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Ferret-Simpson
http://www.vodafone.jp/en/data_card/

Yep, that's right. 3'rd Generation GPRS (3g for short)

And fully tested and complient and whatnot (BY THE MANUFACTURER NO LESS!) with the Zauri.

Now I need someone in Japan to buy me one. Aww hell, I'm gonna bug Vodafone till they get me one. This should be of particular notice to all of you guys in the UK, because this works with Vodafone's 3G datacard tariffs, if we can get them into the UK (It's the same as the PCMCIA card vodafone sell, but smaller. SEIKO is the OEM)

Is that, or is that not the coolest thing in Zaurus COMMS since the Audiovox RTM8000?

hehehe
Insert this into AlbertR's C1000, and you essentially have a Faster-clocked, Open source HTC universal. ^^
bluedevils
smile.gif I'm already doing 3g through a bluetooth phone. Though I would hardly call it broadband, it feels somewhere between isdn and dsl (not even close to cable). I get 300K download, but I haven't tried upload speeds.
Ferret-Simpson
Yeah. Slightly better than 64k GPRS, don't you think?

And despite having fully working gear, my life with Bluetooth was hell. I swear I must exude some form of selective Frequency jamming.
bluedevils
BT wasn't too bad for me, once I figured that the socket card and/or the phone needed to be reset once in a while. I think I've turned into a cliff claven with this thing because I can lookup info out of nowhere.
Ferret-Simpson
Mine just was havok. Wouldn't connect properly. Couldn't make anybody elses work either. I prefer hardwired, it's more reliable.

Heh, I spent £14 on Credit this weekend, just keeping up on Forums from a Bench on Oxford's Broad Street.

(Actually, there were two benches, which I alternated between)
JohnX
For some reason I remember hearing that bluetooth can only do ~720kbs (as a theoretical maximum, not including bluetooth 2.0). I wonder how much of a limiting factor that is in practice...
Ferret-Simpson
Even I'll admit, as a Bluetooth-hater, it's not QUITE that bad.

Standard Class 1, Class 2 v1.1 is 112.5kbps through to 4mbps, depending on situation.
Curious Aardvark
what's wrong with wifi ?
you guys made of money or something ?

I just keep note of the wireless networks I'm setting up :-)

And wasn't there some bizarre rumour that the entire city of london was going to be a FREE wifi zone ?
I mean you probably need some sort of compensation for having to go to the dump. But if london does it, then so will most cities.

Got to keep up with the joneses.

But I'll be buggered if I'm going to contaminate my z with a mobile phone card. Hell I don't even use a mobile myself :-)
iamasmith
QUOTE(Curious Aardvark @ Mar 28 2006, 03:46 PM)
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And wasn't there some bizarre rumour that the entire city of london was going to be a FREE wifi zone ?
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Awesome!, however, I haven't heard that rumour.... I presume that means some of central London... I doubt it will extend out as far as Chiswick sad.gif

-Andy
Curious Aardvark
Probably not chiswick - it was actually the City of london - which I think means the bit you get charged for driving in. Although wifi tends to leak a bit so you could probably park up just outside the congestion zone and steal their internet :-)
Fairly sure it was a register article so I would have thought it wasn't entirely smoke and mirrors :-)
Nope it's genuine
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/21/city_gets_wifi/
Looks like they're doing it so the lawyers can surf porn in their lunchhour :-)

Possibly not entirely free - but we all know ways round that :-)
w14
Its not even that good ... The City of London is about 1 square mile of banks, hedge funds and insurance companies. Its not even part of London, and has its own mayor.

You know you're entering the "City" when you pass the nice silver dragon sitting in the middle of the road. There are some pics of the dragons on Wikipedia, with a nice map showing just how much of the city (with a small 'c') is covered by this ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_london
Ferret-Simpson
You know, unsurprisingly, in the middle of Wincanton, Somerset, there are BUGGER ALL wifi hotspots. Even in Oxford only a few of the coffeehouses have access. Besides, my wificard commited suicide about a week after I got it. Entertainingly, it took the college wifi network with it, which has never been repaired. . . No idea what the hell happened to it. Not that anyone cares that much, only one person ever used it, it only worked properly in one room of the Science block.

