Tungsten E and Wireless Networking (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)

Discussion in 'Palm' started by Ed Hardy, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    This question comes up all the time so I'm going to lay out the facts and stick this message permanently at the top of the page.

    There are currently no options for using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with the Tungsten E.

    SanDisk makes a Wi-Fi SD card but there is, as yet, no Palm OS 5 driver for it. One is expected in the first quarter of 2004. You can read more about this at:
    www.brighthand.com/article/SanDisk_Explains_Delay_of_Wi-Fi_SD_Card?site=Palm

    Update: SanDisk's web page about its Wi-Fi SD card now says that a Palm OS 5 driver will be released in the second quarter of this year.

    palmOne sells a Bluetooth SD card but there is also no Palm OS 5 driver for it, only a Palm OS 4 one. There are no plans to write a Palm OS 5 driver, either. This comes stright from a palmOne VP I talked to.

    The Tungsten E can't use the Enfora Wi-Fi case because it doesn't offer a Universal Connector.

    I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news, but that's the way it is. If wireless networking is important to you, frankly, I'd suggest taking your Tungsten E back and getting a different model. The Tungsten T2 has Bluetooth and a Universal Connector and Shopper.com shows numerous places selling it for about $330. If you have to have Wi-Fi right now, Shopper.com shows the Tungsten C selling in several places for less than $400.
     
  2. JL Jones

    JL Jones Newbie

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    I would imagine some of us have inquired about wireless options
    for the Tungsten E because quite frankly not wanting to spend
    $400+ for a PDA...

    I've been doing some poking around on the net and I will tell
    anyone interested not to give up hope with regards to Bluetooth
    /WiFi options for the T/E.

    I do understand palmOne's reasoning - It wouldn't make very
    good business sense to put out a product for $200 that has
    the same capabilities as their $400 product (I can't imagine
    putting a Bluetooth radio in the T/E would jack up the price
    $200+ though)

    If some are interested, check this link out:

    Hagiwara Systems


    The date is old on it though, so I am guessing it's prolly
    old news. I sent a product information request to find out
    when exactly these products would be available.

    I am a former Handspring Visor user, I only made the switch to
    Palm/Tungsten E because it became apparent with the merger that
    Handspring wasn't going to make any OS 5 devices (save the Treo 600)

    I paid the same price for my Visor Prism, and it beats the E
    hands down expandability wise. I like the E, but it's kind
    of a waste if the company is going to just put it out hoping
    for third party support for perhiperhals that it doesn't feel
    would be cost effective for that unit.

    That was the nice thing about Handspring with the Visors
    - you knew when you got the unit that no matter what you
    paid for it you had expansion options.

    I may end up saving my pennies for the Sony Clie UX50
    anyway (a bit of a pipe dream tho - lol)

    Jim J.
     
  3. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    I last spoke with Hagiwara Sys-Com in late October. At that point a spokesperson could only say his company's SD wireless products would be out some time after the release of the Wi-Fi Memory Stick, which isn't expected until March.
     
  4. Polychrome

    Polychrome ...has a lightsaber

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    At least they seem to be working on it. We know, if nothing else, that the options are not beyond our reach. Or at least forever.

    In the meantime, why is it that the only Infrared access points sold on palm's website are the several-grand priced ones? That's rediculous, and not everybody wanting internet will be able to afford that. (And frankly, I've never seen a classroom where everyone had a PDA.) I think if you look pretty hard though, you can still find one of those inexpensive ones.
     
  5. MaDzIre

    MaDzIre Mobile Enthusiast

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    If you?re reading this, I?m very bad:
    Why???

    The Tungten E does not include drivers for the
    Palm Bluetooth Card...

    We should send a e-mail to palm, I think is the only method
    to make Palm develop a driver for tungten E.
    I?don?t know why this... the tungten is a great value handheld at a low price, but there is no reason to make the BT Card
    for old models and without support for Palm OS 5
    If Palm don?t develop a driver for the BT Card. I think this
    Handheld Lacks...

    PD: Persuade Palm to get a driver...!!!
     
  6. lhwj

    lhwj Mobile Deity

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    Oh yes I do agree with the ed...the T|E is meant for those people who have no wireless needs like me for example. It's meant for people who want a powerful Palm with lots of memory but at a cheap price. If Bluetooth or WiFi is on their piority list, they should get a T2, T3 or the C instead.
     
  7. Polychrome

    Polychrome ...has a lightsaber

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    Or maybe poor college students?

    Seriously, I could buy a cheap motherboard, and KNOW that I could stick new hardware in it later when I could afford it. Why should a palm be any different?

    I don't think there's anything wrong with people here hoping for wireless capability, or that anybody looking for wireless should ignore the Tungsten E. Use of cell phones is still available, and I'm not convinced that a bluetooth device will not eventually turn up.

    Heck, wasn't the reason the stupid wi-fi card was delayed something to do with them worried about people with cell phones sticking them in? Why would somebody with a smartphone EVEN NEED a wi-fi card? They've already got their wireless internet. Heh. What a way to get my jealous side worked up, Sandisk....
     
  8. techzilla

    techzilla Mobile Enthusiast

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  9. Polychrome

    Polychrome ...has a lightsaber

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    Well, in that case, GO SYCHIP!
     
  10. saigal

    saigal Guest

    In normal conditions, you're right. But then you're forgetting about the costs involved surfing via smartphones, and if you're in the range of some wireless network, it obviously would be cheap
     
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