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    Mar 10, 2010
    Exclamation Please Help: using my cellphone as a dial-up modem.
    Here's what I found out:

    • There are free dial up internet providers all over north America.
    • It is possible to connect your mac to one of these, through a cellhpone via bluetooth. (check the Network settings)
    • Which essentially means free on-the-go internet EVERYWHERE. (at 56k, granted).

    Here for example, you put in your area code, and you get a local number that provides free dial-up!


    Problem is I have no idea how to set this up. I've connected my phone and my computer via bluetooth, have changed every setting imaginable, and it won't work. I keep getting:

    could not open the communication device.
    Can someone PLEASE walk me through this, step-by-step?

    I'm on an LG phone, using Fido as my network (I don't know if this makes any difference).

    I've just started an online business, which means that I spend a lot of time online; and I'm sick of being indoors. I would love to be able to go work in a forest somewhere by a stream. — I have no money at them moment for wireless internet service.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Lifeisabeach's Avatar
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    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    Here's a complete walkthrough on how to do this. Your error code is addressed briefly… nothing specific other than to make sure everything is connected correctly.
    GSM Phone as Mac OS X Modem

    EDIT: That walkthrough was made for an older version of OS X, so some details may have been moved around a little, depending on what version you have.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Slydude's Avatar
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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz 2008 MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 8+, 2015 iMac 16 GB 10.13 beta
    I ran into a problem last summer which frustrated me and the Sprint tech rep for at least a half hour or more. I had already looked up the appropriate codes but kept getting a dropped connection. He couldn't get the mac side working so he insisted I try my XP partition. He eventually hung up and i got it working on my own. Never did get the Win side working.

    Couple of things that might be an issue:
    1. Double check the appropriate code used for your phone by your provider.
    2. Some phones, like my Centro, require a separate piece of software on the phone to kick it into data mode.
    3. I also had to purchase a "phone as modem" a.k.a. PAM plan from the cell phone provider despite having been assured I already had that. Once I had that done the problem went away.
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