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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:

  1. Install Application
  2. Connect Phone for Active Sync to Run
  3. 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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  • 13 Responses to “Tether Your Locked Down Verizon Phone to your PC”

    1. on 07 Dec 2006 at 4:59 pm Kevin Hill

      Does not work with Visa, it keeps looking for active sync which does not exist for Vista.

    2. on 07 Dec 2006 at 5:05 pm Jeff Sickles

      Thanks Kevin, this is good to know! I have used this application prior to the release of Vista. Have you found a workaround or new product that works with Vista? Please let me know if you have.

    3. on 07 Dec 2006 at 6:22 pm Zack

      Yes it does work with Vista. Active sync is built into Vista as part of the OS. i have my 700w connecting up perfectly. The only issue I have is that I only get 200k down. I thiught i would be getting broadband speeds..


    4. on 07 Dec 2006 at 10:39 pm Jeff Sickles

      Zack, is there anything special you had to do? Kevin - have you figured it out yet?

    5. on 11 Dec 2006 at 10:43 am Jeff Sickles

      I just spoke with the guys at PdaNet, and the word is that PdaNet will work just fine with Vista if you are using the latest version. So there you have it!

    6. on 22 Dec 2006 at 9:10 pm Bill

      Anyone tether a Mac to their Treo 700W? If so, instructions most appreciated!

    7. on 23 Dec 2006 at 8:52 am Jeffrey Sickles


      I have not personally used this application on a Mac, however I have run across several forums where others have. Most likely you’ve looked into these already, but if not - you should consider looking at these two sites:


      Also, you might look into tethering via bluetooth. I hear there has been varied success in attaching mobile phones to a Mac with PdaNet via BT. If you try any of these, please report back your findings!

    8. on 21 Feb 2007 at 11:33 am Joo

      or, since you are stealing from Verizon, you may as well steal from June Fabrics too, and go to www.mininova.org searching “pdanet” and download the hacked FREEEEEEEEEEE version….


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    11. on 18 Dec 2007 at 2:13 pm Chess Royal

      So i have alltel and you mentioned “If you already pay for a data plan, then you are certainly within your limits” does that mean it works off of the data plan if you have unlimited data air time for your phone?

    12. on 19 Dec 2007 at 10:54 am Jeff Sickles

      For this post in particular, I was speaking of Verizon wireless. Having never used alltel and not being familiar with their plans - I can not make that decision for you; however, from your explanation, it would seem to me that any tethering charges would be charged solely through the data plan, leaving your airtime minutes fully intact. Do some research on the alltel billing setup, and experiment for yourself. You might even give them a call and ask a representative. Have fun and Happy Holidays!

    13. on 28 Feb 2008 at 11:34 pm Bob

      Jeff - Was wondering if you’ve come across anything similar for blackberries from verizon?

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