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1 28th May 22:07
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I've been shopping for a new bluetooth enabled phone that will allow me
to tether my Tungsten T5 for internet and email access. I'd just about
decided on the LG VX5300; a simple phone with bluetooth on the Verizon
system.

Alas, from what I've read on the Palm forums, it seems that the LG line
of phones are not supported by Palm, and therefore, I would not be able
to connect via bluetooth to the LG VX5300 as I had planned. Also, I
don't see LG as support on the Palm web page nor on my device list on
the Tungsten.

First, does anyone know of a way to connect a Tungsten T5 to an LG
phone via bluetooth?

Second, I would appreciate anyone who could suggest a current phone and
wireless provider that would allow access from my T5 via bluetooth for
email and internet access (I prefer Verizon, Sprint, other in that
order).

Thanks,

Bill Levenson
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2 28th May 22:07
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Have you had a look at the network options in the T5 itself, which suggests
a number of handsets. Do you use any other wireless accessories, such as a
headset? This makes a difference. Some handsets are happier to switch
between Bluetooth devices compared with others.

As far as the network goes, I'm assuming you mean North American networks?
My favourite way is to buy an unlocked and typically used handset and then
select the most suitable network.

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3 28th May 22:07
verne arase
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I've tethered my T5 and LifeDrive to my Nokia 6682 despite the fact that the
phone isn't officially supported - just put on the Phone patch (and make sure
all the other patches are on) and use IIRC the Other selection (the one you
use if your phone isn't officially supported).

Since you already have the T5, it costs you nothing to try.

You might want to tether your laptop or PC or whatever if it's got bluetooth
just to verify it works (the LG's tethering) before knocking yourself out
getting your Palm to work.
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4 28th May 22:08
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Thanks, Verne, for the response.

I'm not familiar with "IIRC". I'm assuming that the brand names
supported by the T5 (e.g., Nokia, Motorola, etc.) would be more likely
to work even if the specific model number isn't shown on the T5 menu.

My problem is the two brands I was considering, LG and Samsung, don't
appear on the menu in the T5, so I suspect they won't work. Bummer. It
sure seems odd that Palm would not support these major suppliers!?!?

It's good to know that if I find a Nokia I like, it might work. But,
your comment about it costing me nothing to try, I don't understand. I
have to buy a phone. If it doesn't work, I'm out of luck.

Thanks again,

Bill
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5 28th May 22:08
verne arase
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Well, I'm not at all sure that it's supporting a generic Nokia - rather it
may simply be supporting a generic GPRS modem.

Check around here (and at Howard Forums) to see if anyone's tethering off the
phone you want to buy.
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6 28th May 22:08
general schvantzkoph
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Why don't you just get a Treo 700p and throw the T5 away. The 700p gives
you a phone and a Palm in a single device. It also has Bluetooth and EVDO.
EVDO gives you fast net access. If you can live with slow net access then
you could get a Treo 650, CompUSA was selling those for $50 last weekend.
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7 28th May 22:08
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I seem to be in the minority, but I'd like a PDA that is just a PDA,
and a phone that is just a phone. It would be a real benefit if,
occasionally, I could get the phone to talk to the PDA and allow email
and internet access. It would only be occasionally, but on those
occasions it would really be nice.

If I get a combined unit (pda/cell phone/data access) it would put it
all in one "box", which sounds convenient. Admittedly, I haven't used
one, but it seems like the combined unit would give me a poor version
of a PDA along with a poor version of a cell phone.

Thanks, though, maybe I'll take another look at the all-in-one.

Bill

P.S. I also have separate components in my home stereo system ;-)
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8 28th May 22:08
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It's worth considering. My issue with the Treo range is that they have a
thumbboard and I detest these wretched things. The winning combination for
me is Graffiti and an optional full size, *hardware* connected keyboard. I
cannot always use a Bluetooth wireless keyboard...

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9 28th May 22:08
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Bill - I use my Palm T|X with a Nokia 6256i on the Verizon
network, through the T|X does not officially support the
this Nokia phone. I just set the profile for "Standard GSM"
and entered the appropriate Init strings to set the phone in
1x mode. Which does bring up another question - which mode
are you planning to use - 1x, which does not require a data
plan, or the faster EVDO, which does?

I would suggest asking your question at
http://forums.wirelessadvisor.com. When I needed a new
Verizon phone last January to replace my aging StarTac, that
is where I discovered which Verizon phones supported the
features I needed and also which Init strings I needed to
get my Nokia into 1x mode.

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10 28th May 22:09
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Thanks, Vic, for the info. It is encouraging that you can successfully
use the Nokia 6256i on Verizon. It does confuse me a bit, though,
because the chart from Bluetooth Functionality Chart from the Verizon
website says the 6256i does NOT support Bluetooth DUN. I guess that
reflects the reliability of the information from Verizon.

As to the 1x or EVDO, I plan on using 1x or even Q2N without a data
plan, since my needs for email/internet access from the T5 via the
phone will be only occasional.

And, I'll post to wireless advisor as you suggested. But, since you've
successfully done it, could you share with me the process (I'm new to
this). I may just get the 6256i since it sounds like that one will
work. I had my eye on the LG VX5300, but how can I be sure it will
work? I guess I could go into a Verizon store or Circuit City and see
if they will let me try it out.

Thanks again for the info.

Bill
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