Introduction: How to Turn Your LG EnV 2 Cell Phone Into a Portable Dial Up Modem for Your Laptop (or Desktop)
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.
Step 1: Some Things You'll Need
you will need
An LG En V 2 (I'm sure you can replace this with any other phone as long as it can be used as a modem, check with your provider to see if your phone can be used as a modem)
A Compatible USB Data Cable (LG EnV 2 uses a USB to Micro USB cable, which is availible online at websites like Newegg. This cable interface is newer, so it may be hard to find in stores.
A Laptop, Preferably with vista, or you will have to hunt the drivers down on the Internet. i believe Verizon has a driver and USB cable combo for a reasonable price
The driver (as mentioned above) vista will find it for you automatically
Step 2: Connect the Phone
Connect the Phone to the computer.
on the EnV2, you have two interface modes: Music or Data
Step 3: Go to Network and Sharing Center and Do the Following
Go to the start menu, and choose network. in the network window, on the teal looking toolbar, click network and sharing center.
When the network and sharing center comes up, you will see several options on the left. choose set up a connection or network.
a wizard will come up with several choices. choose connect to the internet.
If you are already connected to the internet, you will want to choose set up new connection anyway.
choose create a new connection if it asks if you want to use any existing connections. you will now have 3 options: wireless, PPPoE, or Dial Up. choose Dial Up.
now in most conditions, your laptop already is equipped with a dial up modem, so you will want to choose the one that looks like your phone name, with the EnV 2, you will want to select LGE USB MODEM.
now you will have 3 boxes to fill in, a phone number, you username, and a password.
In the phone number box type in #777 including the pound sign.
in the username box, type in your cell phone's number, followed by @vzw.com
and in the password box, type in: vzw
name your connection, select wheter you want to save the password, and whether you want other people to use the connection.
when your ready to go, click connect at the bottom of the box. if you are successful, it will tell you you are connected. if you arent, then go back and make sure you typed certain things right.
Step 4: Open You Web Browser for a Suprise
so you look to the bottom right, you are amazed to see that the internet icon is in fact present. So in excitement you open your web browser, and then all excitement changes to fury when you discover that you need to pay $59.99 a month in addition to your existing bill. you have two options: you can click the subscribe button in the browser, or you can use your AOL account to get a slower but working internet connection. i recommend subscribing if you dont pay for AOL.
Step 5: Install AOL If You Don't Already Have It
please note that you need to pay for AOL to use the desktop service with dial up, so if you arent already an AOL customer, just go for the $60 a month, its at least 10 times faster.
go to aol.com and install aol 9.1 or 10 depending on what you prefer.
with AOL 9.1 theres a tool called AOL dialer. AOL dialer is a dial up connection tool that connects you to the internet without having to use the full version of AOL. great if you are using an external web browser such as firefox or internet explorer, or AIM, MS Outlook, or anything else that gets u online.
Step 6: Set Up Your Preferences
AOL software should help you through the process, and automatically detect which modem is connected, which hopefully you are not tethered to a land line phone jack when you go online. open AOL dialer from the AOL folder or the system tray. first step here is to look for access numbers. type in your area code, and choose the numbers that are in cities closest to you. if you are outside of your area, you will still be able to use the numbers that would normally be local, although i believe this is much slower. for now i will show you how to connect your phone to the same area code as your cell's origin.
choose 2 or 3 access numbers from the list and set the appropriate settings for call waiting and voice mail. put in your AOL screen name and password, and click sign on. if all goes right, it takes approximately 3 minutes for the AOL server to connect you. once you are connected, start off simple by starting something like AIM.
i am not a big AOL expert, so basically, if it doesn't work, just keep messing with the settings to see what works.
you should be able to use the standard version of AOL with your phone also.
Step 7: Click Sign On
once you click sign on, you phone will awake from its idle process and show DATACALL on the screen along with the number, the call duration, and 2 meters that show data transfer.
aol will do its usual dial up thing that you should be familiar with if you have been paying for it over the years. if it doesnt connect, try again; sometimes it times out. it usually takes me 3 minutes to connect.
unfortunately this is all i can explain, but it should work, and AOL software is usually good with figuring out anything that i missed, and if you have questions, i am willing to answer.