So, it is time for my annual summer vacation in Avalon NJ and I had a problem. I thought we were renting a home with broadband access, but my wife selected one without it. I need broadband access because unlike past vacations when I worked for corporate America, I'm planning on working through part of the vacation. So, I decided to bite the bullet and look for some equipment to connect my laptop to my Treo 700W with Verizon's Wireless Broadband access.
My first problem was I could no longer find any links to pick up the equipment. Plus, I read somewhere that Verizon disabled a feature on the phone to prevent connecting to it to save on usage. That's the first problem. I'm already paying for broadband access with a phone totaling $180 per month (includes 2 family plans). So, with the monthly access for broadband and voice minutes you'd think they would love for me to use the networks. Not so. I am still upset by that; that's some customer service. Can you hear me now? I'm a pissed off, high paying customer.
So I figured out a work around, by searching for DUN Treo700W in Google and it took me to a link for PDANet software that allows you to connect your laptop to your Treo 700W's wireless broadband access using nothing more than your cable.
It cost me $34, but this work around is great. Unlike the reviews, I've yet to surf at DSL speeds, most likely due to my locations, but right now I'm connected at 2.4M/s which isn't bad. I can get email and browse most web pages, but it is a little slow to render some pages. Plus, video is spotty so it is not worth watching.
It is too bad that Verizon disabled the link. Why shouldn't I be allowed to surf the wireless broadband network? Don't I already pay enough for service? Now, I paid some group of programmers $34 to reactivate my access. At least the internet community came up with a solution. Can you hear me now? Wise up Verizon.