What I found out today is that in order to use the Cingular 3125 as a modem for my laptop, I needed to change my data plan. The new plan costs $59.00 per month (compared to the $39.00 plan I am on right now). And without the 2 year contract, the new plan would be $75.00 per month. These costs do not include the voice plan.
More things to think about when you’re budgeting for and comparing smartphones
The point here is that if you are interested in some of these additional features (such as tethering—using your device as a modem for your laptop, voice dial and “instant alibi”--see yesterday’s entry for details, or watching TV, and so forth), you probably want to find out specifically the additional costs involved from the provider you are considering.
Some providers include some of these services as part of the data plan while others don’t. So comparisons can be misleading if you don’t include all the additional costs involved based on the features and services that you need.
Also, if some of the features involve transferring large amounts of data to your device (such as TV and tethering), you probably want to consider an unlimited data plan.
My laptop is now connected to the Internet using the Cingular 3125
After going through the setup process with the technical support rep, my laptop was connected to the Internet using the Cingular 3125 as a modem. What I learned is that the speed can get up to 230kbps or so, but in reality, you may get only half of that. This is fine for basic browsing and retrieving e-mail (hoping no one sends “mega”-attachments) but probably not enough to do serious work on your web applications and backend databases.
The Cingular 3125 cable connection