The next time you find yourself in B.F.E. without internet access here’s what you do. Call up your cell carrier and tell them that you’re interested in the “internet on the phone thingy” for your phone (playing dumb helps). Express that you’re not sure you’ll like it so you’d like to try it for a month free, they’ll oblige. If you have a Bluethooth enabled phone this trick will impress, if you don’t have BT then you’ll need the “usb-to-whatever cell phone you have” cable. The Motorola Razr uses a plain mini-usb cable which is cool. You won’t need any account info or passwords from the representative on the phone. They’ll tell you to download special software to make this happen, you won’t, but just play along.
Next you’ll turn bluetooth on from the menu bar. Then sync your phone with the Mac. I had to change the name of my phone to “XXCHOCOLATE” to get my “Verizon locked down phone” to work. Open “Internet Connect” and select the Bluetooth tab.
Use: #777 as your number to dial
Use: YourCellNumber@vsw3g.com for Account Name.
Use: “vzw” as password
Click Connect. You’ll see the screen of your cellphone show RX and TX activity. Try and set the handset in spot with good reception. I was able to get some pretty good downlaod/upload speeds using speedtest.net
Not bad for being in the middle of nowhere with no cable or dsl to speak of. I can’t say it’s worth the $49.99 a month they wanted, maybe $19.99.
Note: Later I tested the Verizon “VZ Access Manager” and had a good experience with it. Advantage of using Verizons manager is a nifty graph of your current speeds and it will reconnect automatically if the signal is lost.