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
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)
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).
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?
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.
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???)