Best 3G phone for tethering to MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by katorga, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. katorga macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    What is the best 3G phone to use for tethering to a MBP? (Yes, I'm considering the iPhone, but I really need something less expensive)

    I prefer USB tethering.

    PDAnet adhoc wifi tethering is not acceptable due to rogue access point scanning at work.

    AT&T has the best coverage in my area.

    If I go with an iPhone, how much of a hassle is jailbreaking the phone to do tethering?
  2. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    hands down n95-3.
    or the n95 8gb

    in canada you can get one for $99 on a 3 year plan.

    it usesless joiku spot or pdanet and symbian os is very battery efficient.
  3. Dalriada macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2004
    Moorlough Shore
    I'd second that although personally I prefer the Nokia e71. Joiku spot works like a charm and the e71 has a true monster of a battery.

  4. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    I wouldnt even consider the iPhone in your case.
    1)No USB tethering
    2)Tethering is a pain right now... IF you want a free solution.. PDAnet is nice, but you said you dont want to go this route. rest of the options are worse.
    3) It seems the quick and easy tethering solutions cost money to buy the software.

    Though jailbreaking etc. is very very easy!

    edit: I just noticed pdanet now supports usb for windows users..
  5. katorga thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    Gawd I hate phones

    Jeepers, there are too many options. AT&T doesn't even carry the n95 or e71 variants.
  6. jonnynogood macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    i would really like to get a phone that will do this as well, not looking to extend my contract so contract phones are out.

    any suggestions on a phone that does not cost $500+ like the ones previously suggested?

    i need a super basic no frills phone (no smartphone etc..) that i can tether.

  7. jpk32092 macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2008
    Go with the iPhone and jailbreak it. It might not be USB, however you don't need to pay for a tethering plan.
  8. mcruzader macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    You can get the previously mentioned phones unlocked. You should checkout or for the E71. They are going for about $320 now.

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