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Verizon is well known for disabling Dial-Up Networking (DUN) on their phones with high speed connectivity and the new Palm Treo 700w is no exception. The Verizon Treo has EVDO integrated so it is the perfect modem to connect to a laptop or Tablet PC for […]

Verizon is well known for disabling Dial-Up Networking (DUN) on their phones with high speed connectivity and the new Palm Treo 700w is no exception. The Verizon Treo has EVDO integrated so it is the perfect modem to connect to a laptop or Tablet PC for high-speed connection to the web, but with DUN disabled by Verizon there is no way to do that out of the box. Enter PdaNet, a utility from June Fabrics that lets you connect the Treo to a PC using the Palm USB sync cable and use it as a tethered modem. The software is simple to use, just install and when you want to connect your laptop to the Internet click the Connect tray icon and the dial-up process is started automatically. PdaNet for Windows Mobile has been in beta but it looks like the final version has been released. There is a 7 day trial period and the registered version will cost you $34 ($29 for existing customers). I have not used this personally since I have an EVDO card for my Tablet PC but Treo forum users are singing the praises of the program.

  1. JK, do you think Verizon will nail users with extra charges if somehow they can differentiate the network traffic?

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  2. Since the Verizon plan is an unlimited usage plan I don’t see how they could. There would also be no way to tell if the Treo alone is left online (which is permitted). Of course, Verizon can do what they want so only time will tell. It is speculated that they will offer an update in the future to allow this anyway. Before EVDO was available in my area I used a hacked Motorola phone to connect my laptop to the 1xRTT network with no problems.

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  3. Cool! I know we discussed this on the show yesterday – I di not know they had a version out for the 700w as well. PDANet has been a lifesaver for me with my Treo 650.

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  4. OMG- My prayers have been answered. I am in Real Estate- and use a tablet pc. this with the Treo700w and the broadband access…I’m speechless. I am now looking for a way to use it via bluetooth to connect to my laptop and be able to use pdanet. anyone had anyluck doing this?

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  5. The PDAnet folks indicate a Bluetooth option is forthcoming but as far as I’m aware not yet.

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  6. The only “Unlimited” thing about Verizon (or anyone else’s plan is the gall they have to use the word unlimited. Read a David Pogue article on nytimes.com or google ‘mobile WiFi router’.

    This class of device takes an EVDO modem card and creates an instant hotspot – until the carrier detects your unusually high usage and cancels your agreement. There are some ridiculous things in their service agreements that allow them to do it – for now.

    I think that my intended use – tethered modem only when no better alternative exists – will fly low enough under the radar to not draw their attention.

    The long-term hope is that this restriction will fade into oblivion like the cable or DSL guys trying to force you to have a separate connection for every computer in your house.

    Anyway – JK this information has cleared the way for me to a 700w and I thank you for it.

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  7. Thanks for pointing out PDANet. It worked immediately on my Treo 700 and was a super easy setup process. I’d recommend it to any Verizon Treo 700 user while their still in this mode of not officially supporting or providing tools for the use of the device as a modem. Next step is that whoever comes up with a Bluetooth workaround for it will have my business.

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  8. Unlimited??? HA!! They have windows media mobile in it – GREAT for listening to online music except for the restictions.

    From verizon’s agreement …
    “Unlimited PDA/Smartphone and BlackBerryr Plans: These VZEmail plans cannot be used: (1) for access to the Internet, intranets or other data networks except as the device’s native applications & capabilities permit unless you subscribe to the Tethering Feature; (2) for any applications that tether your device to laptops, personal computers other than for use of the Wireless Sync or BlackBerry Solutions, unless you subscribe to the Tethering Feature; (3) for uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music or games unless offered through Get It Now or V CAST; (4) with server devices or with host computer applications, including without limitation, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, telemetry applications, automated functions or any other machine-to-machine application; or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, and/or (5) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. VZEmail service is for individual use only and is not for resale. We reserve the right to limit throughput or amount of data transferred, deny or terminate data services, without notice, for anyone we believe is using the VZEmail service in any manner prohibited above, whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels or whose usage exceeds reasonable levels. “

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