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Thanks for the comments T.C.!
I finally got around to doing some research on this yesterday (I'm considering purchasing a new laptop and was looking for wireless solutions), and found some information on the AT&T; site here:
You can check to see if your mobile device is supported and what type of connection is available from your phone to your laptop (USB, Bluetooth, serial). Here is a list of of phones that can be tethered with AT&T;: http://tinyurl.com/32l2ob
And as T.C. mentioned, they do have a service called Laptop Connect, and they offer different rate plans, listed here:http://tinyurl.com/24tpot
I'm still looking around, so I'll keep you updated.
Teathering, bluetooth and infrared are all possible solutions.
Cingular allowed data packages for some phones to connect laptops, may still do. think it was called laptop connect and could be added to many plans.
I actually used a motorola t720 to connect a mac and pc back in 2002 i think.
fatboy, what type of phone do you have?
i and i am sure a lot of us thank you. yes i will check also on tethering but its worth a try. i've heard of tether ball, lol.thanks for the info
fatboy - It depends on the phone you have and your cell phone provider's terms on data usage. I know that there had been an application available to tether an Internet connection from the iPhone, but Apple soon removed it from the App Store. I know some people still do it though, after jailbreaking their iPhones. Lifehacker.com has a tutorial on it here: Use your iPhone's Internet connection on your laptop Just be aware, you'll need to check with AT&T, it may not be allowed in their policy terms of service. This may be why Apple took down the app.
I found some information online, here is one link that talks about how to tether: ehow.com
Once again, you'll want to check with your provider. I think I read somewhere that TMobile allows tethering, but will not provide support. I'll see if I can find more information on that and AT&T's policy for you.
cj- here is a ?.is it better to get a usb ATT wireless internet thingy for the laptop or is it true u can link up with your cell PHONE?!?!i dont want all these fees for the same type of serivce on every device. i use a laptop a lot on the road but have internet on the phone and at home. if you are able to say how to then i would like to know. thanks