Wireless access to AOL by use of a mobile device to connect your laptop

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Wireless access to AOL by use of a mobile device to connect your laptop

Currently, some providers such as Sprint PCS, offer wireless access to the Internet and the AOL service through some of their products. Wireless access to the Internet varies by provider and includes some of the following services:

- Wireless telephone with built in modem
- Wireless telephone used with a modem
- PCMCIA card wireless modem

Please contact your wireless provider to see if Internet access is available and for additional instructions.

For more information, please visit the Wireless Resource Center at AOL Keyword: AOL Mobile. On the Internet, please visit http://mobile.aol.com.

Connect your laptop to your mobile phone

So you want to surf the Internet wirelessly! The good news is that it is possible, and easier than ever. There are numerous kits available to connect your cellular phone to your laptop. You can get kits from your cell phone provider.

You'll need a digital cellular phone to work with these kits. Most phones sold since 2000 are digital. Digital cell phones, also known as PCS phones, have built-in functionality that converts them to a wireless modem when they are plugged into a computer or handheld computer.

Wireless connection speeds are awfully slow at 14.4 Kbps. That's about one quarter the speed you'd get on a modem that dials up the Internet through a phone line. However it means you can access the Internet from anywhere there is a digital cellular phone signal.

Once you've installed your kit according to the manufacturer's instructions, you'll need to set up your AOL software to recognize your cell phone as the "modem".

To connect to the AOL service using your cellular phone using AOL 9.0 Security Edition:
1. On the Sign On screen, click the Connect Options button.
2. Click the Advanced Settings button.
3. On the Advanced Settings screen, click the Modems tab.
4. Click the Find Modem button.
5. Select your cellular phone connection (the connection kit instructions should have this information) from the list, then click the Next button.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your connection.

To connect to the AOL service using your cellular phone using AOL 9.0 Optimized or AOL 9.0 Optimized SE/LE:
1. On the Sign On screen, click the Sign On Options button.
2. Click the Add Modem button.
3. If your modem is found, click it one time to highlight it, then click the Next button. If it isn't listed, click the Redetect Devices button.
4. Select your cellular phone connection (the connection kit instructions should have this information) from the list, then click the Next button.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your connection.

To connect to the AOL service using your cellular phone using AOL 8.0 or lower:
1. On the Sign On screen, click the Setup button.
2. Click the Add Modem button. The AOL software will search for your modem.
3. Select your cellular phone connection (the connection kit instructions should have this information) from the list, then click the Next button.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your connection.

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Last updated: 08-11-2011
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