informative thread and, being that I am interested in reducing costs, was considering going to Boost for their wireless data offerings.

    A problem came up after poking around various forums. You see, I currently have Tmobile on a Bluetooth phone. I do not plan on dropping my Bluetooth capability because I have a Dell Axim X3H that I Bluetooth with. Currently, the only phone Boost offers with Bluetooth is the i875. Great I say....

    The phone is pricey, but I can shave about $80 off getting it (new) off of eBay. Then I look into the phone's capabilities. "Houston, we have a problem..."

    According to the Boost forum on HowardForums, it seems the phone's Bluetooth stack is crippled so that only 200 KB of information can be transmitted at a time.

    Too bad, Boost just lost a perspective customer unless someone can confirm that the 200 KB limit is erroneous.

    why bluetooth just hook it straight up and hide it .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbkowns View Post
    why bluetooth just hook it straight up and hide it .....
    well, I am not doing the mp3car thing...at least not yet. Bluetooth is a hell of a convenience. Less wires to worry about and quite easy to use with PocketPC devices.

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    Even if I had a choice I would go wired vs wiresless just more stable and better throughput.
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    You are right, wired will always be more interently stable (unless you manage to short circuit the thing . However BT is no less unstable than wifi - and I can't live without wifi at home.

    AFAIK - BT throughput is not an issue in cars (especially BT 2.0).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM_VR4 View Post
    I would not use Boost as my primary cell if they paid me money.

    I am still seriously considering buying an i450 for the car only. At $20/mo it may be worth it to have always-on internet in the car.

    Questions to those that use it (asked before, but I'm taking an updated poll)


    How much does it really cost?
    What speeds to you really get (Wi-DEN)?
    Have you used it with Google Earth?
    Hav you used it with Sling-Player?
    Does it auto connect when you start the car and stay connected untill you turn off the car?
    1. It really costs $.20/day - going up shortly to $.35/day. So, about $11/month. As long as you don't touch any other features - voice, txt msg - that'll be the price.

    2. I'm getting 10-20kpbs, with bursts in 50-60 range. my.yahoo loads in about 30 seconds, wunderground weather report is maybe 10-15 seconds, I "steer" away from more busy screens.

    3. Yes on GE, but only very briefly. Connected via GPSGate plugin, was awesome for a few minutes, then something got hosed and I haven't figured out what the problem is. GE now runs like a pig, stuck on data point where it first got hosed, etc. I'd definitely consider GE a possibility with this setup, esp with some of the caching tools guys have put out here to help load commonly used images.

    4. No idea what Sling Player is

    5. Yes on autoconnect - I have the dialer in a startup folder, and I also have browser or other apps autodial in case the connection wasn't on.

    Besides these questions, the biggest problem I've been having lately with i450 is the phone has been auto-shutting-off out of the blue - can't figure out why. Fully charged, and on charge cord, connected with good signal, etc, and it'll suddenly power off. I turn it back on, runs fine. Anybody have a clue on that, let me know. Minor nuisance.

    One other problem I had, only twice so far, and briefly, was actually getting to internet resources once connected - phone was connected, had good signal, but couldn't locate any url's. Anyone else see that?

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    Sling Player is the video player to play back content streamed from a Slingbox. The Slingbox device is something you hook up to a TV or DVR to watch your home TV content from anywhere over the web.

    I would image that with the bandwidth contraints of the Boost data service (and any other slow type of data service) the video would look horrible.

    It works quite well with EVDO service though.

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    Yeah, I still don't understand the bandwidth. Do people get 5ish or 20ish with Wi-Den? 5 kbps will definatly not do Sling (nor GE very well, but good enough). 20 kbps may start looking ok (but at 20 kbps it shouldn't take my.yahoo [or anyother web page] 30 seconds to load???)

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    i've never heard of someone getting 20kbps with wi-den. Thats download speed? i thought wi-den was limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devious View Post
    10-20kpbs, with bursts in 50-60 range. my.yahoo loads in about 30 seconds, wunderground weather report is maybe 10-15 seconds
    Maybe he meant 1-2kbps with bursts of 5-6? Even at 2kbps my.yahoo.com shouldn't take 30 seconds though!?!? I get 8-10kbps easy on my Sprint phone (non-EVDO). If Wi-DEN isn't as fast as that, maybe I'll stick to what I got. It's free anyway. It's just a pain to have to connect the phone to it's USB cable if I want net.

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