Shortly before Xmas US customers received an update to their Palm Pre. It was 1.3.5. No update for EU customers, to lots of bitching.
Well, today was the day that Palm pushed out 184.108.40.206 to us. And it contains something very valuable: the Bluetooth PAN profile. This allows you to join a Personal Area Network, the Bluetooth equivalent of a WLAN. You can now share your existing Internet Connection from your Pre with any other paired BT device. Like your laptop for instance. This is better than tethering, where you have to tell your laptop how to connect to the Internet, which AP to use and so forth. It does not matter whether your Pre switches from mobile network to WLAN and back. You just stay connected.
Setup is a piece of cake. Pair Pre and laptop. Join PAN from laptop.
Ain't linux grand?
With the proper interface.
You can do this on the blackberry too, admittedly it is not as straightforward to set up.
Andy, that is not as straightforward because it isn't PAN but rather tethering.
iPhone tethering works the same way. I guess Jon Rubinstein was lying ;-)
So does Windows Mobile network sharing. And quite a long time before the iPhone.
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