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    I got a Motorola C350G cell phone (GSM) and I want to use it as a modem to connect to internet while cruising in "No man land". How can I do that?
    I was able to find a usb driver for the phone and installed. The PC can see the phone as a modem.
    When I dial to the ISP via DUN, the DUN pop up said no answer while the phone is calling. Is there any special setting in Window Dialup Service to change so the "answerr time" can be longer for the DUN to see the phone is dialing?
    I search around and note that Motorola did has software for phone called TrueSync but that just a driver for the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    I got a Motorola C350G cell phone (GSM) and I want to use it as a modem to connect to internet while cruising in "No man land". How can I do that?
    I was able to find a usb driver for the phone and installed. The PC can see the phone as a modem.
    When I dial to the ISP via DUN, the DUN pop up said no answer while the phone is calling. Is there any special setting in Window Dialup Service to change so the "answerr time" can be longer for the DUN to see the phone is dialing?
    I search around and note that Motorola did has software for phone called TrueSync but that just a driver for the phone.
    Try looking on cellphonehacks.com (yes that is a real site) or howardforums. I think you have to dail something else first.

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    You shoulda ask me when we're at the meet. What service provider is it? Just because you have the data cable and the driver for your phone doesnt meant you can use it as a modem and get on the internet with it. There are 2 ways of getting on the internet with a cellphone. 1st way, call the service provider and ask them to enable the data plan. If you have Cingular, the data plan is $3.99 a month. There's no limit on how much data you download. You only use your included minutes. So if you have free nights and weekends then you can get on the net for free. Once you got the data plan for your phone, you can setup winXP to dial your ISP like earthlink or netzero. Last I check, Cingular connects at 9.6kbps. The 2nd way is enroll in a web service plan from your cell provider. Vision for Sprint (that's what I have)unlimited, T-Zone for T-Mobile unlimited, M-Mode or mobile internet for ATT data limited, Express Network for Verizon unlimited, IM+ for Cingular data limited, Total Connect for Nextel data limited. Once you enroll in the web service plan, you can set WinXP to dial a special number to access the phone's internet service. For Sprint is #777. It's almost like DSL service. I was surprised to be able to receive calls while browsing the web on Sprint's Vision. I hope this helps
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    DataPilot, anyone used it? Internet through cell phone!

    Look for my post. You need to set the cell phone to QNC "circuit mode". It is only 14.4K and uses your airtime. Packet mode will require an extra service from your mobile provider.
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    Thanks CProaudio and Odyssey for explain every darn thing I need to know.
    Cingular is the cell provider and a dialup account with CSULB.
    As for Cingular, I just have unlimitted mobil 2 mobil in the family plan (4 phones). Currently I have plenty of minutes (roll over) unuse that is why I thought of why not using those minutes for dialup while on freeway. I just need it for weather and traffic condition. While in SoCal, I don't really need those because traffic report from 1070AM and 890AM serve well. But if you go Vegas (I15) or up to NorCal (I5, I94), it's nice to know what happen if you get traffic jam. With GPS, you can find the other way around.
    I may try Odyssey method first and if that doesn't work, I may give Cingular a call to enable data plan.
    As the current condition when I dial thru DUN, the computer is dialing and the phone is making a call but the computer pop an error message (No answer) before the phone connect. If I just use the phone and connect to the ISP number, I get connected.
    I use to do this way back (1997 or so) when LA Cellulaphone still around (AT&T bought LACell later). I have one of those Motorola flip phone (analoge) and can connect to internet via laptop PCMCIA modem. Basically the Modem is connect to the tone/pulse generator and connect to the phone. The tone/pulse generator is the one that some business use for charge card machine with cellular phone. The speed is very slow (9.6K or 14.4K I don't remember fastest land line modem is 36.6K) but it served me well to use telnet to unix machine and check mail (pine) and and internet (lync).

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