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    I am wondering what the difference is between an unlimited access plan like Cingular's MEdia package and using WiFi near a hotspot. With the unlimited internet package, you can access the web from anywhere and not be charged more than the monthly fee, right? Same goes for email checking from anywhere, right? Then what will a WiFi card near a hotspot do for you that the normal internet/email access does everywhere else? If this is truly a stupid question, be gentle, I am learning as I go.
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    Not sure about Cingular (I'm with Sprint) but I think that the simplest answer is "speed". On the Sprint network I'm getting about 60kpbs, but if I had WiFi card I'd get whatever speed the hotspot supported, i.e., up to 11Mbps. Hope that helps.
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    To add to what satyric said, speed is the fundamental issue but it might involve price as well. Some Wifi hot spots are free whereas you'd be charged for minutes under your cellular plan if you were using their network.

    Most cellular plans are not truly unlimited although they do have vast differences in how they charge.

    The other advantage to wifi would be a wireless network at home. You could theoritically configure the Treo to sync via the home network rather than syncing through the cable. I don't believe that a the 650 or 600 has been deemed as being truly wifi "ready" via the PalmOne wifi card as of yet. We probably won't have definitive proof until the official announcement which is supposedly on Monday.

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    I see, speed. Forgot about that one. As for home networking, assuming capable, could I surf the web, check email, and hot sync from my couch on my home wireless 802.11g?
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    Assuming capable - 802.11b for sure based upon the current PalmOne card....perhaps "g" but yes you would be able to do all that from your couch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RSGMOOSE
    Some Wifi hot spots are free whereas you'd be charged for minutes under your cellular plan if you were using their network.
    If I have the Cingular MEdia package w/ unlimited internet use, doesn't that protect me from charges for using the net/checking email when not around a WiFi spot?

    That brings me to another question - when using the mail clients on the Treo, whichever you choose, when it connects to download email does it use minutes or the MEdia package (or other service provider's equivalent)?
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    Anytime you are accessing the internet via your Treo, it should use the MEdia package.

    Also, if the Cingular plan is like Sprint... time spent on data usage should not cost you minutes against your plan.
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    Remember that Wifi, whether it's built into the unit or accessed via an SDIO, will suck the juice out of your Treo fairly quickly. PDA units such as the T5 and other PPC units have the benefit of not being connected through a wireless provider all the time, thus using BT and Wifi intermittently doesn't drain the battery as quickly. But, when you have a Treo that already suffers from having a mediocre battery coupled with an always-on wireless radio the addition of Wifi will add n fold to battery drainage.

    There are always tradeoffs.
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    i hope palm1 doesn't wuss out and stop trying to make a decent battery for the treo because they now have the "removable battery" excuse. there should be an extra time battery that sticks out a little more and is a little heavier. i'd use that for long trips where i can sacrifice a bit of portability does anyone agree?
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    The main difference between the 2 is speed. The GPRS, or EDGE, will allow you to connect anywhere you have phone signal. If you have unlimited, media works is, internet usage then it will not go against your minutes. The beauty of Wifi is, when you are near it, it is generally free and is super fast. If you are on your home network, you can check your email, surf the web, sync, stream music with shoutcast, and even stream your own MP3s. I think if Wifi on the Treo becomes available, there will most likely be programs to stream videos from the web and from you PC. I hear alot of people saying, I dont need Wifi that is why I pay for my Internet package and that can be used anywhere. To me it is not a choice if I have this than I dont get or need that, now you have the option of both. How is that ever a bad thing?

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