Bluetooth Internet Access with the Motorola v710 #

Even though I have been disappointed with my v710's crippling by Verizon, it should still make an acceptable internet connection platform. Verizon has a 1xRTT network with coverage in most interesting places. A bit of searching turned up these instructions on using the v710 as a Bluetooth Modem with Mac OS X. They work pretty much as advertised, with the only caveat being that the connection can be dropped occasionally. I initially thought this was due to some limiting by Verizon, but it doesn't seem to be dependent on the amount of data transferred or frequency of access.

My experiences, performance-wise, seem to mirror everybody else's - faster than a 56K modem, but with worse latency. As an example of the latter, compare these two ping statistics (to

v710 via Verizon 1xRTT:
  round-trip min/avg/max = 344.774/457.334/589.046 ms
TimeWarner Cable:
  round-trip min/avg/max = 11.13/16.128/32.77 ms

Speed seemed to vary based on signal intensity. A speed test reported 62 kbps down and 46 kbps up, but I could get the sustained transfer rate to vary between 144 kbps and 40 kpbs depending on where I placed my phone. Burstiness was also an issue, even when holding the phone still. In general this is better than my experiences with T-Mobile's GPRS network, though we'll have to see how much this ends up costing me.

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What most people don't seem to know is that you can use the v710 as a modem with the supplied cable and the VZAcess software that comes with the 710. I connect it to my laptop anywhere I have a signal, and in a few seconds I am on the net. After buying a Razr I found out that the $5 per month access plan wasn't available for any new phones. You had to purchase the $59 month broadband plan to access the internet with the Razr, and the razr cannot be used as a modem. So I gave my son the Razr and took back my 710 with the $5 plan. I was told by the Verizon rep that the $5 plan is no longer available but those who have it so far can keep it. So I will keep buying 710's on egay as until they tell me that I can't have the $5 plan anymore. I have searched all over the net for information on this but can only find stuff related to using bluetooth/modem stuff. No one seems to know about this other option.

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