Can I use my AT&T USB connect device with a cell phone to make calls?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by gotstano, May 4, 2009.

  1. gotstano

    gotstano Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2008
    Likes Received:
    I have an AT&T USB connect device for my laptop, but no cell phone plan. How do I go about using this little device to operate a cell phone? I have an old Nextel Blackberry. Can I unlock it and use it somehow?
    Do I need to go online and purchase (OR a pawnshop for that matter) an AT&T proprietary phone and unlock it?
    Surely there must be a Chinese manufacturing company that makes an unlocked phone that my module slides right in for calling?
    How can I make this work besides using Skype on my laptop, which is how I currently make calls.
    Thanks in advance
  2. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Likes Received:
    is this USB COnnect something that gives your computer net access, or one that tethers your phone to the computer, allowing the phone to act as a modem for the laptop?

    Pretty much either route requires a paid plan for the usb device or a tethering plan for your phone (have done this w/blackberry on verizon) and u have to pay for this service via the cellphone provider. EVen if u have a cellphone plan, the usb device has its own fee to go online. Correct me if you're trying to do something else here.. i havent used ATT in a long time so am not familiar with that particular device.
  3. ooodaveb

    ooodaveb Junior Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Likes Received:
    I am not aware of such a solution. If there was a solutions then the wireless providers would not be able to charge you for a phone and data plan separately. It's in their best interest to keep them separate and keep charging you. It's not to say it cant be done, maybe there is a solution.

    You could try the magic jack it lets you connect a regular phone to it and it connects via internet. There is a nominal yearly fee for this. At least you can then use a cordless phone and be mobile around the house. Wont work for you at the beach though, unless you user solar power to power the corless phone or something.