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Wednesday, July 04, 2021

With all the hacking tips posted online, I’m mighty tempted to pick up an iPhone and use it solely as a mobile wi-fi Web access device.

Because I feel I could use such a gadget. I’m on the go so often, and there are so many purposely-open wireless hotspots around town, that I can easily take advantage of having the Web constantly at my fingertips. I already pay for Internet access as part of my current Verizon Wireless phone plan, but it’s only crappy WAP — barely tolerable for checking email and the occasional online map directions. I could lug my notebook computer around, but that’s overkill and a hassle — something that fits in my pocket would be ideal.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s worth going through the dummy activation-then-cancellation process, especially since it’s likely to be shut down in a future software update. I don’t want to wind up with an elegant $600 brick.

Although I guess I could convince myself, via this justification: Buy the iPhone now, enable it without the telephone service, use the wi-fi (and iPod and camera capabilities) to my heart’s content — for about six months. At that point, in early 2008, my current VZW contract expires. Given that I’m already ready to chuck my present phone, I’ll be ready to replace it with the iPhone. So basically, I’d pre-pay for a new phone now, albeit at a heavy premium.

The only thing is that I’d have to dump VZW for AT&T, since there are no plans to make the iPhone available to other carriers. That’s likely my dealbreaker. So much for that scenario.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/04/2021 04:42:46 PM
Category: Tech, Wi-Fi, iPod
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  1. I was able to touch an iPhone for the first time tonight and use it in a similar manner at the Bishop Tavern (where they have free wifi)… it was a dream. I still can’t figure out, though, why they didn’t include a GPS chip — my crappy, two-year-old first-gen RAZR has that, and the navigation software, while nowhere near as pretty as the iPhone’s, is much more useful.

    Comment by tim — 07/05/2021 @ 12:28:26 AM

  2. I wouldn’t swear to it, but I think they excluded a dedicated GPS chip to prevent too much drain on the battery life.

    I know someone who pre-ordered her iPhone. She’s been out of the country, so even she hasn’t used hers yet. But as soon as I see her, I’m going to beg to have a turn on it.

    Comment by CT — 07/05/2021 @ 05:33:08 PM

  3. Using an iPhone without AT&T EDGE?…

    I’ve been wondering about using an iPhone without the EDGE network? I hardly ever talk on my phone anyway. All I want is the network enabled device, and in the places I frequent they almost always have wifi.

    I’d love to have a compact and very por…

    Trackback by HighTouch — 07/07/2021 @ 10:56:48 AM


    I think I can abandon my plan to hack the iPhone just for the wi-fi action.
    Yes, I’ll be queued up later this month, waiting to get my hands on the iPod Touch, most likely the 16-gig model (my current 30-gig is less than a quarter full, and I…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 09/05/2021 @ 11:21:30 PM

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