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Mar 15, 2008 5:25 pm

Having discovered the wonders of a Windows mobile pocket PC awhile back, I've now entered the next phase of my technology awakening.  After googling the question yesterday, I was able to successfully tether my PDA to my notebook PC and voila!  I'm surfing the web as my wife speeds down I-75 in northern GA (soon to be in Doberman territory) on the way to Sarasota Florida for a week.  As many of you are aware, this can also be done with a card from your cellphone company.  It's low-end DSL speed...about 250-400Kbps depending upon signal, but a guy told me that it's considerably faster in larger metro areas.

 
Why am I excited about this?  LPL's platform is not available on Windows mobile, so until I solved the tethering issue, I had many times while out of town when I either couldn't access LPL's platform or I could only access through the hotel's $10/day broadband.  Now, as long as I can get a cell signal, I can connect.
 
I love technology.
Mar 15, 2008 6:43 pm
Indyone:

  I'm surfing the web as my wife speeds down I-75 in northern GA (soon to be in Doberman territory) on the way to Sarasota Florida for a week. 

 
I love technology.
 
Hope you and your wife made it safely. Atlanta and North Georgia had some bad weather earlier today and last night. Also, while driving down I-75, make sure you don't exceed the speed limit (in construction zones), especially in Crisp, Turner, Tift, & Cook counties. Turner & Tift counties have really bad reputations for sticking it to out-of-towners. One guy did 80 in a 50 mph construction zone and got stuck for $700. I won't say who....
 
Sarasota huh? Lucky dog! Have a good trip!
Mar 15, 2008 8:26 pm

Thankfully, we missed almost all the weather...were on the back edge of the system and just got a lot of rain. Getting ready to stop in Macon for the night.



...and thanks for the warning...just went through Tift and saw a lot of GSPs with their lighs flashing...cha-CHING!!!

Mar 16, 2008 2:07 pm
Indyone:

  As many of you are aware, this can also be done with a card from your cellphone company. 

 
 



I have unlimited data on my plan and have been thinking about getting one of those cards off Ebay (about $50) and just transferring my SIM card from pocket pc to laptop when I want to get on the 'net. 

I think you just convinced me.


Dec 25, 2008 9:17 pm

After smashing my old phone in a minor motorcycle accident in September (long story), insurance gave me a new phone that was harder to tether to my notebook PC for mobile internet access.  Why am I interested in this?  I'm on Verizon and they want $15/month above the $45 I already give them (for internet on my phone) to link my phone internet to my notebook.  My wife's nephew told me about an application that for $34, will connect your internet-enabled phone to your computer for high-speed access anywhere you can get a cell phone signal.  I just downloaded it and it works great.  Mine is a Windows mobile device (pocket PC), but it looks like it will work with IPhones and Palm OS devices like the Treo.  If, like me, you want to work from your notebook while on the go...on vacation or at conferences, etc., this is a must-have, assuming you already have internet access on your phone.  Here's the link...

 
http://www.junefabrics.com/index.php
 
My Christmas gift to you...Merry Christmas.
 
Dec 30, 2008 8:33 pm

Good idea Indyone.  You must have a data plan on your phone.  I read in some Blackberry forums that this works with Blackberries too.  By the way, you don't have any LPL digital certificate issue with your tethered laptop?

Dec 31, 2008 2:56 pm
Cash-22:

Good idea Indyone.  You must have a data plan on your phone.  I read in some Blackberry forums that this works with Blackberries too.  By the way, you don't have any LPL digital certificate issue with your tethered laptop?

 
Yes, I do have a data plan on my phone.  Verizon charges $45/month.  What I object to, is Verizon wanting to charge an additional $15/month on top of that for the 4-5X a year I need a tethered connection.  I think $45 a month is plenty.
 
I tested it and had no problem with LPL's digital certificate since my laptop is also my office computer.  Even if it weren't, as long as you install the digital certificate to the laptop, you should be able to use it with pretty much any internet connection...at least that's been my experience thus far.