Far from your a hot-spot, an airport or your favorite latte joint? No problem. Now connecting to the internet using your cell phone as a modem is a reality. A high-speed reality, that is. Some carriers didn't even allow it up to a few months ago as they believed it may detract from their PC data cards they sell with data service. Now most carriers offer this feature, even though only Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless are the ones offering it at high speeds and with a custom-made plan.
Let's start with Verizon. The name of the plan is BroadBandAccess Connect. It is currently priced at $59.99. A USB data cable and software are also needed. Verizon has disable connectivity through a Bluetooth connection, so even if in theory you could connect wirelessly, the phone won't. Verizon Wireless phones allowing for EV-DO Broadband access are the Motorola E815, Razr V3c, LG VX8100 VX9800 as well as the Blackberry 7130e (all offered by 1800mobiles.com, see right end recommended products).
Sprint PCS went even further. Not only have they allowed broad band connection of your PC through your cell phone. But it is also cheaper than their regular PC card data plan. Although you should check the most updated rates, at the time of this article, Sprint PCs offers a PC Card plan at $79.99 for unlimited data, whereas you can connect for $49.99 by using your cell phone instead. Also unlimited usage. If you are a light user, $39.99/month will buy you 40MB. A cell phone data cable and software are also required. Software downlods can be downloaded for free at http://www.sprint.com/downloads. All you need is a Sprint Vision phone; all of Vision phones are modem capable, see a few ones on our right end recommended products bar.
Note: Advertised connection rates are of 700 Kbps/sec. Our tests show connections of around 500 Kbps/sec, even though it may have been depending on the test area coverage.