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Verizon To Allow Modem Use For EV-DO Handsets

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Feb 2, 2006, 2:33 PM   by (staff)

Verizon is set to announce a change in policy that will allow owners of EV-DO handsets to use them as modems for laptops. Using a USB cable, not Bluetooth, owners of most current EV-DO handset will be able to tether their phones to a laptop and use the Broadband Access data network. Verizon already offers this option to users of the Blackberry 7130e. As with the 7130e, users will have to upgrade their data plan to a $60 per month version. The LG VX9800 and VX8100 as well as the Motorola e815 and V3c are all compatible with the new option. The XV6700 and Treo 700W smartphones are not supported at launch.

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SprintPCSGuy

Feb 2, 2006, 6:48 PM

Sprint's Price Better

$25 with 20 MB included. 1ยข/KB After with $70 CAP. Not everyone needs to use $60-70 worth.
Uh, your brochures actually state 40MB for $39, Unlimited Data $39 if combined with a voice plan....

So yes, Sprint kills VZW's price, for the same service.

And before any loyal VZW people say their network is better:

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ceric20

Feb 9, 2006, 10:31 AM

so whats the deal with this?

Ok i just called Verizon to sign up for this and they say its just for business... No one seems to know anything about it also. I was on hold for 30 minutes just to find out that i cant get this. Has anyone else had any luck?
Islandman1973

Feb 3, 2006, 1:17 AM

Can it work at my house?

I live in Buckeye, AZ about 40 miles west of Phoenix. Problem is where Im at there is no cable lines installed. Only choice is satellitte or dial up. Dial up is slow and sat is over $60/mo. I do happen to be in an EVDO coverage area. Could I connect my phone to my home computer and use this option? I would be willing to pay the $60 for a faster more reliable service.
if there is ev-do coverage then it will work
Buckeye is right on the edge of evdo (400-700mbps) and nationsl access (60-80kbps) the closer you get to pheonix the faster you'll see it go. (600-900kbps)
sowhatsowhat10

Feb 2, 2006, 3:48 PM

why so damn expensive?????

i think its great they finally realize what people want. but why make them pay $60.00 bucks for it. why cant they just make it a cheaper add on? or just let folks get the $15.00 vcast pack and let them teher that to a pc but slow the connection down?

so how will this work? is one going to have to pay the $15.00 for v-cast and $60.00 for the data plan? or just the $60.00 which i'm guessing and hoping.

it would be nice if the included these phones in on the voice and data choice bundles.
yup, it is kinda of a rip. At leaste when you have a blackeberry 7130 and paying $45 a month for data on it you only need to pay $15 for the unlimited tehthering making your total for unlimited data on both device $60 bucks, not a bad deal. On your ph...
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60 bucks !! Plus you STILL cannot do it via bluetooth. As if customers aren't pissed off enough. This is an insulting resolution and embarassing for Verizon. Unlimited data on Sprint is $39 to tether using bluetooth or cable. This plan was just a...
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sowhatsowhat10 said:
i think its great they finally realize what people want. but why make them pay $60.00 bucks for it. why cant they just make it a cheaper add on? or just let folks get the $15.00 vcast pack and let them teher th
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This is great news. It's less than $79.99 (price when Broadband Access first launched) and you dont have to buy an Aircard ($50-$$300 savings). Consumers are never satisfied. Why dont you Cheap scapes go to TMobile for less and get 15-30 time SLOWE...
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johnmag32

Feb 2, 2006, 5:24 PM

Lg 8100

Besides the cable what exactly do you need to use dun.
Add the $60 data plan. You have to get the new mobile office kit with VZ Access Manager. The kits aren't out yet. I checked with my local store. I've played with the 7130 and its Tight. Nice because you dont have to sign another contract and buy ...
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Blazers4ever

Feb 2, 2006, 3:11 PM

Finally caving in

Verizon must have just realized that most of their EV-DO handsets are more expensive then their aircards, and realized that it's just silly to not let people tether as long as they pay full price. Better late then never I guess.....

Baby steps to Bluetooth though...... Confused
Sprint has allowed EV-DO tethering since the phones were released. They even allow tethering via bluetooth (though it's not supported). Wonder why it took Verizon so long to cave in?
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no, i think they probably just realized that people were already hackng their 8100, mo710 and using their evdo for free so they figuered they may as well bring out a plan so they could collect some money for it. I just wish they would come out with a ...
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Will be nice once BT is "allowed"... Rolling Eyes

At least Verizon is appearing to be slowly but surely caving into customer requests to allow us to use the technology the devices they sell were designed for...Took em long enough, but it is a step in th...
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skillz2003

Feb 2, 2006, 5:56 PM

$60 is for people with data plans

I believe the $60 dollar increase is for people with data plans with the blackberry 7130e. Hopefully it will just use mins, if you have a 8100,9800,v3 or e815
Knowing Verizon, it may even be $60 + minute usage....
svec7186

Feb 2, 2006, 3:35 PM

samsung 950

will the samsung 950 be supported for DUN since its an evdo phone?
Eventually. I think they only have drivers for the LGs and Motos. Once the Samy drivers are available to work with the VZAccess Manager software, it should be available as well. Don't see why it wouldn't.
 
 
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