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iPhone 3G as Bluetooth-Modem?

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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Jun 17, 2008 6:34 PM (in response to BeeMac)
    It's not really bad but if tethering is a big deal for you, the iPhone isn't the phone for you.
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  • McMan Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2008 7:56 PM (in response to alexgee)
    I keep hearing people say "you expect something for nothing". No! I will be paying $30 for a data plan per month! That is hardly "for nothing"!

    So what if I want to tether my MBP to my iPhone to surf the Internet! I'm paying for an unlimited data plan! What difference is it if I'm surfing on my iPhone or my MBP?

    Zero difference!

    Just another rip off by at&t!
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  • the_kdoggy Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2008 10:58 PM (in response to McMan)
    mainly because your MBP has the potential to use ALOT more bandwidth than the phone... you are slowed down by the iphone due to the nature of the device and it's interface, but with a normal computer, you may have multiple things going at once, all consuming a chunk of bandwidth an order of magnitude above what can be done on the iphone (without being jailbroken at least)..

    $30/mo. is nothing compared to what enterprise users who've been using aircards long before the iPhone have to pay. I got lucky and caught a $35 PDA contract that allowed tethering before ATT merger. I know at the end of my contract my bill's going to have to go up to $60+/mo for data. Kinda like gas.. I hate it, but unfortunately I can't choose my own price for the same service.

    I will agree, they need a big fat lawsuit over the 'unlimited' claim. I also think they need to be making their 3g network more solid.. to handle the demand. But don't expect them to make it truly unlimited..at least until they have some crazy competition. There is a reason T1 lines are still expensive.. and we are talking about a portable and wireless connection here.. how much do you pay your home broadband provider, for a connection that never moves from your house (I'm going to guess at least $30/mo)? Just food for thought.. You can complain all you want, but until enough people speak with their wallets.. it will not make a difference. And most who depend on it can't afford to go without it long enough to really make that difference. They have us all by our collective *alls. Just like oil.

    Personally, I had an 8525 that I broke, that got a screaming connection.. even being fed from a Fusion VM back over a internal bridge (because there was no USB driver, and the bluetooth speed is almost like edge network) I am seriously now thinking about having it repaired rather than get the iphone, until the tethering is allowed/blessed by apple/steve without having to resort to jailbreak.

    I was REALLY looking forward to having an iphone that was designed to work with my MBP, but apparently tethering is too difficult for the average user, so it's not worth including. It might lockup during a keynote

    C'mon apple, we know it might not be perfect, but give us real USB tethering, and let us make that choice!!! (and yes, I've already sent feedback)
    MacBookPro Early 2008, Mac Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • the_kdoggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 17, 2008 11:03 PM (in response to Tamara)
    I'm going to have you start booking my travel then.. in my world, wifi is anything but free, it's highway robbery.. (highest I've seen so far is $20/day..)

    Alot of companies advertise hotspots, but most of the ones I've run into are free only if you subscribe to a service such as wayport.
    MacBookPro Early 2008, Mac Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • the_kdoggy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 17, 2008 11:13 PM (in response to Paul Judd)
    the problem is that if you want an iphone you pay $30/mo.. if you want laptop connectivity, you have to pay $60/mo in addition to the $30 you already pay for the iphone. If you use windows and WM6 phone, you can tether, and pay $65/mo for both. See the difference.. Tethering is rather easy once it's setup. It can be a pain during setup.

    For occasional use, in a location where you have no alternative connection. That is why I want it. From my viewpoint, it appears to be a small apple software modification. (but I may be completely wrong too..)
    MacBookPro Early 2008, Mac Pro Early 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Anjan Chakraborty Calculating status...
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    Jun 18, 2008 1:44 AM (in response to Tamara)
    I have registered interest in the 3G iPhone on the O2 network (UK). If it cant do this, I wont bother buying. I'm posting this using my N73 tethered to my iMac because my cable internet connection is down. This functionality is basic for a smartphone and has been for years. I'm sorry for US consumers who may have been deprived of this (and other features) - my understanding is that the US mobile phone markets dont serve the consumer that well. Things are different in Europe, we expect more and for this not to be included in a smartphone is bad.

    Hopefully the rumours that it will be allowed are true.
  • Angus Nicholson Calculating status...
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    Jun 18, 2008 8:47 AM (in response to stohl)
    This is a CRITICAL feature for me. I don't mind paying for an additional plan and device for my MacBook Pro, but I have a TomTom Rider for my motorcycle. It gets traffic and weather updates by talking bluetooth to my phone. I am currently a Verizon customer, but would love to switch my 4 phones over to AT&T. PLEASE don't make me get another phone line with data access JUST so I can get traffic and weather on my GPS! That's just SILLY.
    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.3), also iMac 24" and mac-mini
  • BeeMac Calculating status...
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:17 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Have you travel outside US & can't get any wifi? How do you connect your MacBook to internet?
    MacBook Black, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 17", 20" & 24" iMac Intel, iPod Video & Touch, iPhone, Airport Extreme BT
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:22 AM (in response to BeeMac)
    When I've been outside the US, I always bring an ethernet cable with me in case the hotel only offers cabled internet in place of wifi. I also get a list of wifi hotspots where I'm traveling to along with internet cafes.

    Besides, why would I pay the exorbitant roaming charges to use a cell phone as a modem?
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:29 AM (in response to BeeMac)
    There is another widely used trick. Get a airport express and plug that into the hotels ethernet connection. you then use the wi-fi network from the airport express.

    glor
    MacPro 2.66 GHZ (5GB), 30" Samsung 305T, iPod Nano 8GB, iPod Video 60GB, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iPhone 8GB
  • BeeMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:31 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Assuming you're not in Hotel or Cafe & what you get is GSM network only? How? Why pay International Roaming? You can get local prepaid SIM Card easily & include data plan. Very cheap, 1GB for only $10.
    MacBook Black, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 17", 20" & 24" iMac Intel, iPod Video & Touch, iPhone, Airport Extreme BT
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:34 AM (in response to BeeMac)
    BeeMac wrote:
    You can get local prepaid SIM Card easily & include data plan. Very cheap, 1GB for only $10.

    Which won't work in a locked US iPhone.
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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:39 AM (in response to BeeMac)
    BeeMac wrote:
    Assuming you're not in Hotel or Cafe & what you get is GSM network only? How? Why pay International Roaming? You can get local prepaid SIM Card easily & include data plan. Very cheap, 1GB for only $10.


    The iPhone is locked to ATT. I'd pay a fortune in international roaming. Besides, if I'm not in a hotel or cafe, I'm not going to be using my computer.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:40 AM (in response to Glorfindeal)
    Except in Japan . I could not get the Airport Express to work when we were there which made me thankful for the ethernet cable I brought.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • BeeMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 25, 2008 7:23 AM (in response to Ansuz82)
    Well... that's for US customers and get stuck with locked phone. Not in Asia ... Prepaid SIM is also very cheap & include 3.5G data plan. If iPhone comes to Asia & need to have contract with provider just to have iPhone... I don't think Apple can boost the sales in Asia. Just like Blackberry in Asia... not selling well.

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    MacBook Black, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 17", 20" & 24" iMac Intel, iPod Video & Touch, iPhone, Airport Extreme BT
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