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  1. #81  
    Quote Originally Posted by JackNaylorPE
    Here's a cut / paste from th Cingular web Site. Media Net gives you unlimited web access PDA Connect adds VPN:
    Thanks JackNaylorPE,

    What is the difference between MediaNet and PDA Connect?

    MediaNet gives ONLY unlimited web access? What about data such as email and AIM (not via SMS)? If MediaNet does that then I'm in the wrong plan.

    Ben
  2. #82  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmagee
    What is the difference between MediaNet and PDA Connect?
    $15/month!

    Seriously though, it appears that the only difference is at the network level - the PDA plan gives your Treo a publicly-addressable IP address, while the MediaNet plan does not. The difference is akin to connecting your PC directly to your cable modem vs connecting through a home router.

    Unless you need to use a VPN client that needs an addressable IP address, save yourself the cash.
    Palm Pilot Personal -> Palm III -> Palm IIIx -> Visor Prism -> Clie TJ37 -> Treo 650 -> GSM Centro
  3. #83  
    Quote Originally Posted by jetkins
    $15/month!

    Seriously though, it appears that the only difference is at the network level - the PDA plan gives your Treo a publicly-addressable IP address, while the MediaNet plan does not. The difference is akin to connecting your PC directly to your cable modem vs connecting through a home router.

    Unless you need to use a VPN client that needs an addressable IP address, save yourself the cash.
    Yes, I'd prefer to pay less. Cingular also charge tax that brings the total bill to about 55 bucks.

    So are you saying that MediaNet plan also include data usage from email and AIM? I don't use my treo to connect my Laptop to the internet.

    Ben
  4. #84  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmagee
    So are you saying that MediaNet plan also include data usage from email and AIM?
    Yes. I check my work and home email regularly on my MediaNet plan. Last month I clocked up 86MB, and didn't pay a penny in overages. I have no first-hand knowledge of AIM usage, but I understand it's the same.

    My advice would be to get onto the MediaNet plan while you can - there are many folks here who are on an even cheaper unlimited plan that is no longer offered, and if Cingular pull the plug on MediaNet Unlimited, you will have missed the boat.
    Palm Pilot Personal -> Palm III -> Palm IIIx -> Visor Prism -> Clie TJ37 -> Treo 650 -> GSM Centro
  5. #85  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmagee
    What is the difference between MediaNet and PDA Connect?
    1. $15 a month

    2. CSR's will try and sell ya the PDA plan if they know ya have a Treo.

    3. If you wanna set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you need PD plan. If you don't know what VPN is then you don't need it.

    And don't talk to any Cingular CSR's...just go onto the Cinguklar site, go to MY ACCOUNT / FEATURES / AVAILABLE FEATURES and add the plan....go to MY FEATURES to delete a plan.
  6. #86  
    Quote Originally Posted by JackNaylorPE
    1. $15 a month

    2. CSR's will try and sell ya the PDA plan if they know ya have a Treo.

    3. If you wanna set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you need PD plan. If you don't know what VPN is then you don't need it.

    And don't talk to any Cingular CSR's...just go onto the Cinguklar site, go to MY ACCOUNT / FEATURES / AVAILABLE FEATURES and add the plan....go to MY FEATURES to delete a plan.
    jack,
    ok, I tried to do as you suggested but that didn't work, perhaps because I'm on an pda connect unlimited plan ONLY. If I had a voice plan then maybe I could use the myfeatures. I will see what happens after my first month has passed and go from there.
    Thanks.

    Ben
  7. #87  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmagee
    jack,
    ok, I tried to do as you suggested but that didn't work, perhaps because I'm on an pda connect unlimited plan ONLY. If I had a voice plan then maybe I could use the myfeatures. I will see what happens after my first month has passed and go from there.
    Thanks.

    Ben
    How long have you had it, perhaps your account hasn't made it to the web yet.
  8. #88  
    Just bought it last Friday.

    Ben
  9. #89  
    I just switched from "Pay as You Go" on Cingular to the MediaNet plan....seems that Cingular has changed the PAYG plan to 3 cents a Kb from 1 cent a Kb and that takes my $8 / month usage to $25 and I might as well get unlimited.
  10. #90  
    Do you have MediaNet unlimited ONLY or in addition to voice plans?

    Ben
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    Guys, thanks for this thread, it's been really interesting. I've been a long-time Tmobile customer and was very much intending to switch to Cingular when my contract was up at the end of the month mainly because I wanted EDGE. But a week or two ago I read something about Tmobile deploying EDGE and when I tested, I found that I was getting speeds of 100kpbs and higher, so no more need for Cingular.

