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Old 01-19-2010, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
Bert Hyman
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I'm looking for a relatively cheap handheld device with a Web browser
that can access the internet through WiFi. Being able to log on to
public hotspots and access WEP and WPA protected routers is essential.

I use T-Mobile pre-paid cell service, but don't want to pay the freight
for a contract which includes Web access through T-Mobile's network.

It looks like a USA-standards unlocked GSM phone, a GSM phone locked to
T-Mobile's USA network or a stand-alone PDA with the required Web & WiFi
support is what I'm looking for.

If non-GSM, non-T-Mobile phones will work in WiFi mode without
activation, I'm open to those too.

My first search led me to an unlocked Motorola ZN5 for $190, but I
couldn't find anything describing its ability to connect to hotspots or
protected networks.

Can anybody suggest devices & sources for something that would work?

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Old 01-19-2010, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In article <Xns9D056FDA0DA8CVeebleFetzer@216.250.188.140>,
Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote:

> Can anybody suggest devices & sources for something that would work?


iPod Touch?
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In news:018e42e8$0$11380$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com Warren Oates
<warren.oates@gmail.com> wrote:

> In article <Xns9D056FDA0DA8CVeebleFetzer@216.250.188.140>,
> Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote:
>
>> Can anybody suggest devices & sources for something that would work?

>
> iPod Touch?


I discounted that without checking because I thought it was too expensive,
but the 8GB is only $200 now.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for a relatively cheap handheld device with a Web browser
> that can access the internet through WiFi. Being able to log on to
> public hotspots and access WEP and WPA protected routers is essential.


Used iPhones or iPod Touch, or certain Blackberry models.

I know some folks with several... sometimes retiring them as music players
with no cellular.

The iPod Touch would be the most obvious, since it never did anything but
WiFi, and there wouldn't be any configuration problems. I don't know about
an iPhone without a cellular plan.

The BlackBerry expects to have WiFi authorized by a previous cellular
connection, but various postings indicate that it can be configured to
avoid that.

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Old 01-20-2010, 11:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Bert Hyman wrote:
> I'm looking for a relatively cheap handheld device with a Web browser
> that can access the internet through WiFi. Being able to log on to
> public hotspots and access WEP and WPA protected routers is essential.
>
> I use T-Mobile pre-paid cell service, but don't want to pay the freight
> for a contract which includes Web access through T-Mobile's network.
>
> It looks like a USA-standards unlocked GSM phone, a GSM phone locked to
> T-Mobile's USA network or a stand-alone PDA with the required Web & WiFi
> support is what I'm looking for.
>
> If non-GSM, non-T-Mobile phones will work in WiFi mode without
> activation, I'm open to those too.
>
> My first search led me to an unlocked Motorola ZN5 for $190, but I
> couldn't find anything describing its ability to connect to hotspots or
> protected networks.
>
> Can anybody suggest devices & sources for something that would work?
>

used k=mate phone or a new Lg Prado II ( I have one)
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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"atec 77" <"atec 77"@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:hj6n4q$ffg$1@news.eternal-september.org...
> Bert Hyman wrote:
>> I'm looking for a relatively cheap handheld device with a Web browser
>> that can access the internet through WiFi. Being able to log on to
>> public hotspots and access WEP and WPA protected routers is essential. I
>> use T-Mobile pre-paid cell service, but don't want to pay the freight
>> for a contract which includes Web access through T-Mobile's network. It
>> looks like a USA-standards unlocked GSM phone, a GSM phone locked to
>> T-Mobile's USA network or a stand-alone PDA with the required Web & WiFi
>> support is what I'm looking for. If non-GSM, non-T-Mobile phones will
>> work in WiFi mode without
>> activation, I'm open to those too. My first search led me to an unlocked
>> Motorola ZN5 for $190, but I
>> couldn't find anything describing its ability to connect to hotspots or
>> protected networks. Can anybody suggest devices & sources for something
>> that would work?
>>

> used k=mate phone or a new Lg Prado II ( I have one)




Why even consider a Phone? have you considered something like say the nokia
N800/N810 series tablets? or even the n900 mobile pocket computer?

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Old 01-23-2010, 10:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Meanwhile, at the alt.internet.wireless Job Justification Hearings, Peter
Pan chose the tried and tested strategy of:

> Why even consider a Phone? have you considered something like say the
> nokia N800/N810 series tablets? or even the n900 mobile pocket computer?


Whilst the N900 is the most computer-like phone I've seen [and that's a plus
in my opinion], it's a long way from being "relatively cheap".

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Old 01-23-2010, 05:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In news:LZCdnYrDaMCdE8fWnZ2dnUVZ_tudnZ2d@earthlink.co m "Peter Pan"
<NotDeadYetNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.Info> wrote:

> Why even consider a Phone?


Since I carry a phone anyway, it would be handy if I could combine both
functions into a single device.

> have you considered something like say the nokia N800/N810 series
> tablets?


Yes, and they really look neat. And not terribly expensive either.

> or even the n900 mobile pocket computer?


Now, that one does seem to be terribly expensive.

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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"Bert Hyman" <bert@iphouse.com> wrote in message
news:Xns9D0969F17767DVeebleFetzer@216.250.188.141. ..
> In news:LZCdnYrDaMCdE8fWnZ2dnUVZ_tudnZ2d@earthlink.co m "Peter Pan"
> <NotDeadYetNOSPAM@MarcAlanNOSPAM.Info> wrote:
>
>> Why even consider a Phone?

>
> Since I carry a phone anyway, it would be handy if I could combine both
> functions into a single device.
>
>> have you considered something like say the nokia N800/N810 series
>> tablets?

>
> Yes, and they really look neat. And not terribly expensive either.
>
>> or even the n900 mobile pocket computer?

>
> Now, that one does seem to be terribly expensive.
>
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> Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com


t
unfortunatly it is (expensive) i use the n800 (about $179 and skype, have
wifi at both home and work, cancelled my cellphone), however the initial q
was about
"I'm looking for a relatively cheap handheld device with a Web browser >>
that can access the internet through WiFi. Being able to log on to
>> public hotspots and access WEP and WPA protected routers is essential"

and the cheaper ones seem to fit that bill

however, since i wrote that i have been looking into one specific model of
iphone (there are 8 models, but this one can be used on wifi only with no
cell contract)
ipod 8gb touch $183 at walmart!
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=12510109

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Old 02-15-2010, 10:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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dold@39.usenet.us.com wrote:
> The BlackBerry expects to have WiFi authorized by a previous cellular
> connection, but various postings indicate that it can be configured to
> avoid that.


I happened to have a test case appear.
A brand new Blackberry Bold 9000, from AT&T.
No SIM, no activation of any sort, was able to connect and surf via WiFi.
The little "WiFi" indicator stayed dim, didn't go bright like it normally
does with a data plan enabled SIM inserted.

With a previously enabled SIM/cellular based BIS authorization, the same
thing works... you can surf, but you have to select the "HotSpot Browser"
in the browser options screen.

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