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Internet access through cell phone

Internet access through cell phone

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I have a question about hooking my cell phone to my laptop and using it for dial up when I am not near a wireless connection.  I have a new Sony Ericsson z500a, with a modem, supports GPRS (website: http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=us&lc=en&ver=4000&template=ps1_1_2_3&zone=ps&lm=ps1_1&;pid=10138 ). I downloaded the modem driver and the Sony software for dial-up, installed on my laptop (My laptop also has a modem I believe, but I have not used it). I connected the phone using a DCU-11 USB data cable, and I can transfer files fine.  

 

I have Time Warner cable internet, and it has a free dial-up connection. When I try to connect, the phone dials for a few seconds, then disconnects and I get an error message.  The ISP, Cingular, and Sony all tell me that my modem is too slow (operating at 9600kbps, which I guess is standard for them) and not supported by the ISP’s. They tell me that in order to connect I have to use GPRS, and pay Cingular for the internet access each month.

 

Is there a way for me to connect to the internet using just my cell phone and avoiding the extra monthly Cingular charges?  If not, is there a way to use my laptop modem instead of the cell phone modem, and connect still through the cell phone?  I don’t want to use this method often, just on occasion.  Thanks,

RE: Internet access through cell phone

I just read your message, and I'm sure you've found an answer by now, but just in case, if you have the ability to setup a modem to receive the call somewhere that has Internet access, you could always setup your own dialup server for personal use - you wouldn't have to limit the speed of the connection.  I'm sure your ISP does so because 9600 connections just aren't effective use of their modem lines.

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