Get internet access anywhere you have a cell signal (Windows Version)

Mac OS X Version of this article is here

Required:

  • Verizon Wireless, and an LG phone that has Bluetooth
  • Windows 2000 or XP
  • A computer with Bluetooth

Following up on my earlier post on how to get internet over Bluetooth on OS X, here are the instructions for Windows. Similarly to the OS X article, the key is to get Windows to authenticate via PAP.

Here are my instructions from start to finish:

1. Make sure your vx9800 has paired via bluetooth to your PC. If you have not set this up, turn on visibility on your phone, and then in Bluetooth preferences, “Set up bluetooth device.” Follow the instructions from there. Make sure that in bluetooth settings on the vx9800, under “paired devices,” the PC Connection is enabled.

2. Make sure that 1x only is selected on your phone. To change this, click “OK” on the inside keypad to bring up the menu, then press “0″, followed by the service code “000000″. Press 3 for Network select, press 1 for Mode, choose 1x only.

3. On your PC, open Network Connections and create a new dialup connection. Use the following information:

Telephone #: #777
Account name:your10digitphonenumber@vzw3g.com
Password: vzw

4. Leave all the options at the defaults, except for the following…Open the properties for your connection, and go to the security tab. Then choose “advanced” for the security options. Leave it set for optional encryption, and then uncheck all the boxes except “unsecured password (PAP)”. Press OK and apply all settings.

5. Click Connect, and you should be able to connect to VZW’s network at 1x speeds. In my testing, this works out to about 17 KBs/sec, a huge improvement over QNC speeds.

UPDATE 5/6/08 – It seems like Verizon has further locked down their network. While the above method will still allow you to connect, you will be trapped behind VZW’s captive portal. In order to get around this, you will need to perform a seem edit on your phone. More information on seem editing (handset specific) can be found in the Verizon section of Howard Forums.

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Comments

  1. If your laptop (PC) does not have bluetooth built in, what hardware do you suggest?

  2. hey swebs,

    Any Bluetooth hardware should work. You can probably go to BestBuy/Circuit City/your local computer store and pickup a USB Bluetooth dongle for about $10-$20.

    There’s this one at BestBuy, but I’m sure you can find one a little cheaper.

  3. Do you know if you need a data plan (like NationalAccess at $59.99/month) to use this service?

  4. Hey Rob,

    You actually don’t need the data plan, that’s what makes this method so great!

    All you need is a Verizon phone that supports Bluetooth, and ideally free nights and weekends on your plan so you can get totally free minutes during those times.

  5. Bill – so just to get it straight, Verizon doesn’t charge extra for data usuage using your method?, only airtime minutes?

  6. Hey Fred,

    I’ve been using this method for over a year now, and my plan doesn’t have any sort of data feature, and I’ve never been charged for anything. There are also many other people who are using this method over at HowardForums.com, and nobody has seemed to get in any trouble. Here are some links to threads on the subject there.

    Thread 1
    Thread 2
    Thread 3

    Basically the rule of thumb is – use it when you need it, but don’t go “crazy” – ie. downloading music and movies, using it 24/7, etc. The idea is to keep your traffic relatively low, if you cause this massive spike, your account will probably get audited.

    Hope this clears things up.

  7. Thanks for the info.. however I get Error 692: …

    Is there any detail on the modem settings? My vvx9800 only allows 3 min. of bluetooth visibility..

    Thoughts?

  8. Bill,
    I have the same issue as nick. I get a modem error code of 692. Can you offer some advice?

  9. Hey guys,

    I’m not sure what’s causing your error 692, but I suggest you look for some more information over on Howard Forums. It’s a great resource for cellphone power users.

  10. mark-in-gr says:

    Bill,

    I was missing how to force a 1x connection on my phone. Thanks for the information on that!

    Now I can connect to the 1x system for free like I have for years (and before I got an EvDO phone, the LG VX8600).

    One problem I’m having, though: after connecting to the 1x system, it immediately disconnects me! Any suggestions on setting to keep the connection open long enough to allow my laptop to check e-mail?

  11. Mark,

    I think what you’re missing is changing the authentication type (step 4 above). If you don’t change it, you will get immediately disconnected.

    If you already did #4 and still have problems, leave another comment and I’ll see if I can help.

