How to use your CDMA phone as a modem

The following site explains how to you setup your CDMA based phone as a USB Modem to access the internet from your Laptop or Desktop from anywhere.

Travel plans about to take you beyond the land of broadband? Venturing far afield from the great kingdom of WiFi? You may have been born with 802.11b in your mouth, but you’re going to want to get prepared for that next trip to the sticks. This How-To will show you how to get a decent Internet connection for no cost other than the phone minutes you use while connected. It should also come in handy for you folks not located on the left or right coasts, and for those of us non-urbanites when the coffee shops are closed (stay tuned next week for Phillip Torrone’s USB coffee maker How-To…). And remember, the Motel 6 does not offer WiFi. Get prepared, scout!

Gather ye materials while ye may:

  • Laptop running Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • CDMA phone (If you have a GSM phone, see GSM USB modem for OS X on the Mac. Windows users, first configure your phone as a modem, then use a separate dial-up ISP or paid GPRS connection.)
  • Phone plan: You need to have Sprint PCS Vision enabled to access their 3G network, which gives you access speeds typically somewhere between a 56K modem and DSL/cable. If your carrier is Verizon, you don’t need to pay any extra fee for data transmission, and you have two connection options: the Quick Connect Network, zipping along at 14.4K but dead easy to set up, or the Express Network, which gets you into the same speed range as Sprint PCS but can be funkier to set up.
  • USB data cable for your phone model (Usually pretty cheap. More on this later.)
  • Possibly, drivers for your phone (Under OS X, you probably have a built-in driver already. Windows users, we’ll help you track yours down in a bit.)

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