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  1.    #1  
    Hi there,

    I have a treo 650 and am using it with T-Mobile. Up until a few days ago, I was having no problem connecting to the net with Blazer and downloading my mail with Versa. I've had the 650 do some semi-soft resets (on its own) lately, meaning that all my prefs got wiped, but the programs were still intact.

    I restored my system using BackupMan and everything seemed fine. I can get my email just fine. The Treo connects to T-Zones and Versa downloads mail just fine.

    The trouble is with the rest of my internet connections. Blazer, and other Internet programs, just won't connect.

    I've done a hard reset and restored my files and the same problem is occurring. I suspect that there is a corrupt file that is getting restored and I don't know which one it is. I have a backup set from before the semi-soft resets probably corrupted the unknown file. I just don't know which one to delete and restore.

    Anyone know what is going on and maybe give me some tips as to what file to delete? I've already tried the Blazer files and those don't seem to be the ones. Obviously it is a file that multiple internet programs use since nothing (other than Versamail) can connect to the net. The other programs include Clock Wireless, Blazer, BackUp Buddy.net.

    Anyway, thanks for any help.

    Antonio.
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    T-Mobile may have started blocking ports in your area.

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/tc...d.php?t=147936

    You can get Blazer going again by setting the proxy server. To do that go to Options->Preferences (in Blazer), Advanced tab, click the Set Proxy button, check the Use custom proxy box, enter 216.155.165.50 for the Proxy Server, and 8080 for the Port.

    Other apps that support proxy servers may also be made to work. If you need apps that don't support proxy, you may have to upgrade to T-Mobile's total internet service.
  3.    #3  
    w00t!!!!!!!!!

    Dude! Fantastic!

    I set the proxy server just like you said and, whooosh, back on the Net. Nothing but Net! 3 Points! w00t!.

    Ok, calm now. SPoke too soon.

    Blazer is working fine, but the other internet programs aren't (like my IM chat, etc.) Same problem.

    Seems like this is in the right direction.

    Anyway, I think I have their total internet service. I'll have to check.

    I guess what puzzles me is that it was working fine before those resets.
  4.    #4  
    BTW, what's the difference between t-zones and the t-mobile total internet?
  5.    #5  
    I just checked. I have t-zones and not the total internet? What is the difference? And why were my other programs able to access the internet until a couple of days ago?
  6. #6  
    Quote Originally Posted by amr01 View Post
    BTW, what's the difference between t-zones and the t-mobile total internet?
    Total internet is the $30 plan that blocks very few ports and doesn't require a proxy server.

    T-Mobile Web is the $6 plan (though grandfathered early adopters are still paying $5 or even $3) that in most places blocks most ports, so that only email and apps that support a proxy server will work. Here and there, and from time to time, T-Mobile unblocks ports for reasons the rest of us can only speculate about.

    t-zones is a free service that is restricted to "walled garden" of T-mobile controlled sites -- mostly related to T-mobile service such as ring tone purchase and download. In a few cases, t-zones has (probably inadvertently) unblocked ports for t-zones, enabling full free internet access.

    From your description, I'd guess that you have T-Mobile Web. What is now T-Mobile Web used to be called t-zones, which has led to some confusion and misunderstanding. For example, it is still called t-zones in your Palm OS connections config.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amr01 View Post
    And why were my other programs able to access the internet until a couple of days ago?
    Because T-Mobile decided to start blocking ports in your area this week. Officially, access to those ports is not included in the T-Mobile Web plan. That's what differentiates it from the Total Internet plan.

    T-Mobile occasionally opens those ports for an extended period of time in specific regions. I don't know why. Perhaps to induce T-Mobile Web users to become dependent on apps that require those ports, so that they'll be motivated to upgrade to Total Internet when T-Mobile -- without warning or announcement -- decides to enforce the port restriction in a particular region. But that's just my speculation about their reasons.

    At any rate, you (and we in Chicago) have been lucky to have those ports open for as long as they were. Much of the West that had unblocked ports was blocked starting back in February and May.

    Aside from Blazer, there are a few applications that support proxy, and some of those will work if you make those proxy settings the same as Blazer.
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    Thanks for all the information. I never knew about all this. I suppose T-Mobile likes to keep people in the dark about this stuff. Strange thing is that the tech support folks had me believing that it was my Palm that was at fault and not any port blocking on their part.

    Would this also explain why I've been having an impossible time using my Treo as a Bluetooth modem to connect my Powerbook to the Internet? I've never been able to get it to work properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amr01 View Post
    Would this also explain why I've been having an impossible time using my Treo as a Bluetooth modem to connect my Powerbook to the Internet? I've never been able to get it to work properly.
    I don't know. I've never tried using the Treo as a modem like that, figuring that even if I got it to work, EDGE would feel so excruciatingly slow on the laptop that it would not be worth the effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amr01 View Post
    Thanks for all the information. I never knew about all this. I suppose T-Mobile likes to keep people in the dark about this stuff. Strange thing is that the tech support folks had me believing that it was my Palm that was at fault and not any port blocking on their part.

    Would this also explain why I've been having an impossible time using my Treo as a Bluetooth modem to connect my Powerbook to the Internet? I've never been able to get it to work properly.
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