Pretec's H220 Intellicable is receiving a quite a bit of buzz around the Internet, and deservedly so. Put simply, this handy USB cable connects your smartphone to your PC and essentially tricks most handsets into thinking they are USB modems.
The company claims it will work with just about any 2G, 3G, and 3.5G phone, and what's more, setup is automatic via plug-and-play. It supports simultaneous voice ahd high-speed data communication, and as Pretec points out, you can save a pocket full of jingle over an HSDPA modem and 1-2 year service commitment.
The multi-functional wonder cable will also charge your device and even comes with 1GB of storage (optionally up to 8GB). Pretec says it will work with any PC, Mac, or Linux-based laptop or netbook. The caveat -- and you knew there would be one -- is that mobile phone support might not be as robust as Pretect touts. Officially, the Intellicable H220 supports 18 phones, most of which are from RIM, and the rest from Nokia, Motorola, and Sagem Navigation.
Pretec says it will sell the cable for $49 or less.
The current state of the mobile market, contrary to what some tech commenters might be opining, is anything but ponies and roses. It's a lot like coming home from a hard day of work and finding out that your toilet is leaking--leaking all over your floor, that is. You don't really have the tools to fix it, but you do have a healthy amount of duct tape sitting around.
AT&T's announcement that it's eliminating the unlimited data plans for iPhone and iPad owners is but the black, sticky tape covering up a greater disaster underneath. But that's not what the various Internet commenters would have you believe. To them, the charitable AT&T has graciously swooped down to lower everyone's monthly data fees since so very, very few people will ever push past its first-tier pricing scheme of $25 per month for two gigabytes of data.
This is not some charitable reduction that saves 98 percent of AT&T's user base an extra $5 a month. If you believe that, then by all means, let the carrier come marching right up to your front door with a new contract and a shiny golden ticket to Wonka's candy factory. Because that, sir or ma'am, is just the level of delusion we're talking about.