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How To Turn Your LG EnV 2 Cell Phone into a portable Dial Up Modem for your Laptop (or desktop)

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We've all at somepoint had that need to use the Internet where it just hasn't been possible, such as in the car, or on vacation, where they charge a costly amount of money per hour to use their wifi. finally, I have come up with a simple way to get online no matter where you are.

There are two options to connect to the internet.

you can use your phones data service line by calling #777. please note that this will require a costly plan (for verizon an additional 60$ to your existing bill), but is the fastest plan available, giving near high speed internet

if you pay a monthly subscription for AOL, you can use their access numbers to connect to the internet. this is the cheaper and better value if you already pay the $30 a month for AOL or whatever it is. This option is miserably slow, with speeds around what i believe is 14 kbits, a slow dial up connection. with this connection, you will be able to use things like AIM and Email, but websites like facebook and youtube can take up to 5 minutes to fully load if you are lucky, and most of the time just time out (other words it gives up).

So with this being said, i will explain how to connect to verizon's service first, followed by connecting with AOL dialer, a program that comes with AOL 9.1.
 
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thejrb6 years ago
Yeah the usb cable and the internet service. Your basically using your phones internet and displaying it on a laptop screen. I also know how to get free internet on the env2 guess I'll do an instructable on it.
boiddude thejrb3 years ago
How do I go about using it to get the free internet. I had a palm treo and had to use an application on it for it to work. I would greatly be appreciative if you can help.
NT86 (author)  thejrb6 years ago
its free on the phone but when u hook it to a computer they make u subscribe to make it show up on the computer
thejrb NT866 years ago
My phone shows up just fine on my computer with nothing but the phones drivers.
j626no6 years ago
does this cost anything? sorry, i didnt have the time to read the entire 'ible...well put together from what i have read though.
NT86 (author)  j626no6 years ago
depends on if you pay monthly for AOL or Verizon's data service line.. either way its gonna cost u money unless u know of any free data lines. if you dont have an AOL subscription i would go with verizon's plan
cyrozap NT864 years ago
 myfreewirelessisp.com is what I use. It works fine. It's slow, but it's better than nothing.
cyrozap5 years ago
Bluetooth modem on VZW LG ENV2 does not work, I will try to find a solution.
cyrozap cyrozap4 years ago
 Bluetooth modem actually works, my mistake.
cyrozap5 years ago
I bet you can do this using an ENV2 (I have one) as a bluetooth modem. It would probably work the same way.
NT86 (author)  cyrozap5 years ago
never tried it, since i dont have bluetooth in my laptop, but give it a try, although the USB keeps your battery full in case you need to make a call later
cyrozap NT865 years ago
I've also tried sending AT commands over bluetooth to the cell phone modem using hyperterminal. It didn't work. I did get a response when i tried to dial using the computer, though.
cyrozap cyrozap5 years ago
According to the text that appears on my phone, "Dial-up networking service is not supported." Stupid Verizon and their locking out of phones.
cyrozap cyrozap4 years ago
 Hey, cool! I found the option on the phone to enable the data modem! Just Google it.
Rimwulf cyrozap5 years ago
try this:
http://www.myfreewirelessisp.com/ provided by SoCal.net both free NetZero provides 10 hrs free a month or unlimited with accelerator for about $5. try going here and look up others:
http://www.free-internet.name
it has lists from all over the world.
Foaly74 years ago
Does it have to be an EnV 2?
jmsmny5 years ago
I have two needs: First I need to use my phone to connect directly from my laptop to another modem. Just like my modem does with a land line. Second I have earthlink as a dial-up Internet provider, can I use my phone to connect to the Internet through earthlink?
NT86 (author)  jmsmny5 years ago
yep earthlink should work if they have dial up (which i belive is true) i dont understand ur first question though what u mean by another modem
jmsmny NT865 years ago
If I can dial into the earthlink modem, I should be able to dial into any modem correct? I currently dial directly into a bank of modems from my laptop using my land line. Once logged on to the network I have access to the computer and software that I support. There is no internet access available yet.
tfaulk265 years ago
On step 2, I was prompted for a driver. Unfortunately, I have misplaced the CD that came in the package from my provider, Verizon (I presume, CD had the driver). I could not find a driver on the internet. If someone knows - please point it out to me.
Glitch0075 years ago
You can also "share" the connection through bluetooth, if your laptop is compatible. All Mac's have built in bluetooth, from my knowledge.
NT86 (author)  Glitch0075 years ago
yeah i got an external bluetooth adapter the other day for a project with a wii remote, but yeah i think u can do it through an ad-hoc network configuration too for computers with wifi, and my comp is availible with bluetooth, i just didnt order it when i got it a year ago cuz it was an extra 80 bucks or somethin
theres a free dial up service... i forget the number... but it works just as well, you just have to use the built in dial up thing in windows... here... it might only work in nh, or new england (602)3715050