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Old 02-19-2008, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone use this software? Its called "pulse".I found it on Pinstack.com. From what I was reading it takes the place of having to pay monthly charges to your carrier to use your phone as a modem. This is suppose to give your phone the capability of giving internet access to a pc/laptop without the the monthly subscription. If i'm reading this wrong please correct me. Anyone have experience with this?


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Old 02-19-2008, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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"Takes the place of having to pay" . . . There's a euphemism.
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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basically if you get caught you will be hit with a HUGE bill by sprint and quite possibly dropped from their services.
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Ohhhh. I knew it sounded to good to be true. I'm surprised its being sold on an open site like pinstack. You figure it would be downlow somewhere just like P2P stuff.
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around here the only response you are going to get about that site is:

consider the source
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Assuming this is the product, and sounds like it is, this is from the company's website:

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General Questions What is Pulse?Pulse is a Dialup Networking Service for the RIM Blackberry that uses Bluetooth to communicate with contemporary Power and Intel based Apple computers. Pulse was the recent winning entry of Alex King's Tethered Blackberry Modem bounty. The product is under development and is slated for release in mid-November. An updated version of Alex's FAQ appears below. Does it give you a direct connection to the internet?Like other mobile apps like Verichat, this will use a proxy server. The proxy server will be open source and will be downloadable from our website. Customers that are not interested in providing their own proxy service can subscribe to an extremely low cost proxy service through our exclusive partners at Austin Web Development.
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...it takes the place of having to pay monthly charges to your carrier to use your phone as a modem....
Pulse uses a Bluetooth Dial-up connection between your device and a PC/Mac for Internet access. Pulse will route your Internet connection through a proxy server that either you or they control. The big question is "how does this traffic appear to your carrier"?

After skimming some of the documentation it sounds like the Pulse solution may look to your carrier like normal handheld data traffic rather than "tethered" data traffic; however, there's no way to be sure and the data volumes may raise some red flags.

If you're going to try this solution it may be advisable to use it sparingly in testing to see how it affects your monthly data consumption and your monthly bill.

This reminds me of SharkModem that was popular back when tethering was not offered by many carriers.

More information about Pulse can be found here: http://brainmurmurs.com/products/pulse/FAQ.php
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Well its kind of sketchy now. I just thought it sounded like a good idea. I'm not about to get myself in trouble with my carrier.
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its much better to just pay the extra $15 if you want to tether. i use my tethering all the time over EVDO, never have to pay for wifi in any airport while i am on a layover
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Well its kind of sketchy now. ... I'm not about to get myself in trouble with my carrier.
I don't think you need to worry about getting into trouble with your carrier. They'll just bill you according to your data usage as prescribed in your service agreement. I do agree with Sith, however, that it's easier to use the tethering solution that's approved and tested by your provider. Pulse was built to bridge a gap that no longer exists and is, in my opinion, no longer necessary ... but not sketchy.
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its much better to just pay the extra $15 if you want to tether. i use my tethering all the time over EVDO, never have to pay for wifi in any airport while i am on a layover
Isn't wifi usually free at airports? I know LAX and Vegas I was able to get on wifi for free. Its quite amusing to be able to surf the net while in the car as well.
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nearly every east coast airport ive been to charges either $5 per hour or $15 for the day. if by chance they do have free wifi, its not in most places just the main gathering points (usually around food establishments) traveling from airport to airport its very annoying having to pay
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In your situation that yes it is a better deal to get it from your carrier. I've been hearing alot about cities becoming completely wifi. The closest one to me I believe is san francisco but never tried it out. I wonder if paying for wifi will be obsolete in the near future.
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Not sure who your carrier is, but I use Sprint's phone as modem on my BB, and it is included with the unlimited BB plan.


Even if you are with Verizon, it is worth the extra 15 bucks.
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I'm puzzled. When I started my Sprint BB account a year ago, it was $40 for voice, and $40 more for BB, which included BES, infinite data, messaging and unlimited tethering, and the agent even volunteered to tell me how to create a hotspot with my ibook so as to let more computers share the tethering.

Has this changed?

It is my Cingular account that wants to nickle and dime me to death even down to charging me more or less depending on what kind of computer i tether.

As for Pulse, I am reading this thread because I am once again trying to get it to work with my ibook and 8703e. To date I know of no other way to tether these two. Are there other solutions? I know about iMobimac which still seems to be struggling through Beta and as yet won't give out a full functioning solution. But I know of no other way. Please enlighten me.

I can get Pulse to work using the $5/month proxy server. But I cannot yet get a stable connection, one that doesn't eventually hang up or simply stop receiving incoming data. And There seems to be little in the way of instruction. And even when it does work, I am only getting 50kbps.
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I ran across Pulse the other day. Does the normal tethering method allow you to do so via Bluetooth? That seems to be the big selling point of Pulse, and something I would be interested in (if I ever decided I needed tethering).
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