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EVDO as broadband

I was just reading dpeltz's post about the sling player on say, a Treo.

If you live in a rural area that might support EVDO but not yet have broadband, would it be possible/practical to use your Treo or other EVDO enabled device as your broadband carrier?

If it's $30 per month for unlimited access, that's cheaper than what I pay with Comcast. What's to keep me using my phone as the hub for my broadband network. Anything? A co-worker mentioned this before but I wasn't sure I believed him.

-Kevin S.

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Unlimited, in the UK atleast, with telcos means with fair usagge policy - be careful!

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evdo for broadband...

Yeah you cando that.a mobile phones set up as a modem. EV-DO is dependant on signal and number of people on the network so it probably wont be as dependable as comcast (in terms of speed) but you would have access to the internet.

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Not According to the Term of Service

It is technically possible, but just about every provider sells that $30 unlimited plan for use only on the device (Treo, Windows Mobile, etc). If you want something to use with your computer you'll pay upwards on $60 a month and get a PC Card. If your computer doesn't have a PC Card slot check a little ways back in the forum for a thread on a box that is an EVDO to WiFi router.

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Unlimited bandwidth and the fine print

I generally agree with Tom and the other members of Buzz Town on most topics, but I remember that when he was talking about a Bell Mobility customer using his phone as a modem on an unlimited plan, he was okay with the fact that the user received a $85K phone bill....granted , this user downloaded a bunch of high def videos and other large files, but if Bell Mobility (or whatever other carrier) doesn't have it in their fine print or at least semi-prominent, by no means should they be faced with outrageous charges....

I had a similar idea to do this in the US with Sprint or Verizon but they've since changed their agreements so that if an unusually high amount of bandwidth is taken up by a single user, they cap you at 128K mbps....the trouble is, that 'unusually high' number, is not a number - its just an arbitrary figure and is not spelled out by the carriers....most likely, your average user still won't have a problem with using their bandwidth for their home computers, but why should we be forced to pay two bills for what is essentially the same service, whether on a mobile phone or at home....

Sprint was supposed to be offering a EVDO router but I'm not sure what happened to those efforts....

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