Connect to Internet by Cell Phone

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  1. luxuguy

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    I have a Dell 600m. My fone has bluetooth. If I buy the USB bluetooth for the laptop, can I connect to interent via my cellfone ?
    I don't have a fone line at home --> no dial up or dsl either ... also no cable ... cellfone is the last hope. I need it in case I want interent and starbuck is closed ...
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    you can connect via cel phone, but bluetooth is not an broadband technology; it merely connects devices to each other. if your cel phone has the ability to act like a modem and you have some sort of internet connectivity plan with your cel phone provider, than yes, you can do it... however, it's unbearably slow and unreliable. i used to use my phone to surf during class and it would never last longer than a couple minutes before crashing. as well, it willl probably come off your minutes so unless you're only surfing for a couple mins a day, you're gonna pay overcharges

    basically, don't bother, it's not worth it.
     
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    as drumfu says, to use your cell phone to connect to the internet you'll need a dataplan from your cell phone provider (such as T-Mobile, Cingular, Sprint...) and that costs a monthly amount and then the Bluetooth connection between your cellphone and laptop has to be stable. In my experience this use of Bluetooth has been okay for downloading a few smaller emails or using IM, but a terrible experience for browsing the web.

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    get a phoneline? you probably would have spent that much on a dataplan anyways.
     
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    if so ... is there any suggestion for my situation ? (my cellfone is the only way of connection whem I'm home)

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    Depending on who your phone company is, you may be able to get broadband without phone service. I know Qwest offers this and other phone companies like Verizon are working towards it. I have dsl without phone service from my local company. Good Luck.






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    Actually, depending on where you are, with an EDGE phone and data plan, you could make out well with broadband speeds. I have Cingular and an the unlimited data for $20/month and between my palm and occasional connections via my desktop when not in a hotspot, it works great for everything but streaming media.

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    a ha ... thanks d-roc ... would you please tell me more how u get the connection b/w ur fone and ur latop? is it through bluetooth?

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    Actually all these people are wrong.

    You have two choices for connecting anywhere.

    If you're willing to spend a little money Verizon Wireless offers Wireless Broadband service at up to 768kbps (basically DSL speed). It costs $79.99 a month for unlimited, cheaper if you accept bandwidth limits.

    T-Mobile has a cheaper solution, for $29.99, you can get unlimited internet access although it is 56k on their GSM network nationwide.

    Both services use a PCMCIA card that you slide into your laptop in order to connect and both require a contract for at least 1 year.

    So while you are using cellular technology to connect to the internet, you aren't using your cell phone per se or your minutes, just a PCMCIA card you slide into your laptop.
     
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    the wireless broadband cxn's are flaky. a friend of mine has one of those cards issued from work. they only work in hotspots which are not ubiquitous. he took it with him on a business trip to SF and there was no signal in the entire city (as an example). when there is no hotspot, it connects at normal cel phone speed which is about 19.2
     
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