next g phone and laptop

Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:34
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Hi all

OK, I have a new next G phone...yeah I've read the horror stories but no problems yet.

I was told by the store I can use it with a data pack ($29 for 70MB) to connect to the web while on the road. I haven't been back yet but am eager to try.

The question is.....HOW? There is nothing in the manual. I have the phone connected to the laptop via the USB cable. Do I need to dial up?????? I just want to check webmail and peruse the odd website for accommodation etc.

It's a Samsung A-501 if that helps...


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Reply By: Philip A - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:52

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:52
Well, I just bought a Telstra 252 yesterday and it is soooo simple to use.
Install the software with the phone.
On the ZTE software, the program is called join ME. Dunno on Samsung.
Open the icon on the laptop, click on internet, with the phone conected to the USB.
Then just open Internet Explorer.
It is GREAT and fast.
I was amazed how simple.
regards Philip A
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Reply By: Member - The W (WA) - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:55

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 16:55
I have been doing this of ryears with an imate, first it was a pda 2k evdo which was cdma then I upgraded that to Next g imate jas jam and no problems at all with either.
I also have a samsung which you cann do the same with however as you said it is not in the book.
Guess what.
You have to put the disc into the pc and print it off or just look up what you want.
It has a whole book in english on the Samsung PC Studio.
Under networking Wizard mine has and overview section, starting networking wizard, creating a new connection, modifying a connection, removing a connection and using dial-up connection.

There is something else you can do, call samsung and ask for assistance or another is to phone telstra if they are your provider and ask for mobile data support.
BUT FIRST yoiu NEED to go to a telstra shop (or your provider) and ask to have a data pack.
There aere a couple of ways you can have it set up depending on what you want.
One is a data pack that gives you an allowance of MB to download and it charges you lots for any over what you use so be careful to keep an eye on it via "my billing". You can also have a data pack that allows you unlimited MB but is on a time frame.
Horses for courses as they say Terry.
We do not have a land line or fixed line any longer as we travell all the time now until we ever decide to go home again.
If you do not have an account set up with the telstra shop first it won't matter what you do you will not be able to proceed.
You can alsol send and rec on the phone it's self but if you do this then you will get charged both when you rec email on the phone and again on the mobile unless you set it to delete off the server when it is downloaded first time around.
Have fun and good luck.
Telstra has a (I think it is) 20cent call to 125 111 but it is slow getting to where you want however it is way cheeper than being on the phone sorting it out at a cost on the 13 or 1300 number they love to get you to call.
Just tell them you were told to call the 125 111 number. Be sure to tell them you want MOBILE data pack assistance or they will think you are wanting a home fixed line information.
Hope, this is of assistance.
Bev Watto.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:00

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:00
Terry ,
I did the same with CDMA . I had to instal the Nokia software from their website onto my laptop .
Then I contacted Telstra , because there was some "stuff" they had to do too .
Willie .
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Reply By: StephenF10 - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:03

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:03

Use the PC Studio software that came with the phone. Select the option "Manage Internet Connections" and it should set it up for you. Be aware that NextG data is very expensive. The data packs were designed for using the phone as a browser not using it as a wireless modem for a laptop, which can eat up 70mb in very little time!

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Reply By: tdv - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:15

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 17:15
Quick response....fantastic guys.

OK I was doing the network connection thingo but it wants a user ID and password. I rang 125111 and they told me it is a Samsung issue. Yeah right!

Guess it will have to wait until Monday.

Thanks for the advice regarding time instead of MB allowance. I'll check that out. We are travelling for 4 months soon across the NT and Kimberleys so won't be online for long at a time but would like to download emails and send them with the odd pic.


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Follow Up By: Grungle - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 18:39

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 18:39
Hi Terry,

It's just like your computer at home. You need 2 things - a modem and an internet account. The modem in this case is the phone so once the drivers are installed onto the laptop so it can talk to the phone, you need to set up a dial up connection to your ISP (internet account). You can use the same account as you have at home but will have to get the phone number from your ISP to allow remote connection (mine is wireless broadband for example but when I go out in the field, I access via dialup).

The username and password is the same as your home account.


