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    UMA phones = free wifi web browsing?

    does anyone know if the the new UMA phones will allow us to browse the internet on our phones through our own wireless routers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by _LawmaN_
    does anyone know if the the new UMA phones will allow us to browse the internet on our phones through our own wireless routers?
    No, it uses the GSM network for web surfing on the future Fido Branded UMA handsets

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    ^ thats corrected...tried and tested on 6301 ....

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    Third. Absolutely correct statements above.

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    Why surf on the internet w/ your 2 inch screen when you have access to wi-fi at home? w/ a computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtomtom
    Why surf on the internet w/ your 2 inch screen when you have access to wi-fi at home? w/ a computer
    Because wi-fi is more ubiquitous than just your home. Would be nice to take advantage of that "Free Wi-Fi" sign using your phone and its wi-fi capability. Poor design to not allow it to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spleck
    Because wi-fi is more ubiquitous than just your home. Would be nice to take advantage of that "Free Wi-Fi" sign using your phone and its wi-fi capability. Poor design to not allow it to work.
    There aren't much of these freebies Wi-Fi in Toronto

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtomtom
    There aren't much of these freebies Wi-Fi in Toronto
    Agreed. That was one reason why I ended up giving up on my beloved E61i. Great phone, enjoyed having BlackBerry Connect (even with the restrictively small data bucket), but there just isn't a lot of open Wifi in Toronto. That made the small and expensive data bucket all the more painful.

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    ^^^^ It depends where you are. Sadly people are starting to smarten up. Only a few years ago, it was a free for all. I could take my laptop to anyone's house and you were just bound to find free WiFi.
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    Is there anything else that can come over the wifi connection besides voice? SMS?

    I ask because my parents live in a dead zone with no cell coverage, but work in a zone with normal cell coverage, and i'm trying to find something that won't be useless for them at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanity_clause
    Is there anything else that can come over the wifi connection besides voice? SMS?

    I ask because my parents live in a dead zone with no cell coverage, but work in a zone with normal cell coverage, and i'm trying to find something that won't be useless for them at home.
    SMS is typically limited to the cellular networks. You can use third party providers for sending/receiving SMS over the internet (ie: WiFi).

    Check out these links if you have bad cellular signal:
    http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/
    http://www.cellboosterstore.com/
    http://www.alternativewireless.com/

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