I spent some time today playing with the world’s thinnest PDA smartphone.
The one I was using was on the Telus network (I used it near Toronto and Niagara Falls today).
I wanted to use it as a modem, since logically (programatically?) it followed that it could do that.
($12/Meg after that, without another plan) — well actually, the onboard browser is quite fine but anyway, customer service told me it was impossible.
So here I was thinking I’d have to write my own gateway program, but I found PDANet (shareware: $34US) and it did the job. You should also be aware that the high-speed network is only available near big cities.
Lower speed is available in a large area.
Also do like PDANet says and watch your usage! The phone can take a mini-SD card, has a 1.3megapixel camera (you need to change the default), and you can copy files to and from it using Bluetooth..
Wahoo! It runs Windows Mobile 5.0, an operating system close to the type I program in almost every day, however just having a 320×240 colour screen means you can surf to dictionary pages on the net or whatever you need.
Alas, its not GSM, but it should be hours of fun anyway. Somewhere on a menu it mentioned GPS.
I need to investigate if that’s for real, because there were no applications that take advantage of that.