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Motorola Phone Tools (Internet)

I bought a Motorola V220 Triband mobile phone that has a USB port that can connect to my laptop.

I needed to purchase Motorola Mobile Phone Tools software from Amazon.com that came with a CD and a cable for $0.85 and $5.00 shipping.

I use the same phone for voice calls in Europe and in the USA and when I am on the boat out of WiFi range I connect it to the laptop for Internet access.

To use the GPRS service for internet access, you usually need to sign up for this with the service provider. In Italy, for instance, the have an after hours web service called Maxi Web Time Recharge for 25 per month.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Mar-2008

TIM Maxi Web Time Recharge GPRS Access (Internet)

Vodafone Mobile Connect (Internet)

You can buy a PCMCIA card (PC card) complete with SIM card, that will fit onto a slot on your laptop and provide internet connectivity via the mobile phone GPRS General Packet Radio Service in most countries where GSM phone service is available.

This system works fine and requires minimum setup, but you are paying for an additional mobile phone service even though you most likely already have a GSM mobile phone that you use for voice calls.

A more cost effective solution might be to get a GSM mobile phone that can connect to your laptop via a USB cable and, with some interface software, be used in exactly the same way. The advantage is that you can use the same phone and SIM card and service for voice calls and for internet access.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Mar-2008