Is it possible to get internet on an htc hero with a usb 3g dongle?
that way i would not have to pay for a phone plan
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Not sure where you are but in the UK you can get "MiFi" it's basically a little dongle except it "converts" the mobile broadband into to Wifi, it was aimed at allowing ipod touch users access to mobile broadband, but works with any wifi enabled device AFAIK.
You still have to pay for a monthly plan or pay as you go, and as Stephen said it would probably be cheaper and easier to get the phone plan.
There is probably something similar where you are, if your not in the UK.
The HTC Hero comes in both GSM and CDMA flavors, so depending on your carrier -- you might be able to swap the SIM card from your 3G dongle and use it inside your Hero.
If you're on a CDMA carrier, you might be out of luck. I think n the US, Sprint offers data-only plans.
My Windows Mobile 6.1 device will use the internet connection on a host machine if it is connected via USB. And that's out of the box.
I believe the HTC Hero is also Windows Mobile 6.1.
Why use a 3G dongle? I bet the data plan on the phone is cheaper. There's also software called PDANet that will allow you to use the phone's 3G radio to share internet with a desktop/laptop PC...it's like tethering without having to pay extra!
If you are wanting to connect a 3G USB dongle to the phone itself, I don't think you can do that. Both devices are USB devices; neither has a host controller.