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Topic # 56953 29-Jan-2010 16:41
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Hi all,

I'm thinking about buying an HTC Magic phone - seems that new ones are going for around $500 on TradeMe right now - which in my mind is a reasonable price to pay for good smart phone.
(I like to buy things at the sweet-spot of price - value - performance which is a little behind bleeding edge :) )

Anyways, I thought it would add to the justification for buying the HTCMagic if I could also use it as a data modem to connect my laptop to the internet when I'm out of town. 

Steve Biddle told me that he uses an app called Joiku Spot on his Nokia that turns his phone into a WiFi AP - which would be a cool way to do it. But when I looked that app up, it wasn't supported on Android.

Anyone know what apps I could use on an HTC Magic to provide internet connectivity for a laptop?

kind regards Andrew TD

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  Reply # 294661 30-Jan-2010 16:41
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Hi Andrew, I think this is what you are after.


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  Reply # 295168 1-Feb-2010 13:41
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and PdaNet from junefabrics - I use it...

Cheers, Stevo


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  Reply # 295169 1-Feb-2010 13:42
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There's also a free version of the PdaNet app available in the app market, with limited functionality...

Cheers, Stevo

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  Reply # 295173 1-Feb-2010 13:55
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Thanks for the suggestions Cyril & Stevo. Now I just need to spend money getting my leaking roof repaired/replaced (have to do that before I can justify spending money on a new phone that will really just be a "nice to have" :)
This is the investigative phase - figuring out what new phone will I get. I wanted to be sure the HTC Magic could be a data modem for my laptop before I settled on it - which you guys have confirmed it can.

kind regards Andrew TD

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  Reply # 295214 1-Feb-2010 16:28
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These are two good options. PDANet costs a few dollars but you don't need to get root access to your phone.

On the other hand, if you do root your phone - usually very easy to do once you overcome 'The FEAR(tm)' -  you get wifi tethering for free via the "Wifi Tether for Root Users" app.

I split the difference and bought Tetherwifi......which requires root, but it's more reliable - in my experience - than the free one (which seems to require a phone re-start to get it going again if / when it loses the plot). Tetherwifi has worked perfectly on every version of Android I've tried it on - most recently v2.1 today. It uses MAC filtering for security. I've had as many as 4 devices connected simultaneously when Telecom plugged our phone line into the wrong interface card at 10:30pm on a Friday night - killing our DSL. They fixed it 3 days later and we used the wifi on the phone for those 3 days. It was as good as the DSL for all practical purposes.    

I haven't tried PDANet but have heard only good things about it. I should do something about that. :-)  

The modded ROMs also usually provide for USB tethering if wifi tethering isn't included. 

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