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Old Oct 20, 2003, 5:55 PM   #11
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P.S. -- I've got the Sanyo SCP-8100 (camera phone), and my wife has the Sany SCP-4900 (Vision capable, but no camera).

Both of us have unlimited vision (internet access) to the phones, and the Snapdialer software and cables (available at Radio Shack) will work with either phone (allowing you to connect a laptop to the internet via Vision Service).
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 6:06 PM   #12
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What kind of connection do you actually get?
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 6:12 PM   #13
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I haven't used it in a while. But, most users report around 256kb/second (faster than dialup, slower than DSL/Cable Modem).
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There are a few "quirks" and "tricks" you must know.

Apparently, they've started putting in some timeouts, etc., that limit your ability to use a laptop with it (probably due to abuse).

One "trick" is to setup a batch file, continuously running a loop with a Ping in it to a server. Apparently, this keeps the connection from dropping.

There is a forum that I used to frequent often that discussed these "tips and tricks" for attaching your laptop. Here's the link:

http://www.wirelessadvisor.com/

If you search, you'll find lots of users doing this (or at least they used to). I haven't tried mine lately to see if Sprint has tried to prevent this in some way (I suspect that they have no way of distinquishing a laptop attached to the phone, from the browser in the phone though).

Of course, they may have gotten "smarter" over the past few months.

Like I said, Sprint was actively promoting using your phone to attach a laptop this way for a long time. Apparently, they have now "changed their tune" (it was probably costing them too much in bandwidth).
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My plan:

PCS Free and Clear America (you must have the "America" option for free roaming to other carriers)
2 Phones
2000 Shared Anytime Minutes
Unlimited Nights and Weekends
Unlimited Vision (E-mail and Internet Access)
Unlimited PCS to PCS (Sprint Phone to Sprint Phone)

No Roaming Charges (even to other carriers, I often roam to Verizon in SC rural areas when travelling).

$110.00/month (includes both phones).

This is the only plan that I'm aware of, that has these "perks" (no roaming to other carriers, unlimited internet access, unlimited nights and weekends, etc.), for a cost so low for the number of anytime minutes we get.

Most plans (including Sprint's regular PCS Free and Clear Plan) don't include roaming to other carriers (only roaming within that carrier's network), unless you don't get the perks (no perks with most carrier's "one rate" plans).

The Sprint PCS Free and Clear America Plan is saving us a bunch of money compared to our old AT&T Wireless Plans.

But, don't buy the camera phones for the photo quality. They suck (I've tried both the Sanyo 5300 and 8100).
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Thanks for the advice. I may check it out....
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P.S. -- They don't advertise the PCS Free and Clear America Plan (they only show the regular PCS Free and Clear Plan on their web site).

You have to ask for it by name. The "America" option is only 10 bucks/month more on most plans, and gives you roaming to other carriers (a must if you travel "off the beaten path" very often -- otherwise, roaming charges can be pretty steep).
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FYI

Quote:
Raising the bar on "always connected," the Nokia D211 wireless network card keeps notebook PC users on the air via low-cost 802.11b or pricier wireless carrier data plans, all at the flick of a software switch. Wireless local- and wide-area network coverage comes over three formats-11 Mbits/second by 802.11b, up to 40.2 kbits/s by General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) or up to 43.2 kbits/s by High Speed Switched Circuit Data (HSCSD). The latter two are cellular-based data standards.
http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20031006S0064
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