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sydneybristow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can anyone clue me in on the internet service for the Touch? Does it require a monthly plan, if so, how much? I called Apple and the Rep said that it is ready to go out of the box with Wifi, if I am in a Wifi area, but that doesn't sound right to me. I would appreciate any advice before I purchase one...

Dell PC, Windows XP
  • Justin Neff Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    No. You do not need to pay for internet service with the touch because you can only get the internet with a wf-fi network, which cost money to buy a router. A wi-fi area is simply a place that has a wirless router and a wi-fi network. Certain wi-fi networks, such as Verizon, require a password, also known as a WEP code. The WEP code can be found on your router.
  • sydneybristow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the reply...
    So, I will need to buy a wireless router for the Ipod? If so, any idea how much they cost and where I could get one?
  • Justin Neff Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    So you don't have a wireless router at your home. Well you can't neccesarily buy one. What internet service do you have? Verizon will provide you with one if you get their internet. If you get their tv, they will provide you with another.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    will need to buy a wireless router for the Ipod?

    Only if you want to use the iPod touch to access the internet at your home.

    You can get them at any computer or big box store (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) and Walmart. Just about anywhere they sell computers.
  • sydneybristow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't have a wireless router. My ISP is Yahoo DSL through SBC. Guess what I'm looking for is to be able to access the internet and the maps while on the road or at work.
  • Justin Neff Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    At your work you might have to ask around, but at home cjeck your iPod by going into wi-fi and does any network with a strong connection pop up? If not, you can buy one at a Best buy or Circuit City or any other electronic store. To set it up, you might need help from your ISP (internet service provider).
  • sydneybristow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So if I don't want to access the internet at home but I do want to access it on the road do they have a wireless router for the IPod Touch itself?
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    You don't need a wireless router for the touch. It has wi-fi built-in.
    It will find any available w—fi networks, such as at libraries, coffee shops. hotels, etc.
    Note that some are secure networks and you will need a password from the wi-fi provider.
  • Justin Neff Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    No. A wirless router is a box shaped thing that has USB and Fire-Wire cables and fiberobtic cables running through it. They are standard with Verizon and Comcast high-speed internet. What they do exactly is run a wi-fi netowrk so that a computer can run the internet without having to use a phone line. To do that, the router must create a netowrk on which it, and the computer can run on. These wi-fi networks can be accessed, for example, a syslink, a type of router, can be accessed without using a password or WEP code. Another example. a Actiontech, the router I have, was provided by Verizon and requires a WEP code to be access.
  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (6,295 points)
    sydneybristow wrote:
    So if I don't want to access the internet at home but I do want to access it on the road do they have a wireless router for the IPod Touch itself?

    To answer your question more directly, what do you mean "access it on the road"? Do you mean in your car while driving? There is no wi-fi that will work under those conditions. The iPhone can access the internet while you're driving via cell phone service, but that is not "wi-fi" and is not available everywhere.

    However, if by "on the road" you mean while out and about and want to get on the web while you're (stationary) at a place away from home, then you can use your Touch to access any public or private wi-fi without any special hardware of your own. If it is a private wi-fi, chances are it is secured and you'd need the password, but most public wi-fi's do not require a password.

    You only need a router if you want wi-fi at home, and the specific brand or security settings you choose are completely independent of your ISP.
  • istara Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    To speak from my own experience in Australia: first it is pretty hard to find any open public wifi zones here. Second, many wifi zones don't seem to work properly, and I also find the iPod Touch a bit unreliable when it comes to using wifi. It seems to keep dropping out and refreshing itself, no matter how strong the signal.

    As a result I haven't yet really managed to use my iPod Touch as an internet device except at home. At home it is pretty useful (thanks to my wireless network) - you can use it while watching TV to look up things instead of having to get your laptop, or go into another room to get your desktop PC. If you regularly frequent a specific coffee shop where you know it will work then great, it is a superb alternative to dragging out a laptop with you.

    I also like using it in bed to surf the net. You can hold the little screen close, and then you don't need to put glasses/contact lenses in etc. The only disadvantage here is that you have to hold it at a certain angle if your head is on the pillow, otherwise the tilt-action comes in and everything goes the wrong way - most Web Apps only work in the upright/portrait position. It is nice to be able to check your email in the morning when you feel too bleary to get out of bed.

    However given the volume of my email, until there is a bulk delete/Select All feature I have kind of given up on using the Mail app. Deleting every mail individually is an absolute chore.
  • Justin Neff Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    istara wrote:
    However given the volume of my email, until there is a bulk delete/Select All feature I have kind of given up on using the Mail app. Deleting every mail individually is an absolute chore.


    That will come with the $9.95 2.0 update in July
  • phone guy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I need to lock my son's iPOD touch so he cannot access the internet anywhere/anytime.
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (51,185 points)
    No viable way to do that, your best bet would be to take it away from him and give him a 3rd generation Nano
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