05-05-2010, 02:49 AM #1
Please Help: using my cellphone as a dial-up modem.
- Member Since
- Mar 10, 2010
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.
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.
05-06-2010, 09:44 AM #2
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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05-06-2010, 08:44 PM #3
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- Nov 16, 2009
- North Louisiana, USA
- 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
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."Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling
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