So I went ahead and purchased the data cable and an extra battery from cellphoneshop.net, pretty decent prices, though delivery took a little while. My phone is a samsung A660. There are full instructions here, but really all it requires is:
-plugging it in
-opening network prefs, where you see it recognize the phone
-edit the new interface’s settings as follows: phone number: #777, Modem: Sprint PCS Vision
That should be about it. It only takes a few seconds for it to connect, as evidenced here where I initiated some pings while it was disconnected, so it had to ‘dial’.
andre@gyro[~]ping -c 10 dreness.com PING dreness.com (22.214.171.124): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=0 ttl=42 time=5099.65 ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=1 ttl=42 time=5436.26 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=2 ttl=42 time=4551.91 ms 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=3 ttl=42 time=3636.56 ms 64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=4 ttl=42 time=2698.26 ms 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=5 ttl=42 time=1735.95 ms 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=6 ttl=42 time=935.585 ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=7 ttl=42 time=490.015 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=8 ttl=42 time=532.631 ms 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=9 ttl=42 time=413.305 ms
You will undoubtedly notice that the web looks far worse through a sprint cellular connection. This is due to a proxy server that compresses the hell out of images. Here is a comparison of an original image vs what it looks like through the sprint cellular compression (also note the file size differences displayed in the Activity window). I’ve taken two screenshots and exported those two PDFs as jpegs @ 100% quality:
Via the real Internet:
Via the SprintPCS Internet:
The download speed is quite sporadic, but average throughput seems to hover around 3 KB/s or so, with bursts as high as 20 KB/s.
Here’s curl output for a 1.5 MB download, which included one disconnect + automatic reconnect (the download did not abort), and also a brief concurrent upload of a small file (28 KB):
andre@gyro[~]curl -O http://www.dreness.com/bits/cool/electricity.mpeg % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Curr. Dload Upload Total Current Left Speed 100 1559k 100 1559k 0 0 2951 0 0:09:01 0:09:00 0:00:00 5555