Re: Looking for a smartphone to use with wifi. No cell service.
I'm still a little behind the latest technology, and I could be misunderstanding your objective, but I assume that there is wifi already available at the two locations you mentioned: home & cafè, and just the same as I can access the Internet with my laptop when situated in some or other 'wifi-hotspot', without my own ISP, your ambitions are to similarly access existing local wifi services, (not mobile broadband) from your phone?
Originally Posted by weasel fierce
I hope that's the right idea, and apologise if I'm off-target.
I do have an aircard for my laptop now, which lets me access mobile broadband through an ISP. That's already built into modern mobile phones. Before that, around a year ago, I went looking for an aircard and accidentally snalled up some little ZyXEL external USB wifi modem that DOES NOT do mobile broadband, but DOES do local wifi, (which is already builtin to my laptop, but it has a nice little cable and an adaptor so I can dangle the dongle out the window if my hotel room is a long way from the reception and I need the extra reception that the little laptop can't manage on her own.
So, if there was a way for you to pick up one of these external modems, and an adaptor cable to go from standard USB to the correct plug for your phone's USB socket, you might possibly have some luck with accessing the Internet using the local service rather than an ISP.
I'm probably off on some wild goose chase here, but if not, it would be worth having the correct cable to connect your phone to USB beforehand (***which might require the purchase of a new cable if you buy the phone second-hand***), and then test out the modem in the computer shop to make sure it does what you require before you spend all that money (probably around $20-30 I'd guess) on some external local wifi adaptor.
*** Thinking poste-post, It would actually be the standard USB socket, (not the plug) that you'd need at the far end so that the USB wifi adaptor would plug in, and I dont think that Nokia et al. provide that sort of thing with new phones either. Maybe the plug, but NOT the socket.
Last edited by Sean Moran; December 14th, 2010 at 10:42 AM.
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