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Old 06-25-2005, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have searched and I didn't see this posted anywhere. I have read the post talking about using your BB as a modem by taking the SIM out and putting it into a falcon or condor phone.

I was wondering if it would work the same way for the im240 card thats out now for Nextel. Any ideas?

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Default Will let you know tomorrow!

I actually ordered an iM240 PC card. It just arrived today. I won't be able to play with it until tomorrow though, so I will report back tomorrow with results.
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This is very interesting. We have a lot of 75xx users with laptops heere that I'm sure would love to try this.

http://www.nextel.com/en/solutions/w...ms/im240.shtml

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$199.99 with a l-year agreement
$149.99 with a 2-year agreement
Promotional Offer: Get a $50 invoice credit (net $99.99) when you buy the Unlimited PC Access with WiFi HotSpots Package (2-year agreement required).

"Get online easily from anywhere. Remotely surf the web or access your corporate Intranet, email, and attachments at raw speeds of 20-40 kbps" :(


I guess someone will have to figure a way to get the card without activating. Time to keep an eye on E-bay I guess.
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my boss bought one for one of my supers today if it works good he will get us all one
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Default Good News!!! It Works!!!!

Okay, so I got my iM240 PC card today, and I have to say, I AM IMPRESSED!!!!

Very clean package. Includes the card, 2 antennas for the card, and and install CD. I ran the install CD per the instructions, and then popped my blackberry SIM in to the card. The card detected, and fired right up!!!!

So, for the real testing ... The downfall of using a i730 with internet, is that you are only able to get 19.2K speeds locked on that thing. It really blows. With the PC Card, is sets the port at 115.2K.

I visited DSL reports, and ran a couple of tests, I got the following results ...

TEST1: 48k DOWN / 35k UP

TEST2: 42k DOWN / 29k UP

This is MUCH better than trying to use a i730 with your PC. Not to mention the signal strength was MUCH better on the iM240.

Only downside is there is latency. Average of about 400-500ms. Similar to using those Satellite internet services like StarBand and DirectWay.

Conclusion: I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE BEST SHORT TERM SOLUTION TO USING A BLACKBERRY WITH A LAPTOP!!!



Now, to address the question people had in terms of how to get the package ... Here is what I did ... I called Nextel, and told them I wanted to order one of these units at $299.00 with no contract. Reason of course is, I wanted the unit with no service, so I could just use with my blackberry. They told me they can't do that. They said they either need to sell it with service, or you need to swap it for one of your phones on your account. Well, we have a bunch of lines, so I ordered it as a swap for one of our other phones that isn't that important. I got it at the $149.00 price. The funny thing is, when you order a phone as a replacement upgrade, they don't turn off the old phone. When you get then new one, you have to call customer service to "complete the swap". It is my hope that they have now sold me this modem as a "phone swap" and they won't bother me. I guess only time will tell. But, all I can tell you right now is I got it at the $149.00 price, my old phone still works, and I can take the sim from my blackberry, pop it in here, and the thing works like a champ!
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