    By the way, I have a page about data rates on my blog that I've been updating with more recent info that I find, so I used this thread as an impetus to update things. Might be a good place for some to get a quick overall picture of what's offered by the various carriers: http://twelveblackcodemonkeys.com/read/1050881.htm
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  12. #92  
    I've got the old school Sprint plan for unlimited data/text/picture mail for $10.
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  13. #93  
    My new pcs vision plan is 10 a month unlimited.
    People With treo and paying the 15 a month pcs vision, can opt for a -5 credit, reducing it to 10 a month.

    Call Sprint

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  14. #94  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmagee
    Do you have MediaNet unlimited ONLY or in addition to voice plans?
    Here's what I got:

    4 phone 850 minute voice plan (currently w/ about 2,500 rollover minutes accumulated) - $89

    Phone 1 - Media Net Unlimited ($25)
    Phone 2 - Pay as You go Text
    Phone 3 - Pay as You go Text
    Phone 4 - Pay as You go Text ($5)
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    I went into Cingular today to get more info on their data plan. I am with sprint and now pay 95 for 2 phones. I get unlimited data on my 650, and my wife gets unlimited picture uploads and all that garbage. We get 1000 minutes to share per month, unlimited night and weekends (start at 7am). Its not a bad deal now that i am looking at all this. Cingular's data plan is 45 bucks, I only pay 10! Main reason I went to Cingular is to inquire about the new blackberry phone for my wife. That will be almost 90 bucks for data for 2 phones and another 89 for phone service!
  16. #96  
    Quote Originally Posted by timexx8
    Thank god my boss pays for my data , we totally get ripped off here because they havent yet implemented number portability...when that happens people will start shifting and go with whoever offers the most for less. Another problem is we only have Rogers and Fido for GSM....Rogers bought Fido so soon their unlimited $50 data plan will likely be gone.

    100MB for $100 cdn isnt too bad for my Treo as I don't surf the web really...For Blackberry I think they call unlimited 25MB($60) and then charge $7 dollar

    Here is the fine print for Blackberry plan's

    **Rogers Wireless reserves the right to limit usage and charge $7 per additional MB for excessive usage over 25 MB of data per month.

    So for 100MB on your Blackberry your looking at $585!!!!

    T-Mobile's Blackberry plan wasn't that extreme, but seeing as how I have transitioned 100% to my Treo 650 I cancelled my additional $20+ per month BB plan. I get unlimited data with T-Zones for $4.99 per month, and I pay $39.99 for 600 anytime minutes, unlimited nights and weekends.
  17. #97  
    Quote Originally Posted by kevfer
    Cingular's data plan is 45 bucks, I only pay 10!
    Verizon's Data Plan is $45.

    Cingular's hase several Data Plans. Here's a cut / past off their web site:

    Data Connect 20MB $34.99
    Data Connect 10MB $24.99
    PDAConnect - Unlimited $39.99
    MEdia Net - Unlimited $24.99 (This is what most AT&Tingular Treo users have)
  18. #98  
    I have a Treo 650 and was thinking of switching to Cingular and getting the unlimited MediaNet plan. I've read the posts in this thread and am not sure if I'm more or less confused than before I read them.

    So, is the unlimited MediaNet plan a good idea if I want to use my Treo for surfing the web and using AIM on my Treo? What if I want to connect my Treo to my laptop and use the Treo to give my laptop internet access (email/IRC/AIM, non-VPN stuff)? I'm unclear also on if that MediaNet plan's "unlimited bandwidth" includes sending/receiving text messages/picture messages. Why do I get the feeling Cingular keeps that all confusing for a reason.

    Thanks for any help.
  19. #99  
    MediaNet Unlimited will do all of the data functions you describe, including your laptop connectivity via DUN. It will even work with some VPN clients. What it does not include is any SMS or MMS messages - you can either pay-as-you-go for those (SMS is $0.10/ea, don't know the cost of MMS), or you can add SMS or MMS packages that give you a certain number for a fixed cost per month.
    Palm Pilot Personal -> Palm III -> Palm IIIx -> Visor Prism -> Clie TJ37 -> Treo 650 -> GSM Centro
  20. #100  
    I use Cng MediaNet Unlimited for $25/mo. The salesman told me wouldn't be able to use versamail to check e-mail with medianet, and should go with the $40 PDA plan. They will just say ANYTHING! I told him that the MediaNet would be fine for my needs. I use versamail, browse the web, use AIM, all with no problem. I haven't found anything I can't do yet, but I haven't yet tried to connect my laptop via DUN (should be fine), since I'm having so much fun on the 650. Also haven't yet tried to VPN into my Cisco pix 501--I'm doubtful about that one based upon this thread.
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