mobile phone as modem WORKS!!

I just wanted to say thanks for the advice and such on using my phone as a modem. Here I am typing away on our new laptop, connected to my N95 nokia.
I guess i'll still need to get a kit for it to pair with an antena for better reception, but here in my back room at home, the speed is as good as the fixed broadband!
For those that are thinking it sounds hard, it really isn't, I even managed it without getting my computer 'nerd' BIL.

Cheers again,
Troy
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Reply By: Rod E B - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:05

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:05
what network
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Follow Up By: Spana - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:26

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 11:26
telstra 3G
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Reply By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 13:21

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 13:21
Hi spana,

I have been using my phone as a modem for the past 3months and it works great, as you said it is so easy to set up, I have an Iphone and they call it tethering, but what ever its called it certainly makes life a bit easier.

Warren.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 15:49

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 15:49
I have an Iphone too, is there a link that shows you how to set up the tethering? I am with Telstra 3g
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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:40

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:40
Hi alby.

On the Iphone you go to settings>general>network and you will see internet tethering turn it on and away you go . You can either connect to the computer with a usb cable or bluetooth if your computer has it. I am connected with a usb cable and am sending this through the Iphone. I am with Telstra next G and am very pleased with the speed, I have a 6gb data pack which costs me 75$ a month.There are many different packs avalilable and you should be able to find something that suits your needs and you can change them at any time.

Telstra is the most expensive but has the best coverage by far.

Hope this helps Warren
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 12:09

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 12:09
Thanks Warren, I will give it a go. I have just changed over to Telstra and agree about the price but if the other networks don't work in the bush they are not cheaper they are useless to you.
Thanks again
Alby
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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 13:06

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 13:06
just a thought alby, if you want to keep a check on data used go to settings>general>usage, reset it each time your data is renewed.
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Reply By: Member - Leave_enough_space - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 13:38

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 13:38
Presumably you are using data packs, or whatever they are called now?

Are you on Telstra or Bigpond, as they both have different plans.

Have you worked out how to monitor your usage, so you don't go over your 'limit'? - when I tried using "My Account" on my Telstra phone, the usage information was as much use as an ashtray in a hurricane!

How do the rates compare with other wireless options?

LES
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Follow Up By: Spana - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 15:44

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 15:44
hey Les,
I just got a $10 data pack, which is 200Mb just to see if i could get it working, I'll see how much data i use up, then opt for a bigger pack. This is just a casual addition to my telstra mobile plan.

As for monitering it, this is an issue I need to look into, the whole purpose of using the mobile is to keep the costs down, so don't want to over use the allowed data.
I don't think it really works out a lot cheaper, just more flexible

Troy
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:48

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:48
I just used data packs when we were on the road last year but after a couple of occasions where unknown to me the data use exceeded the allowance (the meter is useless!!!!) and I was up for considerable costs as the price per mb is very expensive for excess I changed over to a wireless broadband account which is slowed when data allowance is exceeded rather than incurring extra costs.
That coupled with the high battery use with using the phone as a modem prompted the change, much cheaper overall, faster and easier.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 18:01

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 18:01
Hi, I have a Nokia 6720 and a $10.00 data pack, very happy, as you said the telstra online data meter is always a bit behind , but the nokia's have their own meter in the Log section , tells you in and out usage as soon as you finish your call. .
I just clear the counters each month when the new phone bill starts.
I have been using these for a couple of years with no problems.
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Spana - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 18:42

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 18:42
cheers Des!
Yeah I forgot about that, great idea.
I just checked the log, looks like 200Mb won't cut the cheese for me, so might even have to look into mobile broadband.
We are both into photography, checking out my wifes web page or looking at others quickly saps the data.
Will monitor it a bit more closely and see how we go

troy
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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:23

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 22:23
Hi

I have had both wireless modem and data pack through the Iphone, I have found the costs very similar and with the recent pricing structure of the data packs have found this has been suitable for me. I have 6gb for 75$ per month, which enables me to do everything I want. The Iphone has a usage meter which I keep a close eye on.

Warren.
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Reply By: Spana - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:18

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:18
I just found a usage meter
have a look here if you're after one. Seems to be just what we're after.
Make up your own mind though if it's what you want.

http://www.codeheadz.com/
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