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The truth on EVDO on Laptop via Cell Phone as Modem. ???

by eric815    Jan 15, 2006, 8:50 PM

Ok,
There has been a lot of different explanations froma variety of different people on what the facts are for using a cell phone to let your laptop access the internet over EVDO.

There are 3 different camps of people with 3 answers.

1) The first camp is the end user like me that is currently using a Moto E815 cell phone as a modem (via bluetooth connection) to access the internet from my laptop and PDA (Dell Axim Pocket PC). I was even able to do this with my old V710. Never had an issue and I was never officially told by verizon to stop doing this. I have never been billed for data access and never directly threatened to be. I basically use my minutes that I pay for (or free minutes nights and weekends). So since I pay for my minutes, I feel I can use them as I like.

2) The second camp is the Verizon Salespeople and Customer Service. They claim "no" its not allowed nor possible from any of their phones. They require I buy an EVDO card and pay $60 a month to use it. But then what about my Pocket PC PDA? How would I then use my PCMCIA card in that for EVDO access? Their solution is to by an i730 or Treo etc with a $45 a month plan to access the internet. So now I am up to $105 a month to access the internet in addition to the $60 I pay for voice plan. So on these sites I see lots of Verizon reps threatening everyone that they will be fined and charged back for all their data use from a cell phone. Is that legally possible? Will it hold in a court of law? I highly doubt it, since for starters I use minutes that I "PAY" for, and finally its not an enforceable action because of what I will explain below from Camp 3.

3) Camp 3 are the Verizon tech support and data support personnel (employed by Verizon). This afternoon, I visited a local Verizon store to get to the bottom of this since I am interested in an Treo 700, but dont want to pay for thier EVDO plan. I noticed on their demo phone, that it uses basic dial up networking like I currently use on my Pocket PC where the username is 10digit#@vzw3g.com, etc. So the salesperson told me rudely that I cannot access the internet without a plan. She then rudely told me I can not use any handheld phone from Verizon to connect to my laptop to the EVDO internet. When in fact this is not true at all based on my ersonal successful experience. But the solid fact is that I strolled over to the tech support personnel and was told "YES" I can. He told me that "we" (Verizon) sell the Mobile Office Kit (basically a cable to link the phone and laptop) and will allow my phone to connect my laptop to the internet while only using my minutes without the need for a broadband access plan. He also confirmed that if I can connect my phone via bluetooth then the kit is not required. I asked him a few times to here him repeat his answer to me and he confidently told me "YES I CAN" connect with my phone. He even admitted to me that the salespeople just want to sell me the plans.

So based on the fact that Verizon officially sells Mobile Office kits to allow this laptop connection to internet from phone, leads me to believe that it is legally within our rights to do so.

So then WHY??? Why does Verizon continue to feed us misinformation from their sales team if not just to force more $60 EVDO plans down our throats??? If Verizon ever made good on their threats to us using our minutes for internet access, then I would sense a class action lawsuit on their hands.

Does anyone (especially VZW officials on this board) know that the EXACT TRUTH is on all these scare tatics the salespeople use to sell plans?

The VZW salespeople are becoming more and more like carsalesmen. I recall 10 years ago a Honda salesman tried to sell undercoating to my sister on a brand new Accord. Skeptical about this, I looked under the car and it was already undercoated. So that sheister salesman tried to take advantage of my suster and double sell her what already is standard from the factory. Shame on him!! Shame on Verizon!

--Eric

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