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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem Phones
Both Verizon and Sprint offer the use of the Treo 700p as a Bluetooth modem for a monthly access fee. Reportedly, if you use too much data transfer, they'll shut you down.

After endlessly searching for a way to use my phone as a modem without working through Verizon, I came across USB Modem, which not only allows you to use the Treo as a modem, but also utilizes the faster USB connection. Only the Treo 700p offers speedy broadband access; reportedly 10x faster than dial-up; I don't know how fast pages load with the 600 or 650. And BTW, it syncs flawlessly with Apple's Palm iSync conduit.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this software, and note that it's $24.95 -- however, there is a demo version you can test to make sure it works for you prior to purchasing. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for anything you do to your phone, and/or anything that your service provider may then do as a follow-up to your actions.]
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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: ahcrouch on Jul 12, '06 08:12:36AM

I don't see how this software will change the risk of being charged by your cell phone provider for excess usage. Whether you connect your computer to the Treo by Bluetooth or USB, you're using their data services exactly the same way.



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: markformac on Jul 12, '06 08:48:19PM

Somehow Verizon knows when you use your phone for DUN (dial-up networking) or not. And for you to use DUN with Verizon, it's $15 monthly. If you use the application described in this hint, you somehow avoid the DUN fee. Don't ask me how, I just know that I can not connect via Bluetooth because I'm not paying the $15 fee, but after installing this application, I can connect without any issues.

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Mark Brooks



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Confused - where is the advantage? (Treo as a USB modem)
Authored by: Peachie on Jul 12, '06 10:10:28AM

I'm a little confused over this hint. I have been using my sprint treo 650 for a year now as a wireless (bluetooth) modem for my 17" powerbook.. even so far as to use it as part of a wireless go-anywhere webcam solution. The functionality is built right into the bluetooth manager on the treo. I set the phone bluetooth to work as a modem, and then tell the powerbook to dial via bluetooth (#777). Perfect connection every time, and without the cable in the way.. the phone can sit across the room, or even be on the charger. So what does this software really do for you? Extra speed? I hardly think so. USB certainly is faster than bluetooth, but bluetooth is already much faster than standard broadband, and MUCH faster than the EVDO "broadband", so in theory there should not be any difference in speed whether you use bluetooth or usb.
Everything stated here seems to be easily done without this software or the registration fee. Can anyone tell me what advantage this software gives, if any?

Peachie
(Powerbook/Treo650 addict)



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Confused - where is the advantage? (Treo as a USB modem)
Authored by: markformac on Jul 12, '06 08:59:37PM

The advantage is the data rate and saving $15/month on Verizons network. Somehow Verizon knows when you use your phone for DUN (dial-up networking) or not. And for you to use DUN with Verizon, it's $15 monthly. If you use the application described in this hint, you somehow avoid the DUN fee. Don't ask me how, I just know that I can not connect via Bluetooth because I'm not paying the $15 fee, but after installing this application, I can connect without any issues.

Bluetooth transfers at 2-12 Mbps and USB transfers at 60 Mbps...big difference when accessing websites. While Verizon's EVDO network has been tested up to 5 Mbps, you are correct that the Bluetooth should be able to produce the same results as USB. However, users of this application have commented stating they see a huge difference in how fast sites load.

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Mark Brooks



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Confused - where is the advantage? (Treo as a USB modem)
Authored by: markformac on Jul 12, '06 09:11:31PM

Also keep in mind that while Bluetooth is generally between 2-12 Mbps, some people use USB Bluetooth adapters that typically only have a USB 1.1 connection and a transfer rate of 720 kbps. Even USB 2.0 Bluetooth adapters only have typically a 2 Mbps transfer rate.

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Mark Brooks



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who needs this
Authored by: captnswing on Jul 12, '06 10:47:58AM

when you can have this instead?

...for free...



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who needs this
Authored by: markformac on Jul 12, '06 09:00:59PM

It's not free...you have to pay Verizon $15/month for the DUN access.

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Mark Brooks



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: luomat on Jul 12, '06 12:14:23PM
What the owners of the 600 and 650 fail to realize is that Sprint (and Verizon, I believe) have let people get away with using a Treo 600/650 as a modem, but with the 700p they are going to start charging extra to use DUN.

Yes, even if you have the 'unlimited data' with Sprint, you will pay extra for using the 700p as a modem.

(Note that the 700p also still lacks WiFi, years after Palm has suggested that WiFi support was just around the corner....)

There are a number of sites out there looking for ways to get around this limitation (i.e. let you use DUN w/o extra expense). Whether or nor it will work it unknown.

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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: BreezeBoogie on Jul 12, '06 01:34:51PM

about bluetooth connectivity, if i didn't have bluetooth installed back when i bought my powerbook, what do i need to buy to add that functionality? recommendation pls.



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: markformac on Jul 12, '06 09:08:45PM
any type of USB bluetooth plug will work if you want to add Bluetooth to your Powerbook. Just make sure you find one with a high transfer rate. Click here to see all the USB Bluetooth adapters offered at NewEgg.com All the adapters listed include their respective data transfer rates.

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Mark Brooks


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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: vocaro on Jul 13, '06 08:12:05AM
Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: markformac on Jul 14, '06 01:27:55AM
DUN is not free as indicated at that website. It is free for the 600 and 650, but not for the 700p. As indicated in the above positing, "What the owners of the 600 and 650 fail to realize is that Sprint and Verizon have let people get away with using a Treo 600/650 as a modem, but with the 700p they are going to start charging extra to use DUN ($15/month for DUN for Verizon). Yes, even if you have the 'unlimited data' with Sprint and Verizon, you will pay extra for using the 700p as a modem."

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Mark Brooks


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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: jjmarcus on Jul 14, '06 07:25:52AM

Awesome! Worked smooth as I could hope for. Now I just need to wait for my wireless bill...



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: vocaro on Jul 14, '06 12:56:17PM

Where does my website say that DUN is free? I never asserted that.



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: gregb on Jul 14, '06 08:13:49PM

A signficant reason I choose the Sprint Treo 700p was to use as a wireless modem and assumed the Mac compatibility of the Palm desktop software extended to the USB modem interface. After many unsuccessful hours of attempting to gain modem access interfacing with the bluetooth or USB connections, I came across this suggestion for the USB Modem software. I downloaded the trial version and made a successful connection using the USB-Treo connection in 5 minutes. I transitioned to the permanent version which comes with lifetime upgrades. The software creates a useful internet connect icon in the menu bar and allows one to easily switch between mobile phone internet access and airport access. There may be cheaper ways to make this connection, but the ease of use were worth it to me. Thank-you very much for the suggestion.



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Use the Treo 600, 650 and 700p as a modem
Authored by: icoach on Jul 15, '06 11:45:27AM
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=215

For a treo 700p w/ MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.4.7 you can use a verizon 700p with the 15 (DUN - Dial up networking) fee and get online as i'm making this post right now.

Follow the instructions in the blog.

1st - create a configuriation under the apple go to preferences and create a device. Select mobile phone, sync up devices with the pass keys. follow the screen shots at the bottom of the blog.

Trouble shooting if you're trying the blog and it's not working as I did last night. Try restarting your mac and your treo (take out the battery). Then try creating a new configuration as well as re syncing your blue tooth.

Lastly which may have been my problem is that the Palm Service rep told me that you may need to wait 24 hours before the DUN service is actually updated.

USB Modem - he said this was up to Apple if they were going to support a driver for that device and palm only supports the bluetooth elements of it.

The service is not that super fast but definatley works to access my email account online and download meg size ppt and such.

hope this helps... it really does work if you're willing to pay the 15 dollars.

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