ISP Review - The Mobile Internet

ISP Review looks at wireless Internet access usng a mobile phone

The Mobile Internet
By Mark 'Winter' Jackson : Aug 30th-2002 : Page 1 of 7

"Providing your mobile has at least some WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) capabilities built into it then it’ll also have its own modem"


Every moment of every day our bodies are being penetrated by the invisible electromagnetic waves of modern man made communication methods. What started with mores code has expanded to mobile phones and now Internet access. If wireless communications were the ocean then we’d be drowning.

There are many different types of both fixed (IEEE 802.11b LAN) and mobile (mobile phone) wireless communications. The one we’re going to look at today involves turning any WAP, GPRS or HSCD capable mobile phone into a reasonably effective remote modem for your PDA, Laptop or Desktop PC/MAC.

My mobile phone is a modem?

Providing your mobile has at least some WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) capabilities built into it then it’ll also have its own modem for communicating with basic Internet protocols. WAP, after all, is a rather rough Internet access standard for mobile phones.

Unfortunately WAP itself is relatively useless, yet its existence has introduced the requirement for most modern mobiles to come complete with a built-in modem.

What do you need and why?

Sadly not every PDA, Laptop or Desktop computer can work with this method, although most should. The hardware we used is listed below:

Modem Equipped Mobile Phone:
Most semi-modern mobiles come complete with an internal modem for WAP access. Note that some pre-WAP phones also have this, although we can’t guarantee their effectiveness.

Generally any mobile supporting WAP, GPRS or HSCD (Orange Hi-Speed Data) should be fine because these are all technologies designed with Internet protocols in mind. Note that the mobile should also have an IrDA port or Bluetooth support. IrDA is common on next to all mobiles.

USED IN TEST = Nokia 7650


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