Mobile phone as modem
After my recent scare, I’ve decided I definitely want to enable myself to connect through the ‘phone, and I’ve been playing with using the mobile phone as modem. That, I assumed, should be straightforward from home while I have my normal connectivity: first go online with the phone via my home wifi, then connect the phone to a computer by USB.
I’ve been through each of those steps before now. When I plug in the USB cable, the phone offers a choice of four connection modes. So this time, instead of my customary “mass storage” I selected “Connect PC to Web”. Unfortunately neither OpenSolaris nor MacOS responded by finding a network device, so I guess I have to look for drivers. So much for never having to look “under the hood” in a modern OS 😦
Moving to Bluetooth (only the Mac has the hardware for that), I hit a different snag. The Mac doesn’t want to use the ‘net connection I’ve set up on the ‘phone. Instead, it prompts for my credentials from a GPRS provider. Seems it’ll only use the phone as a dumb modem 😦
Guess I still have some RTFM to do before forking out to subscribe to a service.