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Wannabe Geek

#175 25-Apr-2003 13:52
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Good morning fellow wireless users,

I have been using a T65 for GPRS and dialup connections for about a year and have been very happy with its performance.

I live a mobile lifestyle (mobile home) and use the phone extensively to connect to various private networks (using its built in modem) as part of my employment. Its not too bad at it either I get 9k6 or 14k4 connecting this way which are very usable for the things I have to do. Even run a Citrix client over it (14k4 is best for that) - its slow but when there are no other options it gets the job done.

However its does have one problem that restricts my use of it, is the builtin modem does not respect the comma "," seperator in the dial string, making it imposible to dial a public number then to connect to a extension inside that number.

I'm keen to buy a new handset that respects the comma sperator and am interested in any advice other may have to offer in the choice of one. Besides a new Vodafone, I am also looking at moving to Telecoms CDMA network, but it seems little is to be gained either costwise or speed wise by doing that.

Speaking of GPRS usage, I surf with pictures off, its cheaper and faster, can't seem to find the submit button...


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#211 25-Apr-2003 17:06
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Interesting post, darat, thanks...

One question, though: if you're using GPRS, you should be getting around 46kbps on the Vodafone network. If you're only getting 14.4kbps or 9.6kbps than you're using CSD.

To confirm you're using GPRS, on the Vodafone network you should be dialling *99# or *99***1#. If you're dialling a number that is not one of these, then it's not GPRS. If this is the case, moving to CDMA would not give you any better performance!

I suspect this is the case because you asked about "," in a dial string. I know some mobile phones use P to indicate pause in their phonebooks. This is to allow people to speed dial into calling cards. Perhaps you could try this?



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Wannabe Geek

  #212 25-Apr-2003 17:40
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Yip thats right thats what I get, GPRS at 46k, dialups at 9k6 or 14k4 depending on the area.

Vodafones CSD (or whatever its called) is a interestering beast, they quote 45c / min peak and 35c off peak (or it may be 35c and 25c respectivly), but I've noticed that if I dial xtras 087 number its way cheaper, sometimes Ive been connected for 5 to 10 mins for no (or very little) cost, I like that.

Had to do that after xtra blocked pop3 server access to external nets, only way to get my mail, and the nerds at xtra said use our webmail, no future in that.

Mauricio, I first noticed a posting by u in nz.comp, it was that that prompted me to this site.
Cool site that u admin, thank you.

Ah the challanges of living on the end of a mobile phone. I am very happy with the services Vodafone supply, the cost is high, very high, however thats the cost of being on the front end of something like this, I imagine that as time goes on costs will decrease or bandwidth will get better for the same cost, and it has ment I can make a living and be on the road.

I think I've done some pretty cool work in some pretty weird places (and wonderful) places because of it (wireless technology).

Same AT manual for the T68c that I noticed u mention, indicates the comma is ignored in the dial string for a modem terminated call, believe me I have tried many work arounds, its just for work, cant access the nets I need to from the internet, gota dial them up.

So still on the look out for a GPS phone that will allow me, I will go shopping next time I am in a city I think.

Do u agree with my comment that there is verl little difference between (effective) connect speeds for GPRS and Telecoms CDMA (or the mobile jet stream or whatever it is). Just seems that way from comments I have read?

Cheers to all u geeks out there.


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  #2647 7-Jan-2004 08:44
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To confirm you're using GPRS, on the Vodafone network you should be dialling *99# or *99***1#.

ALSO FYI: Keep in mind that the 1# can also be 2 or 3- depends on the phone/service. Took me a while to fig that out.

Hope this helps some.

I USE A SE t616 and an iPAQ 5555 on CINGULAR's GPRS network and LOVE IT!


[If anyone wants a guide on how to setup a T616 w/an iPAQ 5555, e-mail me ( and I will send you the guide.]


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