So I gave up and got the Ambicom GPRS/Chi Mei G1 / Audiovox RTM8000, which has served me well. ESPECIALLY in Oxford. Costs a bomb though. Also getting an XDA in a few weeks, which will further compliment my geeekiness. I'm already the only person within a 20 mile radius who feels the need to carry more than one phone and more than one PDA.
brashley46
Dunno about London, but Toronto is getting free wifi in the financial district this Summer; read all about it here.
Toronto Hydro will introduce us to the crack free, and then make us pay after six months. laugh.gif Within three years they intend to cover the whole city.

QUOTE(Curious Aardvark @ Mar 28 2006, 10:46 AM)
what's wrong with wifi ?
you guys made of money or something ?

I just keep note of the wireless networks I'm setting up :-)

And wasn't there some bizarre rumour that the entire city of london was going to be a FREE wifi zone ?
I mean you probably need some sort of compensation for having to go to the dump. But if london does it, then so will most cities.

Got to keep up with the joneses.

But I'll be buggered if I'm going to contaminate my z with a mobile phone card. Hell I don't even use a mobile myself :-)
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Ferret-Simpson
What ya gonna do?

I'll stick with my GPRS.
bluedevils
one tradeoff of using the slower bluetooth dun/3g setup is that it uses less power than a wifi. I can surf for a longer time, but pages load slower.
Curious Aardvark
I'm not against the vodofone cards, for the right application they are a very useful bit of kit.
But I suspect most zaurus users would have one to score points and for 'my pda's better than your pda' discussions (which it is - obviously lol)

However might it not be a better idea to have a much cheaper tariff on a bluetooth mobile and connect to that through a bluetooth card on your zaurus ?

A client of mine used to use a vodafone card as his main internet connection so I've got some idea what the things cost to run. And it's not cheap.
speculatrix
I needed to find something online when visiting a father in law yesterday, and ran up GBP3.50 on virgin GPRS in about 10 mins, even when images were disabled in netfront... probably read about 15 web pages in text-only mode if that!

Ouch! If only the selfish neighbour hadn't gone and locked-down their wireless access point :-(
agoodm
£1 all day free GPRS win from orange... Unlimited gprs all day for £1. Ive used 20+MB on it before - most uk providers charge several pounds per MB :-D
cmonex
here if i find a wlan network it is probably locked... rolleyes.gif and gprs is cheap as hell, 100 or 200 MB a month (depends on the contract), and this is around 8 GBP or 14 US$ or so in your currency. also as i'm with vodafone and they provide a good data compression, that's actually twice of the mbyte's. never ran out of it...
speculatrix
QUOTE(agoodm @ Apr 22 2006, 10:08 PM)
£1 all day free GPRS win from orange... Unlimited gprs all day for £1.  Ive used 20+MB on it before - most uk providers charge several pounds per MB :-D
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I took a look at www.Orange.co.uk and no sign of that pricing:
http://www2.orange.co.uk/servlet/Satellite...d=1137070320264

so I am wondering how you get that price!
speculatrix
QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 23 2006, 09:40 PM)
QUOTE(agoodm @ Apr 22 2006, 10:08 PM)
£1 all day free GPRS win from orange... Unlimited gprs all day for £1.  Ive used 20+MB on it before - most uk providers charge several pounds per MB :-D
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I took a look at www.Orange.co.uk and no sign of that pricing:
http://www2.orange.co.uk/servlet/Satellite...d=1137070320264

so I am wondering how you get that price!
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reading the orange site, it seems that it's GBP1 per day for unlimited acess to Orange World, which is their "walled garden" of services (email, ringtones, news etc), NOT general internet access.
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