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Topic # 99036 11-Mar-2012 15:53 Send private message

Not sure if this should go here, or in the Symbian or 2degrees forum but here goes :)

My other half is spending more on her PAYG 2degrees mobile plus her 2degrees broadband stick than she wants. I think a good solution is to switch her mobile onto a 2degrees $39/month plan, which comes with 1gb free data, dump the broadband stick, and then use her phone as a wireless hotspot when she needs to use the web when travelling. This will require an update of her phone to one that has wifi. Her requirement for a new phone is only that (a) its easy to use and (b) has good battery life. She uses the phone only to make phone calls.

There are several options;

1. Use the free Huwai u8150 that comes with the $39 plan to replace her phone. It seems its Android Froyo has the wifi hotspot feature built in.

2. Buy a better simple Android phone, say the Samsung S5360, which also has the hotspot ability and a longer battery life.

3. Buy a simple long-life Nokia, say the E52, and use Joikusoft wifi app on it (have used before, works well)

I am a long term Nokia/Symbian fan, but suspect it might make more sense to use a phone with the necessary app built in, rather than a 3rd party one. No (cheap) Nokia has the wifi hotspot feature yet.

All advice (about which phone to choose or if this is even a good idea) appreciated.

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  Reply # 593612 11-Mar-2012 16:58 Send private message

Perfectly good option, what I've done for a long time.

Which devices will she be using with the shared connection? If it's a laptop and will often be used whilst plugged in then the Android phones have USB tether, which means the phone can charged whilst sharing it's connection and reduce the problem of battery life (otherwise extended batteries or portable chargers are an option for extending battery life).

Used to use Joikuspot on my Nokia's (that's going back a ways now), never found it even remotely as good as the tethering in Android (drop-outs being the main problem, may well have improved since I last used it of course).

If the phone is really only going to see use for making phone calls then no need to spend more for a better phone if the free one has tethering.




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  Reply # 593619 11-Mar-2012 17:08 Send private message

HTC Radar. It's running Windows Phone OS which is super easy to use and this model has tethering built in. Battery life is also great. Works on both Vodafone and 2Degrees.

http://www.parallelimported.co.nz/htc-radar-white-mobile-phone.html






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  Reply # 593621 11-Mar-2012 17:12 Send private message

Thanks for the confirmation. We had thought that the wifi hotspot feature might run down the battery quickly, but its only used indoors so that was not an issue. Of course, using the USB tether feather is even better, two birds/one stone.

I have narrowed the choice down to a Nokia 500 + Joikuspot or the Samsung Y S5360. I generally have been disappointed with non-Nokia phones in the past and one manufacturer makes life easier with chargers, car chargers across various vehicles and suchlike.

But anyway, thanks for confirming that the idea is a go-er. Appreciated.



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  Reply # 593624 11-Mar-2012 17:17 Send private message

Thanks for the HTC Radar suggestion, but its a lot more expensive than the models I have already mentioned. No doubt it has more features for that reason, but they wont be needed.

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  Reply # 594038 12-Mar-2012 12:07 Send private message

the u8150 does wifi hotspot just fine, it also does usb teethering (uses less batteries, so that is probably a better option as the phone will charge from the laptop at the same time as providing internet).

The u8150 is quite a slow phone with a tiny screen, your GF will find it difficult to txt bc of the tiny keyboard and it can be a bit unresponsive at times due to the slow cpu, I'd recommend the Huawei X5, shouldnt cost much more for huge improvement in size and speed.




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  Reply # 594089 12-Mar-2012 12:52

I would have to say that having migrated to a smart phone (from a very dumb one) that its really handy having the wifi hotspot facility if you need it.

I would say though for the record - Be careful that you dont get a screen thats too small. I got a Samsung Galaxy Ace after investigating - thats a 3.5" screen (same as iphone). Pretty happy with it.

The biggest complaint I have heard from people with (usually cheaper) android phones is that the small screens can make for an annoying user experience. Heard this on quite a few occasions. I dont have particularly large fingers but wouldnt want a small keyboard. Also - how good are your eyes?

Personally I like the feel of the gorilla glass screen as well - but I guess there are advantages with plastic. Just dont be tempted to go too small.




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  Reply # 594948 14-Mar-2012 09:31 Send private message

Thanks for the suggestions and advice, greatly appreciated. To close off this post I decided to go for a Nokia C5-03 Symbian phone. I was very tempted by the basic Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 Android phone but the familiarity of Nokia won out. As I wrote above we have a bunch of Nokia chargers and car leads etc already and common phones makes life easy. I have used Symbian for a long time and am comfortable with it.

The built-in wifi hotspot feature of Android certainly won over the 3rd party one for Nokia (why don't Nokia include it??) but as I learned thru this forum USB tethering is a better way to go. Nokia provide clear instructions for that on the Mac so I am confident of having two connection alternatives, won't be stuck if the Joiku hotspot app falls over. 

The C5-03 is a basic phone but should do everything we need. Battery life is not as good as on the Samsung but at least I won't have to learn to speak Android :)

Thx again to all for the help. N

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  Reply # 595459 15-Mar-2012 08:48 One person supports this post Send private message

nickb99:  This will require an update of her phone to one that has wifi. Her requirement for a new phone is only that (a) its easy to use and (b) has good battery life. She uses the phone only to make phone calls.


Don't worry about the battery. Take the phone's charger on trips...and buy a $30 1500mah "power bank" the size of a credit card to top up the battery about about 60% if it runs low.

No use having a smart phone you don't dare use because it will eat battery. They all eat battery if you use them. Just give them more power (portable or plugged in)....problem solved. 

I carry two powerbanks with me all the time. One is a wee credit card unit as above...and the other is a Belkin unit the size of the palm of my hand that can provide two FULL phone charges charges from 2% to 100%....with juice left over. I just connect one to the microUSB slot the phone as I walk around...with each part in an adjacent pocket. 

I do understand that women INSIST on wearing clothes that do not support the activities they MUST perform in a day....usually with no pockets at all....but that's their funeral. 

 




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