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December 3, 2011
11:27 am
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Gordon venner
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I am trying to decide between upgrading to an Iphone 4s or an android model. I have read the items regarding pda net and tethering to a computer. When tethered, does the time or downloads count against your purchased data package? That wasn't clear to me. I have Verizon wireless.

December 5, 2011
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Good question. 

When you use PDANet, you are using data from your plan.  Time is not a factor.

It is easy to set up PDANet with the Droid phones, in my experience.  To use PDANet with an iPhone, you must “jail break” the phone, which may void the warranty on the phone. 

iPhones are 3G devices.  The newer Droid phones are faster 4G.

Verizon wireless has a tethering plan which is an $$ add-on to your regular plan.  Most newer phones support wireless tethering.  A 4G phone can support up to 10 WiFi connections at a time with their plan.  3G phones can support up to 5 connections.

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December 9, 2011
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Thanks for information.  With regard to data plans, I have heard from some folks that they have unlimited data plans from Verizon, but now, Verizon has a 2g plan that costs $30 a month.  How do you get the unlimited?  With a limited plan, doesn't that make the GPS and streaming audio, etc. kind of useless? 

December 10, 2011
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Unlimited phone data plans are a thing of the past with Verizon and ATT.  Sprint still advertises unlimited data for the iPhone and TMobile says they have unlimited data on their phones.  Some regional phone systems like MetroPCS and BoostMobile may have similar plans.

I am a full-time RVer and travel extensively.  Verizon is the only carrier for me because they have the best overall nationwide coverage.

If one of the other carriers have service where you live, work, or travel, it may be an option for you.

GPS does not use data directly, but many of the mapping apps use live data.

Streaming, especially video, will consume a lot of data.  That is why you are encouraged to use WiFi for streaming.

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December 22, 2011
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I've just upgraded to the Motorola Razr which is still on the Gingerbread but will be updated at some point to the Ice Cream Sandwich. When someone gets a ICS phone and has PDANet, could you post that the PDANet still works ok? Thanks!

December 22, 2011
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I just got the Razr, too, and PDANet works fine on it.

I'd be willing to bet that it will work on ICS or June Fabrics will make it work.

So far, I have not seen any reports.  As soon as I do, I'll post.

The only ICS phone now is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  The one I played with at the Verizon store did not have PDANet installed.  Go figure.

 

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January 16, 2012
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Mr Geek:

I purchased PDAnet for my Droid X.  It loaded on my phone just fine.  My computer will not load properly.  JuneFabrics offered a solution download a file “serialandroid.reg” which I did.  They said to open the file in Windows, but the file tries to attach to installed Windows programs (Adobe, Word, Office, Internet Explorer etc) not the computer registry that will make it operate.  Can you offer any help?  (I'm using Vista)

 

I greatly appreciate, BusdriverJoe

January 17, 2012
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The safe way to install a “.reg” file is as follows:

  • Click on Start and then Run…
  • Type in regedit, and then press OK
  • In regedit, click on File, and thenImport
  • Enter the filename or otherwise locate the “.reg” file you want to enter, and press OK
  • The contents of that “.reg” file will be entered into the registry. 

Give that a try and let me know.

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January 17, 2012
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The safe way to install a “.reg” file is as follows:

  • Click on Start and then Run…
  • Type in regedit, and then press OK
  • In regedit, click on File, and thenImport
  • Enter the filename or otherwise locate the “.reg” file you want to enter, and press OK
  • The contents of that “.reg” file will be entered into the registry. 

Give that a try and let me know.

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