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06-13-2011 11:52 PM
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06-23-2011 12:05 AM
I have the Playbook for a number of months now.
I have used the bridge browser. Since the last few updates they improved the bridge browser. I found it to still be slow at times and not always stable.
I read on some news groups and in a few articles that some of the carriers are somehow blocking the bridge mode from working on the net using the bridge browser.
I have a tethering plan for my phone, and therefore I use tethering with the main browser to go on the net. This works very fast and is extremely stable.
I have not tried music through the bridge mode. I would think it would be more efficient to install the music from your PC computer directly to the Playbook. You can do this over the WiFi. Set the Playbook to be in the data share mode for this. It will appear on your network as if it was another computer. You can also use the USB cable and transfer the files across as if the Playbook was a disk drive. Take care to put the music in the folder for music.
06-23-2011 10:38 AM
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06-23-2011 11:03 PM
For tethering to work, the Playbook and the phone have to be first linked by Bluetooth. The tether mode will then allow the phone to work as a modem.
It is important to have the tethering option active in your mobile phone plan. If not, it will most likely be blocked. Some carriers allow it to work without the option active, but they may charge a high rate to use it if the option is not purchased. This all depends on the policy of the phone company.
1) Make sure your carrier allows tethering in your phone plan.
2) Have the Playbook linked by Bluetooth to the phone.
3) Open the tethering menu, and set up the tether mode for your carrier (required on first use).
4) Activate the tethering mode.
06-23-2011 11:15 PM
06-23-2011 11:53 PM - edited 06-24-2011 12:01 AM
The Playbook will work much faster and more stable in the tether mode for browsing.
The tether mode probably does not work because your carrier has to activate it.
On the plan that I have, I can tether the Playbook using the Torch as the modem. At the same time, I can be talking on the Torch, and do other internet functions at the same time. The Torch is a very powerful little unit.
The torch also works as a modem for both my laptop or my desktop computer if I want to use it that way. It can work with the USB cable or by Bluetooth with the PC computers. I have not done an internet speed test with it, but it is very fast.
I am curious to know, how much your carrier charges for 1GB of tethering. Over here I believe they charge in the range of $40 per month. They charge about $60 for 3GB of tethering.
With the Playbook, if you are not downloading or watching HD movies, or doing large video streaming, a 1GB plan is very safe for standard web browsing and using remote email accounts. With a 1GB per month plan using the Playbook you can probably do more browsing than you would actually have time for unless you are on it extensively all day and all night long. The Playbook is very data efficient.