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Old 05-03-2009, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the Storm 9530. I want to use it as a tethered modem. However, when I'm tethered I'm concerned about being cut off the internet if a call comes in. Does this happen? With the kind of work I need to do I can't lose my connection midway. If it does, is there a way to disable just the phone when I'm using the phone as a modem?

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No, it does not cut you off. All calls will go to voicemail.

Have you already purchased TetherBerry or subscribed to Verizon's tethering plan?
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Ummm, sorry. Thanks for playing.

Yes, your data connection will be suspended when you receive a voice call - assuming you're using an EVDO connection through Verizon, anyway. If the voice call lasts less than 20 minutes, your data connection will resume automatically when you hang up. If you just click Ignore when the voice call comes in, the only thing you might notice on your Internet connection is if you're streaming audio or video, it might pause and do the "buffering" thing for a few seconds before it continues.
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Ummm, sorry. Thanks for playing.

Yes, your data connection will be suspended when you receive a voice call - assuming you're using an EVDO connection through Verizon, anyway. If the voice call lasts less than 20 minutes, your data connection will resume automatically when you hang up. If you just click Ignore when the voice call comes in, the only thing you might notice on your Internet connection is if you're streaming audio or video, it might pause and do the "buffering" thing for a few seconds before it continues.
Interesting. It didn't work that way on Sprint EVDO.
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Actually, that's how EVDO works. Period. Unless you have two separate transceivers in your device (i.e. 2 phone numbers), if you get a voice call, the Internet connection will be interrupted until your voice call ends.
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Actually, that's how EVDO works. Period. Unless you have two separate transceivers in your device (i.e. 2 phone numbers), if you get a voice call, the Internet connection will be interrupted until your voice call ends.
That's fantastic. It didn't work that way for me on Sprint, and doesn't work that way for me on GSM. If I opened a constant data connection (e.g. tethering), I did not receive calls until I disconnected that connection.
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Sorry. I misspoke. My point was that you can't have voice and data simultaneously with EVDO. I don't see any reason why any EVDO phone couldn't work the way you describe (i.e. reject a voice call, if you are in Modem Mode). That shouldn't be any different, conceptually, than choosing to use Call Waiting versus automatic Call Forwarding.
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I was just browsing the Telus TOS and I couldnt find anything against tethering. Based on their TOC I take it that if you tether within reason and stay within a reasonable data usage that this should be ok. This is the closest I could find on their site here:

Service terms & conditions¬x|¬x TELUS Mobility

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"You will use the service in compliance with law and with service rules adopted by TELUS from time to time, including safe driving and health and safety guidelines. You will use the service for customary voice, messaging and wireless Internet data purposes only. You will not use the service for: multi-media streaming; voice over Internet protocol; or any other application which uses excessive network capacity or may otherwise adversely impact other users, that is not made available to you by TELUS. You will not resell the service to any other person. You will not abuse any flat rate or unlimited use service plan offered by TELUS. You will not use the service to operate an e-mail, web, news or other similar service. You will not use the service to transmit or send any annoying, inappropriate, improper, excessive, threatening or obscene material or to otherwise harass, offend, threaten, embarrass, distress or invade the privacy of any individual or entity. You will not engage in any activity that could compromise the security of or disrupt or interfere with the service or any network or computers on the Internet or disrupt or interfere with the services of any Internet access provider. You will use only authorized equipment on the service. You will not (and will not permit anyone other than a TELUS authorized person to) reproduce, alter, adjust, repair or tamper with any signaling, identification (including the MIN, ESN, MEID, IMEI, IMSI, and other numbers) or transmission function or component of any phone used on the service. The service will use certain network and other facilities. The area in which TELUS provides the service may be enlarged or reduced in scope from time to time in TELUS' sole discretion."
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Default I'm having a lot of trouble trying to tether at all

I'm using windows vista and I have been trying to use my phone as a modem. I have done almost everything I possibly could looking at different forums and videos and I just can't seem to connect. Any advice?
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you need the tethering plan. I think you can do it without but you need some software like tetherberry to do so. I just paid the 15 bucks per month for tethering add on. And you can download the VZ access software from verizon. should just be set-up and your on.
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you need the tethering plan. I think you can do it without but you need some software like tetherberry to do so. I just paid the 15 bucks per month for tethering add on. And you can download the VZ access software from verizon. should just be set-up and your on.
And you can download/install the VZ access software without adding the $15/month tethering plan and it should work, but adding the plan hedges you against VZW finding out you're tethering and possibly charging you for "excessive data".

To the original point, on VZW all calls come through while tethered and connected and these calls do, if answered, suspend your data connection.
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When you are tethered and you get a call, the internet connection is put "on hold", and will resume when you hang up. The remote side does not see it as being disconnected, and will not time-out. Someone above posted about a 20 minute limit, I haven't staying on the phone that long while tethered.

You will not recieve e-mails on your blackberry or any other data updates while tethered, but text messages will come in. Once you disconnect, all data is synced with the servers.
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And you can download/install the VZ access software without adding the $15/month tethering plan and it should work, but adding the plan hedges you against VZW finding out you're tethering and possibly charging you for "excessive data".
Nope. If you try to use dial-up tethering (which, by the way, you do NOT need the VZ Access software for), it will not work unless you have the $15/month tethering option on your VZW account. Without that, when you dial #777 (whether you're using the VZ Access software or regular Windows Dial-up Networking to do it), you will not get a connection.

However, you CAN use Tetherberry just fine without paying the VZW monthly tethering fee. TB works better in a lot of ways than Dial-up tethering, but, if you're not paying VZW for tethering, then, technically, using TB is a violation of your VZW Terms of Use. And, TB is definitely slower than using dial-up networking. My benchmarks have found TB to be around 800 Kbps, and dial-up to be around 1.5 Mbps, comparing speed tests to the same server, done back-to-back, within a minute, multiple times, with the phone in the same physical location.
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