Connect to internet from your computer using mobile GPRS modem

Many of you have GPRS enabled phones (that which allows you to connect to net in the mobile), and some of you would have got mobile internet plan. So, that’s ok, but how do you use it to connect to the Internet from your computer?

Well there are softwares (like Nokia PC Suite and Sony Ericsson’s likewise), which allow you to connect to net. But sometimes, like in my case, it can be a bit annoying using these softwares. However there’s a way to do so manually.

Firstly, connect your phone with the computer using either bluetooth or usb cable. Now you must make sure that the modem driver is installed in the computer. For that, you must check out the bluetooth property, if you’re connected via bluetooth, check out the properties of the desired phone, go to services and check whether the modem is ticked(installed). If not, tick it and it’ll install automatically. But in some cases, like nokia phones, there are no windows drivers available. So install them using nokia pc suite, and then do the afore mentioned steps.

Next step is to create a new connection. For that, go to Network and Sharing Centre(in Vista, in XP it’s Network), set up a new connection(Connect to the Internet), ┬áselect new connection, then select the , modem from the list(i hope you can figure it out in XP), then leave the username and password blank, while in number box, enter : *99***x#, where x can be any no ranging from 2-9. Then the connection is set up and wallah, you are connected to the Internet using your mobile phone.

Right now i’m connected to the net using this method, I’m using Sony Ericsson K750i, and connected using bluetooth. I use BSNL postpaid service, which has an unlimited download GPRS plan for Rs199/month. It’s quite good, and using a better phone (like the Nokia E51, which I so disgraciously lost ­čśŽ ), you can much much better speeds, sometimes reaching 25Kbps(well, it’s quite an achievement for gprs!). Though not in comparison to Reliance internet and others like it, it still makes up to be a good choice.

Any queries and suggestions, please do drop in a comment. I’ll keep updating this post as I hope to try connecting using the mobile in Ubuntu.┬á

**The OS i’m using is Windows Vista, though it’s almost the same in Windows7….