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    There's a program for Treo 600 and Treo 300/T270 called PDANet that allows one to use a Treo as a modem for their computer.

    As for the Treo 650, there has been some talk that Sprint has "crippled" a bluetooth feature that would enable one to use their Treo 650 as a modem for a laptop.

    I contacted the PDANet support and they quickly responded:

    "We will be releasing a version of PdaNet that runs on Treo 650 in a couple of weeks. Please check back our web site later. Yes we will consider support BlueTooth."

    Lucky we can install such programs on our palm pilots! Otherwise, I might be out a modem for my laptop when I upgrade from T300 to T650.

    Jason
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    That's very cool, but I wonder if it's required? How can Sprint disable the serial profile for modem use without disabling it for HotSync? That is assuming that both modem and hotsync use the serial profile.
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    My understanding is that Sprint crippled bluetooth for use as a wireless modem. I guess it's popular for bluetooth-enabled cell phones to be used in this way. Hopefully, PDANet will find a way around this.

    I do not think that Sprint disabled the serial profile. But I'm not certain.
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    "DUN is what is causing the ruckus on the Treo 650. Some carriers, such as Sprint, while supporting Bluetooth, have opted to disable DUN, because their plans are not priced for Treo users to act as modems for laptops."

    This is the only reported function of Bluetooth that is disabled of the 5. The serial profile is enabled...
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    This is great news. I've missed PDAnet ever since i fried my treo's serial connection.
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    i am assuming that PDANet for the Treo650 will be a separate purchase then? those of us who purchased PDANet for Treo600 will have to upgrade?

    Just out of curiosity.
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    It was a required purchase (with a few price breaks) from the 300 to the 600. Of course that was a bigger jump, so who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jes
    "We will be releasing a version of PdaNet that runs on Treo 650 in a couple of weeks. Please check back our web site later. Yes we will consider support BlueTooth."
    Sweeeet!!
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    Outstanding......even assuming we will have to pay for an upgrade.
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    With Sprint's intention for enabling DUN for Bluetooth, would there be a need for the anticipated PDANet for the Treo 650?
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    For people that don't have bluetooth on their laptops there would be.
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    A quick hop to your favorite geek store and purchase a usb to bluetooth adaptor is all that is required. I just did a quick google and linksys has the usbbt100 for retail at about $40. Your mileage may vary at your store. About as big as a key chain. That is how I will solve this for myself.
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    I received response back from support@junefabrics.com that -- It (PDANet) will be a different product with discount offer to returning customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReesR
    A quick hop to your favorite geek store and purchase a usb to bluetooth adaptor is all that is required. I just did a quick google and linksys has the usbbt100 for retail at about $40. Your mileage may vary at your store. About as big as a key chain. That is how I will solve this for myself.
    As someone who never used PDANet or BlueTooth, I'd like to find out which of the two approaches would be faster? What about power drain on the Treo itself? I'm looking into getting a notebook soon, so this could become an issue for me. (the notebook I'm looking at doesn't appear to have bluetooth, although it is wired for wifi.)

    Thanks.
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    The connection speed would be the same as it totally depends on your carrier and signal strength. If you add EDGE to the mix then I imagine a straight BT connection would be the fastest, but that's limited only to certain carriers (GPRS systems). CDMA systems offer something comparable, I believe. I can't wait to get mine and hook up the modem function and a headset and GPS - man, I love toys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk700
    As someone who never used PDANet or BlueTooth, I'd like to find out which of the two approaches would be faster? What about power drain on the Treo itself? I'm looking into getting a notebook soon, so this could become an issue for me. (the notebook I'm looking at doesn't appear to have bluetooth, although it is wired for wifi.)

    Thanks.
    I've never used PDANet or BlueTooth either - until tonight - and therefore I don't know which one would be faster but I did connect using PDANet at 122kbps. I downloaded PDANet for my Treo300 and I can't believe I have had my head in the sand for so long. I've had a laptop for a year and my 300 for about 15 months. I haven't been paying much attention to this forum until I heard about the Treo650 being released. I am, of course, drooling, but I'm not sure about the price and my Sprint upgrade discount will not be in effect until February.

    I've been researching BlueTooth and reading here as well. These are what I consider to be the pros and cons of getting a Treo650 ASAP and using BlueTooth vs. keeping my Treo300 for a while longer and using PDANet (as it relates to using a treo as a modem):

    Pros:
    - undeniable coolness factor of bluetooth
    - well, I'd have a 650, wouldn't I?
    - carrying around cables sucks
    - phone and laptop would not have to be withing three feet
    - ??? (open to suggestions)

    Cons:
    - have to spend more money for bluetooth stuff
    - have to wait until sprint releases DUN upgrade
    - here's the big one IMO, if I'm going to spend a long time (stuck at an airport, in a coffee shop, etc.) my phone is going to run out of battery power. If I use my Treo300 and PDANet with a cable I can go forever.
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    The DUN profile, should not need to be present if you use PDANet. PDANet will be the DUN alternative and vice versa.
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    There's another factor we all forget in the PDANet vs bluetooth debate - the cable you use with the PDANet software can ALSO charge your Treo, I'm sure, for many like myself, bluetooth will be a quick fast connection, but for longer sessions and overnight recharging, I'll stick with the cable that you can't leave behind.
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    Don't you think that the "free lunch" that Treo/PDANet users enjoy (using the Treo as a modem, in violation of Sprint's user agreement, rather than paying the ~$75/month they charge for unlimited PC/modem use of their data network) will end when the DUN Bluetooth capability is enabled by Sprint? Right now, only Treo owners who are somewhat technically inclined and search out PDANet are "abusing" Sprint's policy. But when they offer the capability to use BlueTooth to turn the Treo into a modem as part of the basic function of the phone, it seems to me that they will also have developed some way to identify AND CHARGE FOR that use...right?

    I assume they aren't enabling it until they figure out a way to identify and charge those users who are using the Treo as a data modem. Or maybe they will just come out with a new plan which is metered, $15/month for low usage, $40 for medium, $75 for unlimited.

    The free lunch is going to come to an end...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dstrauss
    There's another factor we all forget in the PDANet vs bluetooth debate - the cable you use with the PDANet software can ALSO charge your Treo, I'm sure, for many like myself, bluetooth will be a quick fast connection, but for longer sessions and overnight recharging, I'll stick with the cable that you can't leave behind.
    That is an excellent point. I have used PDANet with and without the charging cable, and I prefer having the charging cable because of the battery drain.

    It is possible that the bluetooth T650 be plugged into a wall somewhere while you use it as a modem.

    I do not know whether using PDANet though a cable is faster than using Bluetooth DUN.
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