Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Use My Phone as Modem

Most modems are service provider specific. In Kenya for instance, you need a Safaricom modem for your safaricom sim-card, and a different modem for Aitel , Orange or any other service provider. Purchasing the modems cost money. Why not just use your phone as a modem?

As the major service providers change their prices every so often to deal with the tough competition they face, the customers are left changing from one provider to the next in search of the cheapest and most reliable deal for their internet needs.
How to use Phone as Modem
But it is insane to keep buying a new modem every time a new offer comes up. It is way much easier to just use your phone and change the sim-cards accordingly. It even makes more sense if the phone you are using supports twin sim.

Unlocking

Before I found out how to use my phone as modem, I was using a Safaricom Modem. This I did not buy; I got it as an offer when I bought my Dell Inspiron Netbook from one of their outlets. Using safaricom internet bundles was too expensive for me. I bought a Yu modem and only used it for a month. It turned out to be way too slow.

Unlocking a modem is an option, but I never had any success with that.

Tethering to an Android Smartphone

Though I am sure that it can be done in phones using other operating systems, I use an android smartphone. It is very easy to do it by just activating the USB tethering option. I've realized that using the phone makes use of the mobile data which is way much cheaper than modem data.

The only challenge I have is that I have found several missed calls made while my phone is connected to the USB. Though I have no problem making calls myself, I still don't understand why some of my incoming calls fail to get through.

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