Posted 16 December 2005 - 09:48 AM
It is theoretically possible, I have done it with a laptop and a cellphone via a usb cable, but it is slow. You must have a data account over and above the regular telephone service as rigel mentioned. Right now the best option if you just want occasional Internet access away from home, work, school is wi-fi. If it is just getting e-mail, many cell phones can receive e-mails, palm and blackberry are particularly strong in this regard.
Advantages to cell phone Internet access
1 Wider range than wi-fi
1 Hard to set up
3 very slow
4 limited coverage, outside larger cities forget it
There are cell phone cards you can buy that plug into the laptops pc slot that are easier to set up, but other issues remain. In the next 2-3 years, ha they have been saying this for the last 5 years at least, this should all change.
Right now the easiest way is find a wi-fi hot spot. Most towns have coffee shops, hotels, McDonalds, bookstores, etc. that allow you to connect to Internet. A growing number of areas have wi-fi clouds over a city or a part of town that allow public access.
Advantages to wi-fi
1 usually free
2 close to broadband speeds
3 easy to set up
1 limited coverage area, tho many smaller cities and in certain states rest stops have wi-fi