Bluetooth for the Net

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MacMaelstrom, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2003
    Down the hall and to the right.
    I heard Steve talking about using Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to a cellphone for internet access... Just how fast is this?

    I thought bluetooth was along the lines of serial speeds... Not too sharp for internet.:(
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Washington DC
    I think bluetooth max is somewhere in the range of 784 kbps (correct me if I'm wrong) I think the limiting factor would be the speed from the cell phone.

    If anyone has any experience with this, can you share specifics of it? I just got a Sony/Ericsson T616 and would like to use it to connect to the internet with the powerbook I'm planning on purchasing. Does it use minutes of my phone, or data on a web plan for the phone itself? do I need to call a dial up number?
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    sloooooowwwwwwwww, no one in their right mind would connect using bluetooth for the internet if other options are available, Bluetooth is roughly 1/10th the speed of USB (about the same as a serial port I believe). It mght be OK for an emergency thing, but not for doing any real web surfing.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    BT can be fast, but not with the kind of conenction speed we're getting from cellphones today. maybe once 3G is in full swing. :)
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2001
    N 49.50121 E008.54558
    My cell phone won't give me more than 14.400 bps on a phone line, and about 42k via GRPS. Could be a limitation by my network provider.

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