The Undead Zone

Volume 6, Issue 105; 04 Nov 2003

GSM after all.

Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.

Fran Lebowitz

Still looking for a GSM phone, I thought I’d ping the AT&T Wireless website again, to make sure I still couldn’t get service, as I’d been told last time I checked, then call to find out why not. After all, I know there’s a GSM antenna around here.

A lot can change in two months, I guess, because now I can get service. Since there aren’t any GSM alternatives out here, I went ahead and got a new mobile from AT&T.

I chose the Nokia 3650 this time because I wanted an international phone and the promotional offer was attractive. Besides, I wanted to have a second Bluetooth device in the house.

With an hour or so of experience under my belt, Bluetooth seems pretty cool. My existing Bluetooth device (a Palm Tungsten|T) can talk to the phone, which is cool in it’s own right, and use the phone’s GPRS service to surf the web.

So I got what I wanted, web surfing from my mobile, for a lot less than it would have cost to replace the Palm with a unified device like the Palm Tungsten|W or the Treo. For whatever reason the Treo wasn’t offered under AT&T GSM and the Tungsten|W, cool though it may be, was way more than I was willing to invest.

The 3650 is a little larger than I would have called ideal, especially since it doesn’t replace my Palm, but I think it’ll work. I have thirty days to decide.


I just got a Sprint Treo 600 CDMA unit. Previous unit is a Sprint T300 CDMA. T600 blows it away. Went CDMA for my stateside phone cuz of the deployed bandwidth (~ >100 kbps for data connectivity). T300 is only single-band. T600 is dual. That was my prime motivation for upgrading, but after doing so, the processor speedup on the T600 (5x the T300) makes everything work so much better, specially web browsing, that it's worth it from that perspective (to me anyway).

ATTW may not list the T600 GSM unit yet cuz there apparently are delays with it. Dunno what 'zactly. It will be quad-band. There's rumors that the Cingular unit is not sim-locked fwiw. Dunno whether the ATTW one will be or not. If I do much internat travel in futgure, I may need to get one of these too.

bottom line is that having phone + palm converged is way nice, for me anyway.


—Posted by Jeff Hodges on 05 Nov 2003 @ 03:47 UTC #


I have almost the same configuration here, Laptop running Linux, Palm M505 and the Nokia 3650.

What I love most is that all of them work together rather nicely. I can send any appointment/event from my Palm and it gets nicely into the Nokia and reverse, same is true for addresses and memo, for some reason the todo's don't work. Even more, using irobex_palm3 my Linux can join all of this through IRDA just send a vcf file to the phone and there it is your appointment, or picture and so on.

So it happens that today I even managed to do get on the net using GPRS from the Nokia 3650 and my Linux laptop thwough IRDA, and it works perfectly as a matter of facts that's how I'm posting this :)

For the curious here is the connection script I used: [Modem0]

Modem= /dev/ircomm0

Baud = 115200

Stupid Mode = 0

Init1 = ATZ

Init2 =AT+CGDCONT=1,"ip","internet","",0,0

Dial Command = ATDT

Auto DNS = on

Idle Seconds = 0

[Dialer orange]

Username = speed

Password = internet

Phone = *99***1#

Inherits = Modem0

The username and password is not important in my case, the Init2 line might not be needed as I think it has to do with my provider. The number called is standard except for the one where it should be the number of the wanted GPRS configuration settings for the phone.

—Posted by Remus Pereni on 09 Nov 2003 @ 05:13 UTC #