Is iPhone first bluetooth phone that can't be used as a modem?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by toke lahti, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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  2. afd macrumors 6502a

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    Does seem a bit bizarre, I was looking forward to buying a phone that would come with mac modem drivers. The last phone I had that has that was an ericsson R520, every other one I've had to use a script from Ross Barkman. Now apple makes a phone and they don't produce any modem drivers!

    Maybe they will eventually.
     
  3. cyberone macrumors regular

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    that was a main condition when i bought phones to using them as a gprs modem.

    they simply must have omitted that thingy - for sure it will follow with a firmware.
     
  4. Dermot81 macrumors member

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    The last two phones I had with verizon were disabled from the get-go for BT tethering.
     
  5. toke lahti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is it so over there in US, that you have only flat rate data packets or why eg. Verizon does not want money from data usage?
     
  6. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Verizon wants to suck as much money from you as possible. Their phones are completely crippled. You can't even connect a phone to a computer via bluetooth to transfer pics and ringtones. You have to buy everything from Verizon.
     
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    No. Sony has made many locked down phones.

    BT as modem is more times than not locked by phone makers on the request of the cell phone provider. I know Verizon cripples. Sprint use to, but no longer, but if you use your phone as modem for too long they will require you to get a wireless data plan (the $60 kind, not the $15 one).
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    The last 4 Sony Ericsson phones I've had have all worked, perhaps it's the US mobile operators that insist on blocking the BT modem access?
     
  9. toke lahti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK, in Finland no phones are locked, so it must be US operators that lock or request locked phones.

    So is iPhone locked by Apple or AT&T?

    If it's locked by Apple, is it then first bluetooth phone that is locked by manufacturer?
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    The Verizon XV6700 was crippled at first, but a later software update enabled BT tethering.

    Wonder if it could be used to give an iPhone EVDO access, either over BT or WiFi computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network sharing?
     
  11. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

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    sprint charges an extra $39.99 to use its phones as a modem
     
  12. fithian macrumors regular

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    Sprint

    I have been using a Sony Ericcson T608 with Sprint as a modem for my laptops. It is $20 a month over the talk minutes. No request to get another plan. It is for sale as soon as my iPhones arrive; probably Monday.
     

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