Connecting your laptop to your cell phone’s wireless Internet can provide great convenience while travelling. Using your cell phone as a modem can also come in handy in the event of an emergency. Signing up with phone-as-modem service with your wireless carrier allows your laptop either Bluetooth or USB connectivity to the Internet from anywhere your cell phone receives service. Establishing the connection only takes a few moments.
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Things you need
- Mini-USB-to-USB connector cable
Subscribe to a phone-as-modem wireless Internet plan with your cell phone’s service provider.
Install any set-up programs and drivers that may come with your phone-as-modem wireless Internet welcome package.
Establish a connection between your cell phone and laptop using a Bluetooth connectivity application on either device if the phone-as-modem application supports this type of connection. Otherwise, skip this step.
Insert the mini-USB end of your mini-USB-to-USB connector cable into the cell phone’s mini-USB port. Skip steps 4 and 5 if you pair the phone-as-modem-enabled device with your laptop using Bluetooth connectivity.
Insert the USB end of your mini-USB-to-USB connector cable into the laptop’s USB port.
Run the phone-as-modem connectivity application installed on your laptop. Enter any necessary login information.
Tips and warnings
- Use the USB connection as an alternative to Bluetooth connectivity if ever necessary.
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