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Thinking of buying PdaNet?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by Natey2, Dec 31, 2010.

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    I was thinking of buying PdaNet to tether my non-rooted DroidX, until I ran into:

    Susteen Datapilot Tether: Tether Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile smart phone

    FRYS.com*|*SUSTEEN

    It comes with a $20 rebate if purchased through Frys, which effectively makes the product free.
    I regret to say today is the last day for this rebate for this period, but I got a similar deal/rebate around Thanksgiving, and have reason to believe the rebate will be offered again.

    The product is actually PdaNet 2.45 (with some additional backup functions), and I've used it with my DroidX and Window XP Pro laptop successfully.
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    the best thing u can do is root it and download wireless tether much better than any of those programs. rooting is so easy and u can always unroot. check out z4root
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    I bought and regularly use PDANet. I like it better than the wireless tether. It seems to stay connected better for me, and it does not drain the battery as fast.

    I have never tried the tether your talking about.
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    Susteen Datapilot Tether = PdaNet 2.45 + some Datapilot backup functions.
    Looks like Susteen is reselling PdaNet for Junefabrics.

    I like being able to edit my contacts on my PC, after backing them up.

    Cheaper to buy from Fry's with the rebate, than directly from Junefabrics, IMO.




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    I'm rooted and have both PDANet and Wireless Tether. I use PDANet more because it's a LOT faster.
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    I am finding just the opposite from most everybody above. Both my son and I HAD Windows phones, and found that the only solution to tethering our smartphones was to buy PdaNet. I absolutely hated the product! it disconnected constantly, wouldn't connect AT ALL on occasion, and I didn't like the fact that I had to license the program and NOT register the phone. That meant that I couldn't just get online anywhere, I had to use my computer at home (I didn't have a laptop at the time).

    My wife, on the other hand, had just purchased a Blackberry Storm and started using TetherBerry (now called Tether). I soon realized that Tether was a superior product to Pdanet, which I couldn't even GET for the Windows platform. SOOooooooo....I waited for my upgrades to come around, and now we are the proud owners of a Droid X (mine), a Droid2 Global (hers), and my son got the Storm.....he will be using his upgrade this summer to join the Droid family.
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    Before Android, I was a Windows Mobile 6 user for a couple of years.
    All Windows devices supported Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
    AT&T disabled it, but a Microsoft MVP posted 2 .cab files that reset a registry setting, installed a security cert, and created/enabled a shortcut to launch ICS, to bring things back to the Microsoft standard.
    Worked great for me.
    You didn't need a 3rd party app (or root the device) to tether.

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    In that case is there any way to tether my two new Droids without buying two new copies of Tether? I don't know exactly what this unrooting thing is butit scares the hell out of me. I would rather not have a $600 paper weight. If it involves that, I would rather buy Tether.

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    Ok.. question for you....

    .. Do you log in to your windows machine as "ADMIN". if you do, then that is about the same as "ROOTing" of your phone. Don't be afraid.. it just gives your more control on what you install / un-install or "break"...
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    I have both PDAnet and wireless tether I use the PDAnet on my PC and Wireless tether on my laptop I think they both work pretty much the same I think WT is a little faster and its way faster to connect.
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    I realize the question above was for SomeThingWicked, but I personally don't generally use the Administrator account under Windows, or the root user under Linux (sudo is good enough for me for most things).

    FWIW, some risks of rooting are discussed here:
    http://jack-mannino.blogspot.com/2010/11/dangers-of-rooting-your-mobile-device.html

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    I do login to my computer as admin, but unrooting doesn't look that simple. I have seen a few examples of how its done and....... yeah I'm not that technical.
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    So forgive me if my head is still not clear on this beautiful first day of 2011....but isn't the question at hand really just:

    What is the best free tether app or way to tether WITHOUT rooting?

    I am wondering the same thing myself. I understand rooting is not over my head on a technical level...but I would rather spend the time to learn and apply it doing something else.

    Thanks in advance for the help.


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    I received my rebate check yesterday 4/1/2011, for a rebate I mailed out on 12/9/2010! Anyone receive their rebate faster?

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    Rebate for Susteen Datapilot Tether is ON again, from 21 Dec 2011 until 5th Jan 2012. See 1st message in this thread for the link.
    I haven't used mine recently. Need to check if it still works.

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    For any of you with a Motorola phone wanting tether, seriously root and install wireless tether, or instal the wugfresh tether patch. Rooting takes literally 5 minutes with d3 easy root on a computer.

    Why pay for PDA net when you can have the same thing for free in less that 10 minutes time? If you can read intsructions on how to set up PDA net, then you can root. REALLY it is that easy.

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    I just tested my installation of Susteen Datapilot Tether (PdaNet 2.45) today 12/30/2011 (after a long period of not using it), and I'm happy to say it still works fine.
    I don't plan on rooting my device anytime soon, so this is probably the only way for me to get an emergency internet connection on my laptop if WiFi is unavailable.

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    Rebate for Susteen Datapilot Tether is ON again, from 1st Feb 2012 until 9th Feb 2012. See 1st message in this thread for the link.

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    $20 rebate is ON again, from 3/7/2012 to 3/15/2012. See first message in this thread for the link.

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    $20 rebate is ON again, from 5/16/2012 to 5/31/2012. See first message in this thread for the link.

    Actually, the free FoxFi app will allow me to get an emergency internet WiFi connection on my laptop.

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