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I haven’t had much time to get the FlyBook configured for testing yet, but one thing I did do was use the ultra-portable as a cellular device earlier today. Since I have a Verizon Wireless account, iCube included a T-Mobile SIM card with the FlyBook, as […]

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I haven’t had much time to get the FlyBook configured for testing yet, but one thing I did do was use the ultra-portable as a cellular device earlier today. Since I have a Verizon Wireless account, iCube included a T-Mobile SIM card with the FlyBook, as the integrated cellular capabilities are a relatively unique feature. Like the other radios (Bluetooth and WiFi), there is a quick hot-key combination to activate the WWAN functionality. You can use this for Internet connectivity or phone calls, so I tested out the phone capability.

Using the included mobile PhoneTools software, I dialed James up at his home and we had a good 20-minute conversation. I heard James through the two external speakers on the FlyBook, while my voice was picked up through the integrated microphone at the top of the display. Basically, the FlyBook became a cellular speaker-phone and the call quality was quite good. The only issue that we came up with was that my voice was faint on James’s side of the call. I’ll be looking at using a Bluetooth headset and or a USB headset for future testing in hopes that my audio levels will increase. I’ll also be sure to get an audio sample of a call for you to listen to during the review period.

Before I forget: this FlyBook’s WWAN capabilities also include EDGE, so when not making phone calls, I can surf the web, check e-mail, etc…all without an external modem or tethered phone. The integrated cellular is a very compelling feature, and Dialogue does offer a FlyBook with HSDPA support, making for a fast connection in the right service area. EDGE is a nice to have, but as you’d expect, it’s nowhere near as fast as the EV-DO speeds I have with Verizon.

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  1. Those download speeds are god for EDGE – I was seeing half that using a tethered Blackberry. Though perhaps there’s some BB overhead stealing throughput.

  2. Interesting; this was from my home office out in the sticks. I’ll try tomorrow from my work office in the Philly suburbs and we’ll see what happens.

  3. The HSDPA version is currently only available for Asian and Europe countries. They are not compatible with US carriers. They are currently working on getting FCC approval for the version that will work in US. Hopefully it becomes available soon.

  4. I’d be curious to hear from you on your experience with a Bluetooth and wired headsets and making phone calls. I had one the earlier models (A33i) two years ago and could never make the phone work via BT. Good deal, keep your feedback coming. Enjoy…

  5. Fernando I have the A33i model and I could never make the phone work via BT too. I wonder what you used to make phone calls with your A33i flybook . What kind/model of headset work in this flybook model (A33i)???many thanks

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