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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-16-2009, 04:36 AM

Another option if you have a smartphone (Nokia, WinMo, Blackberry) and built-in wifi is to get a software package that allows you to use your phone as a wifi hotspot. That's what I do because then I can be online with my mini and my iPod touch.
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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-16-2009, 06:33 PM

Does anyone know if you still get the same upload/download speeds of you're tethered with BT vs. USB? I connected to my moto Q using pdanet & USB but I'd love to upgrade my mini to BT if it won't compromise my already slowish internet speed.
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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-16-2009, 06:54 PM

BT will almost always be slower. But it is convenient if you get it working.


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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-16-2009, 07:30 PM

I have a Samsung ACE running Windows Mobile 6.1 and a Sprint "SERO" account that includes unlimited data.

I'll pair it up with my Mini's BT and see if I can successfully tether.

From what I recall, at the Sprint Users forum, I will need to do some minor hacking to bypass Sprint's tether lock (they really want to sell you a "phone-as-a-modem" add-on for more $$$/month).

Will report my results here along with step-by-step, if I am successful.


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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-16-2009, 07:54 PM

OK, did some digging.

Following the steps outlined here, I was able to bypass the Sprint tether lock and tether my Samsung ACE to my laptop here at work using my USB sync cable and got a respectable 710kbps/down* and 130kbps/up according to the Speedtest at Speakeasy.net.

*My cell phone was reporting all 5 bars signal strength.

Will pair my Samsung ACE with my Mini via Bluetooth when I get home and run another speed test then.


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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-17-2009, 03:52 PM

it's quite easy here in the UK.

make sure you have BT switched on both on the mini and phone, go into BT screen on mini and search for device/pair your phone with the mini.

There is then a dial/net option when you right click on your phone on the mini's BT screen.

enter *99*# as the dial number and it should connect.

However I do understand in the states dependant on your cellular provider they sometimes discable BT or lock it down for handsfree use only, which is a bit rubbish of them to be polite.
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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-17-2009, 05:59 PM

I have an unlimited data plan with AT&T,and my phone is a crappy old Sony Erriccson W580. However, bluetooth tethering was not hard to setup or use, and works pretty good. Browsing is kinda slow, but who can argue the point you can take your mini anywhere and use the internet where u get cell service?


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Default Re: Bluetooth and internet surfing - 02-19-2009, 05:30 PM

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OK, did some digging.

Following the steps outlined here, I was able to bypass the Sprint tether lock and tether my Samsung ACE to my laptop here at work using my USB sync cable and got a respectable 710kbps/down* and 130kbps/up according to the Speedtest at Speakeasy.net.

*My cell phone was reporting all 5 bars signal strength.

Will pair my Samsung ACE with my Mini via Bluetooth when I get home and run another speed test then.
Just ran the Speedtest again with the Mini 9 tethered to my Sprint Samsung ACE via Bluetooth. I selected the Los Angeles, CA server (I am in San Diego, CA). Here are the results:

First test:
493kbps down (61.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
119kbps up (14.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

Second test:
482kbps down (60.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
130kbps up (16.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

Third test:
487kbps down (60.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
122kbps up (15.3 KB/sec transfer rate)


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