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I live in a place with inconsistent internet.   I have MetroPCS phone service, which always works. Can't I get an internet connection from my phone? If so, which phone do I need to purchase?
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by:RaiderNationDelegate
ID: 39876027
p.s. I am not talking about getting internet on my  phone. I already have that. What I want is for my phone to be a transmitter so that my laptop can connect to the internet.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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What phone do you have right now?
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ibrahim52 earned 336 total points
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You need a simple android based phones which is cheap and available anywhere and make sure it is a bit latest in model so it supports HOTSPOT service through which either you can use the phone 3G/Internet on your laptop through Wi-Fi, bluetooth or USB.
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by:bbao
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It depends on the connection options available to your phone and the laptop, such as USB, BlueTooth or even infra-red.

What's your phone model and laptop model?
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by:masnrock
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Since you already have a data plan for your phone, you just need a phone that supports working as a hotspot. Once you've done that, you just need to turn on the hotspot feature on your phone, and it'll create a wifi network that your laptop will be able to connect to.
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by:RaiderNationDelegate
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The phone is a Samsung SCH-R720.  My laptop is a Lenov0 T410. I may also have a T420.  The phone recognizes the wifi connection where I am living.  This is not what I want, however. I want the laptop to be able to pick up wifi anywhere the phone has a connection (assuming this is possible).   As mentioned, I need to purchase a new phone - just need to know of one that will work with MetroPCS.
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by:RaiderNationDelegate
ID: 39884687
Also, if phone is acting as a hotspot, will I need a physical connection cable, or some sort of card for the computer?
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by:bbao
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> Also, if phone is acting as a hotspot, will I need a physical connection cable, or some sort of card for the computer?

no.

> The phone is a Samsung SCH-R720.  My laptop is a Lenov0 T410. I may also have a T420.

although WiFi is probably the most easy way to connect the laptops and the phone, BlueTooth should be another cordless choice.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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You may experience problems with your phone as it is a budget phone, I do not think it has the capability to create a wireless hotspot, correct me if I'm wrong.
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by:RaiderNationDelegate
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"You may experience problems with your phone as it is a budget phone, I do not think it has the capability to create a wireless hotspot, correct me if I'm wrong."

Thank you, Sikhumbuzo.  At this point, I suppose it would be a good investment to get a quality phone.  I drive the I5 corridor in CA and pass thru towns like Orland, Willows, etc.  Long distance in between towns and, even in town, wifi is a bit scarce.  So it would be a huge convenience to be able to pull over anywhere I get a phone connection and be able to pull up the internet.

At any rate, does anyone have a recommendation as far as a quality phone for Metro? What I DO NOT want to do is to pay $289 for a phone that has some gadgets, but for which there's a $79 equivalent.
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by:RaiderNationDelegate
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Thank you
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