Does PDAnet provide full 3G speed?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Ajr901, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Ajr901 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2g iPhone and an AT&T 3g laptop connect card. And I've installed pdanet from cydia and I've used the USB connection method in pdanet where you connect the iPhone and you download pdanet desktop and it connects as a normal connection instead of a wifi connection such as ad-hoc," anyways, it worked well. However, very slow because it's an EDGE connection. Tomorrow I'm gonna buy an iPhone 3g. After I jailbreak it and install pdanet and all that stuff, will it provide me with FULL 3g speed on my laptop such as my 3g laptop connect card?
     
  2. orrelse44 macrumors regular

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    It uses whatever connection is available on your phone. If you are in an area where you don't have 3G, it will use edge.
     
  3. navigates macrumors 6502a

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    PDAnet's modem driver is limited to 2.4 mbps. So if we start to see 3g speeds of over 2.4 then we'll be limited to the modem driver. But knowing the history of Junefabrics, I'm sure they'll update the modem driver if we start to see this trend.
     
  4. Ajr901 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK and how reLiable would you guys say it is? I'm thinking of getting rid of my laptop connect card completely. So let's say I have my iPhone connected and working as a modem. And let's say I leave it running for 5 hours, will the tethering keep running and keep downloading something like a movie? And if I Went to speedtest.net and measured the download and uplaod speeds, what kind Of speeds would I be getting?
     
  5. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    The setup process is not as nice/easy as Apple's built-in tethering feature via Bluetooth or USB, but you can add 128-bit password and it's free from monthly service plans. I used the free version for over a month and decided I want to buy the full version so I can have https connections. So far no regrets and it's mostly reliable. I say mostly because I work on the 20th floor in downtown S.F. and 3G is weak, but not PDANet fault.
     
  6. Ajr901 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And can it stay connected for long periods of time without crashing and without losing conectivity?
     
  7. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Once the connection is set, it stays. However it is only as good as AT&T service.
     
  8. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it does. I actually found it to work pretty quickly.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Regural surfing and email checking would be fine. I wouldnt recommend downloading movies or large files like that thru your iphone or AT&T might slap you with overages.
     
  10. Ajr901 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the iPhone data plan is UNLIMITED right? I'll just be using the data plan. If they say anything I'll just say that I've been downloading every single app in the app store in chronological order.

    But if I wanted to download a movie fr example the FULL 3g speed would be there and the connection would be reliable enough to download that movie for 2+ hours? Correct?

    Thank you all who replied and I really wanna get my facts straight before getting rid of my laptop connect card and just use my iPhone as a modem.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It's unlimited iPhone data not laptop though. They can tell if they dig into if your data is unusually higher than average and tethered. Gotta be cautious that's all I'm saying.

     
  12. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    actually unlimited data for at&t means 5 gb max. they screw you in their terms of service
     
  13. Ajr901 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hahahah. Yeah I've noticed in the att online control panel. It says 5 gigs but I've taken it to 30+ gigs and they haven't slapped me with any overages.
     
  14. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    thats cool. good 2 kno
     
  15. sdlevi27 macrumors regular

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    Everyone keeps quoting this, but will someone PLEASE point me to where in the TOS it says 5gb max for the IPHONE data plan. The laptop connect data plan clearly has a 5GB max, but NOWHERE that I can see under the TOS for the iPhone data plan is there any mention of a 5GB cap, soft or hard.
     
  16. Majakat macrumors member

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    so if you use pdanet, it isnt visible to ATT like normal tethering is right?
     
  17. strikingviking macrumors member

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    3g speed

    I use pdaNet in the US as well as in Mexico on my 3g jailbroken, unlocked iPhone and it is much faster on the Mexico system. (Telcel)
     
  18. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Can you please post a screenie?
     
  19. 7on macrumors 601

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    Right, but if you're using up like 30Gb of Bittorrent - AT&T will know that you're tethering.
     
  20. Ajr901 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I called AT&T about this whole matter today. My wireless 3g plan for my laptop connect card was made before january of 2009 so my plan has a softcap on 5gigs, plans made Fter that date have a hard cap, whatever kilobyte you go over 5gigs, YOUR GONNA GET CHARGED. I've downloaded 30+ worth of torrents. Haven't Been charged a cent in overage.
     

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