I'm beginning to read more about this, and I'd like to know if I can buy one of these PCMIA or USB adapters that some cellphone providers sell to access the internet using their network from your laptop, and start exploring how the network looks like. I was thinking mostly of using my laptop as my "cellphone" just for the fun of it. My cellphone provider is Telus and it uses both CDMA and EVDO (EVDO not being available everywhere in Quebec, but it is almost everywhere where I live). I'm not sure if Telus sells adapters for computers, but I can see there are a couple of very cheap ones on ebay from Alltel, for CDMA & EVDO. Does it really change something, or can I buy one from a different cellphone provider, as long as it supports the same type of network? Is there any particular card I should take a look at? Thanks.
Simple answer: IF EVDO is not available, then you go on 1x internet, max speed 24.5kpbs. Yes you can buy another PCMCIA/USB adapter from another company not Telus as long as it's CDMA. But you can not get it to work legally under Telus network because the ESN of the device will not be in their database and they will not activate it. You are not exploring the network. For the love of god, EVDO is in CDMA.
Telus should sell adapters AFAIK. If not, Look into Phone Tetering, and disable NAI. And yes it does change alot; if the ESN is not in the database, Telus will not activate.
Another thing which may be useful: My contract ends in like two months, and I'm going to buy a new phone with the new contract. My current phone is a Motorola RAZR V3C, which seems to have its own website dedicated to hacking it. I have no idea if I could install something else on it, connect it to my computer with the USB cable, and use it as a way of accessing the network.
EDIT: I moved this topic to the Phreaking section of the forums, it seems more related to that than General Hacking.
Motorola Phone tools does a good job for "Dialing" from the PC/sending txt messages. You can tether by installing drivers from your V3c and using it as a modem.
Are the adapters made by cellphone companies lock to their companies, and is it possible to unlock them if they are locked? What are the technical limitations to buying one from another company?
There's this one which is dirt cheap on eBay.
I want to take a look at the universal adapters you're talking about, do you have any model name in mind?
P.S.: I want to use my laptop as a phone, using the service I have with my real cellphone. I would maybe consider buying a data plan later, and I will be cautious not to use the internet connection provided by my cellphone provider, they charge atrocious prices.
dinscurge: My cellphone provider has a mixed CMDA and EVDO network, other companies that use GSM networks are more expensive here. I don't necessarily care about the network speed, I mostly care about accessing the network as if I was my phone, but using my laptop.
Yes these things are sold locked, with an 6 digit MSL. You need that to access internal parts of the software. You will also need more external software needed to edit them properly to load things such as the PRL, and programming. Can you unlock them; sure but if I'm having to explain this to you; you obviously have no idea how to do so. Technical limitations are the limits of your knowledge as well as software support. If you just want to use your laptop as a "phone" use fucking skype or magicjack or motorola phone tools.
There ya go. You're not hacking anything, etc etc stop the skiddie talk.