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    Hello, please bare w/ me as I've had my treo for 6 days now.

    My division is trying to decide what the added value is to the Cingular data plan at $40/mo vs $20/mo for media net.

    Backstory: Our company uses LotusNotes. We are able to get our emails via versamail.

    Is versamail one the the benefits of the data plan? Can we use just the media net service and perhaps get a different type of email service? (I've seen reference to snappermail and others.)

    We'd love to save the $20/mo per person if possible and I thought this forum would be a great place to get some answers from treo-savy folks.

    Thanks in advance!
    Treo Novitiate
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    As far as I know, the only thing you can't do with the $20 plan is VPN. If you don't need VPN, then you should go with the cheaper plan.
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    yea thats the only diff, the VPN, if you dont need it, then get the media net unlimited which is what i have now...and yes versamail does work on the media net unlimited.
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    MediaNet = $19.95 / mo for unlimited data
    PDANet = $39.95 / mo for unlimited data + VPN
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    It is a real VPN or do they mean it the same way as T-Mobile?

    (ie, a real IP during every session)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickLaw
    It is a real VPN or do they mean it the same way as T-Mobile?

    (ie, a real IP during every session)
    MediaNet. I've had mine for 8 months with MediaNet and zero problems.

    How much data per phone per month do you think you will go through?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickLaw
    It is a real VPN or do they mean it the same way as T-Mobile?

    (ie, a real IP during every session)
    Check my posts from some other threads:
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...PTP#post767753
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...492#post801492
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...PTP#post663403
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...PTP#post664589

    Basically the scoop is this. There are two connection access points on Cingular: wap.cingular, and isp.cingular.

    wap.cingular uses a NAPT (network address and port tranlation) router that doesn't forward the GRE packets that PPTP type VPN uses.
    isp.cingular does not use NAPT, and gives you a real internet routable IP address. All packets are forwarded meaning anything works, including NAPT VPN.

    IPSec VPN, however, does work over wap.cingular because IPSec supports NAT (or NAPT)

    NAPT VPN is what Windows XP VPN uses.
    IPSec VPN is what a lot of other comercial VPN uses, like Cisco VPN.

    For for both MediaNet and PDA plan, the 'wap.cingular' access point is the defaul setting in a Treo and what you'll use. The PDA plan, however, gives you the option to use the other access point 'isp.cingular' if you need VPN support that wap.cingular doesn't work with.
    You can not use isp.cingular with the Media Net plan for unlimited data coverage. If you can use it, it will be by pay-per-use (which is pointless.)

    To some searches on my postings with the key words 'PPTP', 'isp.cingular', or 'wap.cingular' on these forums if for more info, I've covered this a few times.
    Hopefully this covers the technical difference, if not I'll be happy to try to answer futher.

    By the way the laptop connect plan and the PDA plan are 100% identical.
    Treo 750 (AT&T)
    Treo600->Treo650->Cing8525->Blackberry 8700c->Treo750->AT&T Tilt->Treo750->iPhone 3G

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