Bluetooth Phones

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by utilizer, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. utilizer macrumors regular

    May 12, 2002
    In Atlanta!
    Is it possible to talk on a bluetooth phone, say a T68i for instance, and surf the internet on your laptop or PDA using the data connection on your phone?
    Anyone tried it? If it works or doesn't quite just yet work, let me know.
  2. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2003
    Probably, but it will be slow, so you will want to just do the bare minimum.

    That, and I think there are surcharges for that too.
  3. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    i'm sure it's espensive as all hell.

    almost certainly an option to explore ONLY in the most DIRE situations...
  4. utilizer thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2002
    In Atlanta!
    Unlimited Wireless Data Plans

    For those that don't know yet, the reports that you can get unlimited mobile data streams on your T-Mobile Plan for $29.99/mo. or $20 if you have a voice plan with those guys.

    Sprint has a similar plan, but is targeted at business users, therefore the price on that is $80/mo., even if you have a voice plan. Their PCS Vision plan is $20 though, but they will disconnect you without notice if you use that service for PDAs or laptops, and not just the lousy phone surfing.

    Both have a downsize though: The PCMICIA (or whatever that card port is called) wireless card will set you back a good $300-$400 depending on which one you get.
  5. Vector macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002
    It is possible and most providers offer unlimited data services, but they are slow andnot worth it in my opinion. If it were me and i wanted to do a limited amount of online stuff while on the go i would gety a blackberry (i think they are coming out with improved color ones soon).

    Has anyone here used a sony ericsson T616? I was thinking of getting one from cingular because it was the only onne they offered with blue tooth that i liked, but i have heard mixed reviews about sound quality.
  6. frozenstar macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    Re: Bluetooth Phones

    Most manufacturers use GPRS Class B. That means that if you initiate a voice call, your data session will be suspended until the call is over. So to answer your question, no, it won't work.
  7. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I know that Verizon offers a service called Quick2Net that allows you to surf the web at 14.4 for no extra charge. It just uses your regular cell minutes, and with unlimited N/W minutes this feature is quite nice for checking email and iChat use. Since Verizon doesn't have any Bluetooth phones, you need to use a USB cable to connect the phone to the computer.

    Like Sprint, Verizon also offers unlimited data for $80 a month. Unlike Sprint, however, you can use this service with a phone or with a PCMCIA card. This means that iBook and 12" PowerBook users aren't out of luck when it comes to high-speed wireless.
  8. frozenstar macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    T-Mobile's offering is much better. $20/month unlimited data usage. There are lots of Bluetooth GSM phones, so it's no problem to use it wirelessly with your laptop to surf the Net.

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