Moto V551: Using as a dial up modem

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  1. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I have a Motorola V551 and a bluetooth USB adapter on my iBook. Using BT to transfer data between the iBook and phone works fine. However, I'd like to setup my computer and phone so when I'm on vacation, I can use my phone as a modem. My university provides us with free dial up, so that, plus free nights and weekends through Cingular means that if I'm not home, I can still surf the web (very slowly).

    So Ive been messing around with it on my PowerMac trying to get it to work. I tried going through the wizard, and when I go to Internet Connect to have it dial, I get this error:
    "Failed to open an RFCOMM serial channel. Check if authenticication needs to be enabled in your device."

    Thanks
     
  2. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    You need to pay for this service through Cingular.

    Also, it will be VERY slow and if you exceed the bandwith limit or if you use it for too long then Cingular may do stuff like turn that feature off, etc.
     
  3. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    You have to go through your cell phone privider to get online. You can't just go on liek you would with a computer. Plus it's extremly sloooowww.
     
  4. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

    yg17

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    Thats for GSM or whatever its called, correct? I'm talking about dialing a regular phone number that is an ISP access number, wouldn't that just take away from your plan's monthly minutes (or count towards free nights and weekends)?
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Cingular may have blocked normal data calls (14.4k analog) through your phone to make you pay for their data access plan.
     
  6. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    Oh, you meant the calling THROUGH your phone? I have news for you - sending mail through the postal service is basically faster than trying to send an email through a cell phone, and since Cingular offers it of up to speeds of over 110 KBPS (doubt it...), its better just to use that.

    Also, just buy a wireless card and snoop around for a hotspot...
     
  7. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I dont think its got anything to do with Cingular so far, I can't even get the phone to dial. I click connect and the phone doesn't do anything.
     

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