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They've DUN it Again...

Yep, apparently the Dial-Up-Networking (DUN) on Cingular's Treo 650 will (like Sprint's) be disabled.

Naturally, Treonauts are screaming bloody murder and knocking their heads against the wall.  The subject of one email that I received read 'NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!' and I honestly hope that these weren't typed just before jumping out of the window... 

I find it almost amusing that, as was the case with Sprint's Treo 650, news of the crippled DUN should surface (for maximum effect undoubtedly) just days before the actual launch of Cingular's Treo 650.  Unfortunately, that's where the amusement ends as there surely isn't anything funny about having the full potential of our Treo 'locked-out'.

Also, considering that Sprint had promised that it would resolve the DUN issue but that it hasn't as of yet done anything about it, you shouldn't be too confident that Cingular will resolve the DUN anytime soon either (but a resourceful hacker may).

HOWEVER, there are 'some' good and interesting news (thank you Andrew). 

It appears that the PDAnet software (allowing you to use your Treo as a wireless modem) will still work and is actually faster as it runs over the USB cable at 12Mbps versus Bluetooth at less than 1Mbps. And with the cable connected, you don't have to worry about moving your phone and losing the connection from your laptop.

The June Fabrics website has updated their PdaNet software ($34) to work with the bluetooth connection regardless of Cingular's crippling.

If you really want 'total freedom' perhaps an unlocked Treo 650 will be the only way to go as it is anticipated that DUN will be fully enabled on it.

Cingular Treo 650 also has crippled Bluetooth [Engadget]

Treonauts don't like limitations...


Posted by Andrew on January 26, 2005 at 03:45 PM

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Comments

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by Bubbler | Jan 26, 2005 8:03:18 PM

I purchased a Treo 180 as soon as it was introduced, a Treo 270 as soon as it was introduced, and a Treo 600 as soon as it was introduced. I have been anxiously waiting for the GSM version of the 650, but I will NOT purchase a crippled 650.

Bluetooth is the key improvement of the 650 over the 600 (IMHO). If Bluetooth is not going to work properly, I see little or no reason to pay another $500.

Bubbler

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by jorge | Jan 26, 2005 9:36:47 PM

Is this something that our 1 Lucky Treonaut has attempted with his cingular branded model. Maybe he can send some screenshots.

3
by SidVi | Jan 27, 2005 6:30:32 PM

Here:

http://www.pdaexpertos.com/Analisis/Hardware/Imagenes_Treo_650_palmone.shtml

There is a spanish boy who has an unlocked GSM Treo 650 (you can see there some photos); maybe you can ask him if it has DUN enabled or not (and other things ;)

Bye

4
by Alexander | Jan 28, 2005 7:50:13 AM

I read this recently:
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Due to a limitation in Treo 650's Bluetooth implementation, only one Bluetooth device can be used at time.

unquote

Are they serious ????

5
by wol | Feb 1, 2005 3:33:43 PM

palmOne treo 650 GSM is DUN enabled!

this is an actual screenshot of the gsm version

http://wolwol.smugmug.com/photos/15168421-M.jpg

read the actual review from www.spug.net

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by rberg | Feb 3, 2005 9:41:24 AM

Treo 650 GSM - Unlocked What?

DUN - Is it enabled in the new unlocked GSM phone available on the PalmOne website?

Bluetooth - Can it work with more than one bluetooth device at a time?

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by Robert | Feb 3, 2005 10:10:35 AM

Yes, Treo 650 GSM Unlocked available on PalmOne website _has_ DUN enabled.

BT 'should' work with multiple devices simultaneously but I haven't tested it yet.

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