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PDA Phone Example 1 – Connect to the Internet

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jun 11 2007 10:58 pm

With the iPhone coming out in a couple weeks, I thought it would be a good time to go through some examples of what a PDA phone can do. The iPhone is a PDA phone, but is one of the first without Window’s Mobile. Can the iPhone do everything listed in the PDA phone applications list? Until it’s released, we can only speculate. For now, I’m going to use my xv6700 to go through the full list.

Number 1 – Internet Access

For all of you who are addicted to the internet, the PDA phone is a perfect way to have constant access. Whether you’re at a relative’s house, on a subway, or anywhere away from home, the PDA phone can access the internet in a multitude of ways.

It was only a few years ago where phones were limited to download speeds of 144kb/s. The 1xRTT download speeds have evolved to high speed services such as EV-DO and WiMAX. The maximum downloads speeds for EV-DO is 2.4 Mbit/s with Rev. 0 and up to 3.1 Mbit/s with Rev. A. You’re basically able to get cable modem speeds on your phone, which opens up application such as streaming audio/video and web browsing.

Some PDA phones come with built-in Wi-Fi, which is the fastest and cheapest way to access the internet. You’ll save $40/month that wireless carriers charge for high speed plans, but you’ll be limited to the sporadic Wi-Fi locations.

The xv6700 has both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and EV-DO capabilities. Verizon is my wireless carrier, and they charge $45/month for EV-DO access. That’s a little too steep of a price for me, but competition should be bringing that price down soon. Until then, I’ll keep searching for Wi-Fi spots.

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