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Reply By: Member - Doug S (QLD) - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 20:49

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 20:49
Great question Terry, glad you floated it cause it answered some issues for me as well, thanks to all who responded.
May see you one the road Terry, White 80 series with EO spare wheel cover and Aussie Swag camper, Quebec 1600 HF. Head off from QLD in a few weeks across the middle for 3 months in North WA before heading to Darwin late August.

Doug S..
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Follow Up By: tdv - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 12:52

Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 12:52
We leave in 2.5 weeks from Atherton Tablelands. Across to Kingfisher camp then on to Roper Bar and on to Coburg Pensinsula (Got a permit....just).

120 Prado with Aussie Swag also. Won't be in WA until July/August at a guess. No fixed plans except to get to Coburg for the permit period.


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Reply By: disco1942 - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 21:10

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 21:10
First of all see if you can use the phone in conjunction with the lap-top to dial up your existing ISP (during My Hour for free access.)

If you can not do that resist signing up for a long contract with a datapack on your phone (hours or data quantity.) keep a check on you usage, if you are likely to use a lot of download and upload you may find it is cheaper in the long run to get a Bigpond wireless modem (around $250) and opt for the 1GHz lower speed option at $50/month.

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Reply By: Philip A - Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 21:44

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 21:44
I have researched this pretty thoroughly.
I have an ADSL2 account with Bigpond at home. I will be travelling for about 8 weeks in July-August.
I figured that it would be much cheaper to buy a phone, and data packs than to buy a USB or mini card modem and be locked into a 2 year contract when I already have a home ADSL.
I bounced this off a Telstra contractor who happened to be in The Fone Zone shop I went to.He was great and demod how it all worked and discussed the options.

So , I ended up with a nextG Telstra 252 phone , and a car kit for $30 per month ( as I have a CDMA high gain antenna ) plus $49 upfront for the car kit. This gives me both a next G phone and modem.

Telstra has a special deal of $8 for 37.5 megs per month for the next two months which I bought to test it out. Lucky as my phone line crashed yesterday.

Telstra also has "Mobile as Modem" browsing packs.
Cost is $59 for 200Mb and 0.025 c/Kb above the about 25c + a meg
up to $179 for 2000Mb and 0.025c/Kb
I think 200meg should be OK for me , if I stop my son from sending me videos.

So I will cut my Bigpond ADSL down to the lowest while away and buy a data pack.
I tried it last night and 10 minutes is about 1Meg.
Some tips.
Use email differently ie download, go off line to reply then send all at once.
Remove Bigpond as home page as it is very content rich and the ads just rack up Megs.
I would be grateful for any other tips.
Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 07:03

Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 07:03
I also used my Nokia 6255 as a modem for my Dell Axim X50V and this allowed me to get emails and browse the internet when out and about wherever there was a decent CDMA signal. It worked well but was expensive on Prepaid+. It also worked with the laptop and a Bluetooth dongle but was a lot slower to download than the PDA I guess because of the larger data footprint.

I've now moved to NextG and an LG TU500 and can do the same thing although the configuration is a little more tricky. Took me ages to find the right person to talk to in Telstra. I purchased a $8 data plan initially to see how it would go. It's certainly faster than the CDMA setup and the laptop also chews the data pretty quickly compared to the PDA.
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 09:57

Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 09:57
The actual phone will conect to the internet but I think you also need to pay for a server. They assume that you already have an internet connection through bigpond. Telstra don't always give you all the information
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Reply By: tdv - Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 12:56

Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 12:56
So the concensus is I have to dial up? So I pay for the dial up cost plus the data download cost? Or do it during "my hour" for free except for download costs?

I thought it would just use the mobile to connect to the web as it does already using the phone except I get to use the laptop for easier browsing etc instead of a 2 inch screen.

As said earlier I'll try to get advice from local telstra shop. I'll take laptop and phone in and stay until it works!

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Follow Up By: tdv - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:02

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:02
Just thought I'd put my resolution here for anyone searching the forum.

Had to ring Telstra during the week as the weekend staff were hopeless. Took the advice here and asked to speak to a data pack techo. They gave me one month free access (70mb) to try it out. they also had to click a button to allow me access.

Now I just use the PC studio software that came with the phone. Click on the internet symbol. It took me through a 5 step setup process. You don't need a username or password so ignore that bit. Then away she went. I didn't check the speed but it is faster than my 512k broadband!

Will just have to monitor usage now. I might change some settings on explorer so it doesn't download pics etc as well.

Thanks for all the help

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