Battery life is a huge issue plaguing the Palm Pre. Using My Tether to enable your (PhoneNews.com tested, FCC approved) Wi-Fi tethering doesn’t help. While downloading files, you actually can wind up draining more power than what USB can provide. If this sounds familiar, you may have been using the HTC Mogul/Titanâ€¦ it was the last device in recent history to suffer a similar fate.
Fortunately, Palm did work in enough power management to allow Bluetooth PAN to tether, and at least keep the battery where it is while charging. You won’t suffer battery drain while using your phone as modem.
So, how do you get My Tether to talk to Bluetooth PAN? It’s actually already supported. Just toggle over to USB and hit the On switch, enabling My Tether over USB. The device will power cycle (necessary to enable Palm’s USBNet service). After that, all you need to do is pair your laptop, and connect to Bluetooth PAN.
(Be sure to go back to My Tether and turn USB tethering on, before switching on the Bluetooth PAN connection on your laptop. Otherwise, the connection will fail.)