    - Bill

  12. Hey bill,
    I tried to connect and I got a bad username/password message.I followed all of the instructions and I could not connect. Please help

    Thanks,
    alec

  13. Hey Bill,
    I also get the username/password message. My PC dials my phone correctly and then I get the message. Any ideas?

  14. Alec and Phil,

    Make sure you have included the “@vzw3g.com” on the end of your username, and that your password is all lowercase “vzw”.

    - Bill

  15. BILL LAE says:

    I have a Motorola KRZR, Bill. Can this be made to work with this type cell phone? I have Verizon as my server. Thanks. Bill Lae

  16. BILL LAE says:

    e mail to you 3/3/08

  17. Bill Lae,

    Unfortunately Verizon has updated and further locked down their firmware since I wrote this post. In order to get this hack working with the latest Verizon phones, I believe you have to perform a seem edit to enable editing of the WAP servers.

    Checkout Howard Forums for a wealth of information about seem editing and enabling free WAP on the newest Verizon phones.

  18. How to get connected to internet by configuring in the laptop

  19. bill dixon says:

    what about going the other way, say for instance, getting my treo 700w to work off the internet from my lap top via bluetooth?

  20. how can i set up a wireless internet service provider network using ip phone as cpe devices

  21. how can i set up a wireless internet service provider network using ip phone as cpe devices

  22. this sounds really interesting – i am going to attempt to set this up and see how it works at home. Thanks for sharing this.

  23. this sounds really interesting – i am going to attempt to set this up and see how it works at home. Thanks for sharing this.

  24. Dj Mc Joe says:

    hello guys!rn i need your help on how i can get free internet connection using my phone G.P.R.S network by paring my laptop with the bluetooth connection or using USB connection to my laptop. how can i then use free service?rnI need a connection that can work any where in the world. Pls i really need your reply

  25. Dj Mc Joe says:

    hello guys!
    i need your help on how i can get free internet connection using my phone G.P.R.S network by paring my laptop with the bluetooth connection or using USB connection to my laptop. how can i then use free service?
    I need a connection that can work any where in the world. Pls i really need your reply

  26. Is there any detail on the modem settings? My vvx9800 only allows 3 min. of bluetooth visibility..

  27. s there any detail on the modem settings? My vvx9800 only allows 3 min. of bluetooth visibility..

  28. s there any detail on the modem settings? My vvx9800 only allows 3 min. of bluetooth visibility..

  29. s there any detail on the modem settings? My vvx9800 only allows 3 min. of bluetooth visibility..

  30. I can get online just by having my laptop next to a window to a few connections out there including one that is secured but I’d like to have my own so I can do banking. US Cellular tells me I need to buy a router box (I have one that came with my laptop) and then the USB little connector then pay them $69 a month for service. I don’t understand why I need to have the router box instead of just plugging in the little USB connector and when I go to AT&T to read up on it every thing seems confusing, no one has answered my questions. Thanks

  31. I can get online just by having my laptop next to a window to a few connections out there including one that is secured but I'd like to have my own so I can do banking. US Cellular tells me I need to buy a router box (I have one that came with my laptop) and then the USB little connector then pay them $69 a month for service. I don't understand why I need to have the router box instead of just plugging in the little USB connector and when I go to AT&T to read up on it every thing seems confusing, no one has answered my questions. Thanks

  32. I need your help on how I can get free internet access using my phone cut GPRS network with my laptop via Bluetooth or USB connection to my laptop. How can I then use the free service?nI need a connection that can work anywhere in the world. Pls I really need your answer

  33. I need your help on how I can get free internet access using my phone cut GPRS network with my laptop via Bluetooth or USB connection to my laptop. How can I then use the free service?
    I need a connection that can work anywhere in the world. Pls I really need your answer

  34. does this charge if you have verizon?

  35. does this charge if you have verizon?

  36. Any Bluetooth hardware should work.

  37. Ichi Dan Kuro Obi says:

    To you! from a good citizen

    I think u must make a website for cellphone smart subscriber a free access w/o charging you know how to do that?

  38. spaceman_19 says:

    hayz

  39. Spaceman_19 says:

    i don’t no  how to use it help me…..

  40. I tried it and it worked but it was very slow,  still it was free, and I love free stuff.

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