I researched a fair bit before coming across an application titled PdaNet. I don’t know anything about the guys who created PdaNet, or its background, but I do know that I tested it, and it works, and its simple.
Being a Verizon customer and owning a Treo700w left me wanting more. Unfortunate to those who own a phone from Verizon, we find many options locked out to the end user. Some phones and some features are easy to find instructions for, and others are just near impossible. I’m not claiming that PdaNet is the only way to accomplish this task; in fact, if you know of others – will you share with me here?
PdaNet is an application I came across when in dire (wow – I direly needed internet access) need of internet access while on a business trip and often times not within range of internet, at least not cheap or free internet. Most likely I direly needed to check out digg, post a few thoughts, check my ebay sales, and maybe get to some work email. Of course this is all possible via the phone itself, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to stare at a screen that’s the size of my track pad on my laptop and attempt to digg an article or post my final bid!
PdaNet is created by June Fabrics and can be found here: http://www.junefabrics.com/palmnet/
The setup is simple, actually, here are the detailed steps:
- Install Application
- Connect Phone for Active Sync to Run
- Connect to Internet from PC via Cellular Phone
PdaNet will allow you to seamlessly tether your personal computer through the Treo phone even when never thought possible before. For those unfamiliar with the concept, tethering in this instance refers to connecting your phone to your computer via Bluetooth or the Hotsync USB cable to allow you to access the internet via your phone while using your actual computer screen, keyboard, and mouse.
There is no complex setup involved, no extra hardware, and honestly, I was surprised at how little hassle. I will say, make sure you know what your data plan involves so that you avoid incurring large charges to your cellular bill, If you already pay for a data plan, then you are certainly within your limits.
Okay, so there has to be a downside – right? The only “downside” might be the fact that its free for 30 days then they ask you pay a one time fee of $34 to support the application. Might not be a bad price to support a few guys who made a sweet app. Thirty days will fly by, have I ever introduced you to Software Virtualization? It may well solve your 30 day problem – but of course, I’ll leave that up to you.
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