14 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2010 6:14 AM by Beth Tierney
pdahl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am a new ipod touch user. Besides from connecting to some existing network, I wonder if it is possible to use a mobile broadband. first a connector between the ipod and the broadband dongle is needed but then? Has anyone experience in this?

Ipod touch, iOS 4
  • UNCLE POOHBEE Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    To my knowledge this cant be done but I do suggest if internet is a need on the go for you purchase the Iphone.
  • luvlabs Level 4 Level 4 (3,610 points)
    I know of nothing that would allow you to do this, however, you can use some mobile phones to create a WiFi network or you can use one of the personnel WiFi hotspots that are sold by some of the mobile carriers.
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi - I'm also trying to find out if this works. It seems odd that you can connect almost any laptop via mobile broadband but not the Touch. Did you get anywhere with your enquiries?
  • Steve Ashcroft Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    All you need to do is:-
    1. Connect to the internet with your mobile broadband USB-modem
    2. Turn on Airport on your Mac (System Preferences/Network) and check "Show Airport status in the menu-bar"
    3. From System Preferences/Sharing turn on Internet Sharing selecting 'from <name of your mobile broadband> to <computers using Airport>'
    The symbol for the Airport Network in the menu-bar should change to an upward pointing arrow
    4. Your iPod should now be able to find the wireless network you have just set up.
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Steve,

    No... that's not what I want to do at all. At least I don't think so, I may be missing something

    I want to leave my house with only my iPod Touch and connect to the internet so I can download emails. While this is simple if I can find a wi-fi hotspot, there are some bits of the UK, where I can't. So it would be great to get a gadget (a dongle??) to plug straight onto the bottom of the Touch that would let me do this like you can do with many laptops and a dongle.

    Any ideas?

    Beth
  • Steve Ashcroft Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Beth, I see what you mean now. Unfortunately I am not aware of anything that will do what you want (maybe you need an iPhone instead?)
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi - no, it seems like it's not a possibility.

    Feels like a big gap in the market to me
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (46,390 points)
    Both Sprint and Verizon sell a device called a MiFi. It is a mobile broadband device. Although you can connect it to a USB port, it's cool feature is that it essentially creates your own little mobile, WiFi hotspot. They work very well with the Touch. The MiFi connects to the cellular network and the Touch connects to the MiFi by WiFi. You can connect up to five devices at one time.
  • mactomtom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey mates,
    I am also interested in mobile broadband for my ipod touch. I did some investigations in the last couple of days. To my mind it should be possible from a technical perspective. Conventional mobile broadband modules are based on an usb stick. Thus, we would need an adapter to connect the dongle with the ipod touch connection at the bottom of the gadget. Most likely, you have to do some modifications such as writing a new application. I cannot be too difficult.... And I'm wondering why no company has developed something like that. Maybe there's a technical issue, who knows!???

    Anyway, there is some rumor that the ipod touch of the next generation (autumn 2010) will include something like that.

    In the mean time you schould think about a mobile hospot like that to create a network: http://www.novatelwireless.com/

    Cheers,
    mactomtom
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (46,390 points)
    mactomtom wrote:
    Hey mates,
    I am also interested in mobile broadband for my ipod touch. I did some investigations in the last couple of days. To my mind it should be possible from a technical perspective. Conventional mobile broadband modules are based on an usb stick. Thus, we would need an adapter to connect the dongle with the ipod touch connection at the bottom of the gadget.


    Did you read my post immediately above yours? There is a mobile broadband device (at least in the U.S.)that works wonderfully with the Touch, no dongle required. Instead of a dongle, it uses WiFi.
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Meg,

    Do you have a device name/code/link that I can look at? Obviously here in the UK we would need a service provider like Sprint or Verizon to achieve this and the staff at my provider don't get what I am talking about. If I had a link I may be able to point them to it...

    Thanks.
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi again, found the Verizon one online. Will try my provider with that and if I get anywhere, will report back so others can see.
  • mooblie Level 4 Level 4 (1,935 points)
    http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/MiFi

    Not a recommendation, you just asked for a UK link. I used something called Google.
  • Beth Tierney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Not surprisingly, have done that.... not my provider so called both and they say I would need a whole new contract. As a PAYG user, last thing I need....