Sean's speech at ESC about making a 3G device

Pander pander at
Fri Apr 3 10:10:38 CEST 2009

I had my FreeRunner replaced (under guarantee) by broken mini USB
connector. These things are much more vulnerable than normal USB. Hence,
I vote for normal USB.

Matthias Apitz wrote:
> El día Friday, April 03, 2009 a las 09:48:51AM +0200, Sander escribió:
>> What about a FR without 3G but with a 'normal' size USB2.0 port in which
>> you can plug a 3G dongle?
>> This has several advantages:
>> o FR would be more free
>> o FR would be less expensive
>> o only one expensive heavy duty 3G contract for both your FR and your laptop
>> o upgrading of 3G without the need for upgrading the FR
>> FR would still have GPRS in this scenario.
>> The USB port would be on the edge of the FR where we find the AUX button
>> now. This would make the dongle point more or less upwards in both
>> landscape and portrait mode.
>> Related to this I'm looking for a converter between the small USB port
>> on the FR and a 3G USB dongle (or a USB keyboard). I've searched but not
>> found any. Any tips?
> Interesting. I have an USB dongle Huawei E220 which I'm using for my
> EeePC laptop to go to Internet via UMTS. This E220 is a small puck with
> a small USB connector, comes with a short (10cm) cable to connect it to
> a normal USB port of a laptop. I was already thinking in buying a short
> cable with small USB connectors on both ends (or even just something like
> a stick having small USB connectors on both ends without any cable) to
> connect this E220 as well to my FR and use the pppd in the FR...
> 	matthias

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