Cell phone as modem, where to find phone number of ISP

By yuksula ·
Cell phone as modem, where to find phone number of ISP
Hi all,

I'm trying to use my flashed LG Venus VX8800 MetroPCS cell phone (through Metro PCS) as a modem for my laptop.

However, I'm having trouble finding the phone number of my ISP. (Am I supposed to use my actually phone number?) My user name would be my phone number and my password would be what I use to access my account online, right?

I tried looking for the info on my phone, but can't find it. Does anyone know anything about all this? I do have both my phone and computers paired up and connected to each other through bluetooth. So that's a good start, eh?

Thanks for your time!

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Use your cell phone as a modem

You're stuck with the laptop in the land of no Internet, but you've got unlimited minutes or a great data plan on your cell phone. What to do? Plug that phone into your laptop, of course, and get to surfing! This week we'll turn a cell phone into a modem that will get you online even when there's not a wifi hotspot, landline or ethernet jack in sight. While specific setups will vary depending on your phone, plan and carrier's software, turning my Sprint PCS phone into a wireless modem for surfing on the go was just about as easy as pie.
What you'll need

1. A PC or Mac
2. A CDMA phone
3. A phone to computer data cable

Let's get started.

First, plug the phone into your computer using an USB data cable. My Samsung came with the cable in the box. If yours didn't, do a quick search for the cable that fits your phone model on Froogle or Cellular Factory.

Windows knows you just plugged in something new and wants to know what it is, so the Add New Hardware wizard appears, eager to get the question settled. If you're lucky, your phone came with a handy CD that contains your drivers. I wasn't so lucky, so I had to Google up the drivers for my particular phone model, install them, and then point the Wizard in the driver's direction on my hard drive. Once Windows says, "Oh hey Samsung [or insert your model here] CDMA modem," you're practically there. My Mac (running Tiger) recognized the phone as a modem right away.

Next you'll need connection software provided by your carrier. Again this might be on that CD that came with your phone, or you can download it from your plan's web site. Me, I grabbed the Sprint PCS Connection Manager for phone as Modem software from the Sprint site. Once that baby was installed, it was a matter of hitting the "Go" button and I was online using Sprint's data network at 230k (translation: slower than broadband but way faster than dial up.) Of course, depending on your location, plan and service, your mileage may vary.

If you don't have connection software or you're on a Mac (and the software isn't available for you), simply enter the phone number for your mobile phone's network in the modem's dial up properties. Sprint's data network number is #777; check with your provider for your details if you've got a data plan. Alternately, you can dial into an AOL or NetZero or Earthlink account as well for regular old 56k dialup speeds.

How To Use a Bluetooth Enabled Cell Phone

When no other means of connecting to the internet is available, mobile workers can use their blue tooth enabled cell phone as a modem.
An advantage to using blue tooth is your phone can remain in your laptop carrying case or pocket and blue tooth does not require direct line of sight connection.
If your laptop is not already blue tooth enabled, you can purchase a USB blue tooth adapter.

Here's How:

1. Turn on the Bluetooth enabled cell phone and turn on the Bluetooth connection software.
2. Make the phone discoverable.
3. In Windows XP on the laptop go to My Bluetooth Places.
4. Select View Devices in Range.
5. After the discovery process is complete you should see the icon for the cell phone.
6. Right-click on the icon and select Discover Available Services.
7. To connect to your cell phone right-click on the Dial-Up Networking.
8. Select Connect Dial-up networking.
9. The phone will ask if you want to accept the connection request, decline or add to paired.
10. The last step pairs the phone and laptop and performs the connection request.
11. You will be prompted to enter a PIN code to pair up the devices, the PIN is entered in the cell phone.
12. A dialogue box appears asking for user name, password and the phone number of your ISP.
13. Click on the dial button to complete the connection.


1. To find devices in range you can click the Bluetooth menu and select Search for devices or open Entire Bluetooth Neighborhood and press F5.
2. Pairing a phone and laptop will ensure the connection can be established whenever you require it and you don?t have to go through the set-up process each time. If you do not pair the two devices you will have to make the phone discoverable each time.

What You Need:

* Bluetooth enabled cell phone
* Bluetooth enabled laptop

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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