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I first mentioned the utility PDAnet a few weeks ago as a great way to use the Palm Treo 700w as an EVDO modem for your laptop or Tablet PC. The $30 utility enables Dial-up Networking (DUN) on the 700w getting around the Verizon practice of […]

I first mentioned the utility PDAnet a few weeks ago as a great way to use the Palm Treo 700w as an EVDO modem for your laptop or Tablet PC. The $30 utility enables Dial-up Networking (DUN) on the 700w getting around the Verizon practice of disabling it on high-speed devices they offer. Whatever Comes to Mind is reporting that a Verizon representative told them that Verizon would soon have a "fix" rendering PDAnet useless on the Treo. I would not be surprised if this becomes a reality since Verizon has stated they were going to offer modem tethering as a $15/ month service. Too bad for consumers.

[Thanks, Rob Bushway!]

  1. Dumb, dumber, dumberest! Verizon is just clueless. If Engadget is correct and Sprint is coming out with a version of the 700w for their network, I hope they don’t repeat this folly.

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  2. Verison makes the biggest mistakes. Sprint (and most other carriers) usually doesn’t/don’t. Heck, DUN Bluetooth will probably work on Sprint’s version such that you don’t even need a tethered cable.

    -arebelspy

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  3. Other companies use added value as selling points in order to compete. But Verizon, it seems, doesn’t feel that pressure. So instead, they bend over backwards to turn added value benefits into pay-for-use features. We need more choices for mobile broadband soon.

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  4. I knew Verizon wouldn’t just sit back and let PDAnet bring more consumers into their fold. HELLO Verizon!? I really want to become your customer…as soon as you figure out how to treat them….which looks increasingly unlikely…

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  5. The Treo 700w and PDAnet is why I went to Verizon, and they’re nuts if they think that preventing my usage of PDAnet is going to make me pay $80/month for their card based service.

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  6. Well this pretty much garanties I will not be using Verizon…

    Dumb Dumb Dumb

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  7. EVDO is not a free lunch. There is only so many bits per second available in a given cell, which are then shared amongst those users in that cell. By charging for EVDO Verizon makes sure that more of that limited bandwidth is available to business folks that are willing and capable of paying for it. How is that dumb dumb dumb? Sounds like good ol’ American capitalism in action to me: controlling access to a limited resource via financial means.

    If you have a Treo 700w, and have a business need for EVDO access to your LE1600 and you don’t pay the $15 a month? Now that’s dumb dumb dumb. :-)

    I’d upgrade my E815 to a Treo 700w but I’m getting too damn old to fight with Active Sync anymore.

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  8. I just hope Verizon releases the option to DUN tether at the $15/month rate before they “fix” the PDAnet option.

    Steve

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