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Using your Nokia smartphone as a modem.

One of our readers Gemma sent us an email asking for a short how-to on using your Nokia smartphone as a 3G modem. Given that it’s something I felt like a great deal of our readers would benefit from (if they didn’t already know :-P) I decided to take up the torch and do a quick post showing this.

As we all know, when buying a Nokia device, Nokia provides their software suite installation CD in addition to other accessories. Although the CD itself is not mandatory for installing the software suite (It’s just as easy to find on the internet) the majority of users will gain access to Nokia’s Ovi Suite or PC Suite via this method.

1st step:

Install the darn thing! As much as you may be inclined to do without it there are quite a few features included with this that’ll amongst other things, allow you to use your mobile phone as a modem!

2nd step: connecting your phone to the PC.

This can be accomplished in two main ways, Bluetooth or via the USB cable provided with your phone. Either method works, though for faster download  speeds it’d be best to go the USB route (saves battery life as well!)

3rd step launch Ovi Suite or PC Suite on your PC.

You’ll be greeted by a screen much like this one. (For the sake of privacy my photos, contacts and text messages have been removed LOL 🙂 )

Provided that your mobile has been connected via USB, it’s really a very simple matter.

Click there and voila, you’re phone is a USB modem. This is a free feature on every sim-free/unlocked Nokia that I’ve ever owned, EVER. I’ve never incurred any extra cost for doing this and for those conscious of your data consumption, Ovi suite will provide information on the amount of data transferred and the time elapsed since the connection was opened :-).

[Jay: Alternatively you can share your 3G connection over WiFi with apps like JoikuSpot. This is free, and the paid premium version will let you secure your connection. I like the USB function too as it also charges your device (if that’s a feature)

Do be careful as some networks prohibit the use of your connection as a modem/data tethering. Also note that it becomes so much easier to consume data when browsing over PC.]

As a bonus feature to this little How-to:

How would you like to be able to send and receive text messages on your phone and reply to them without ever picking the phone up? Click on the messaging section and you’ll be brought to an area where you can back-up all the messages on your cell either manually or every time your phone is connected to your PC, send text messages to any contact you desire, read conversations in threaded, IM-style fashion and receive unobtrusive pop-up notifications on your desktop every time you receive a message.

This feature is VERY useful for texting while in class! 🙂

NB. Don’t know what the scenario is for you mac users out there, but I’d imagine it being a somewhat similar procedure provided a PC-suite-esque program exists.

Send your tips and article suggestions to tips@mynokiablog.com!


  1. mrbean
    July 9, 2010 at 4:36 am

    anyone noticed hat the n8 is coming to t-mobile UK?
    source : http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/business/coming-soon/
    i hope it comes to t-mobile USA because thats where i live right now and they would make a bunch of $,well thats if they do some advertising abt features that it can do and iphone can’t,finally US people will get to know whats real photography on a phone without tricks

    • July 9, 2010 at 6:29 am

      Cheers for the heads up! Newly posted.

      Awesome post Andre. I’ll have to collate our How to tutorials here into a new page to make them easier to get to 🙂

      I love tethering. If at a hotel and the WiFi is atrociously expensive, or if home broadband plays up, or if on the go and haven’t got a wifi connection etc. Tether – online! Plus it charges up phone too (well, if they have usb charging)

      PS, for anyone interested, another way to use N8 as a modem/share 3G connection is over JoikuSpot, which shares your connection over WiFi.

      • Andre
        July 9, 2010 at 7:01 am

        I checked the TMO usa site and there’s nothing

  2. John Wiegand-forson
    July 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Amazing post Andre !! shame Ovi suite is not available for the mac I want to try it out badly 😦

    • Andre
      July 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      It’s definitely something everyone should use. It does everything that iTunes does for the Iphone and a bit more I would say.

  3. David Hardwick
    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Great post. I’ve used this on phones in the past but had forgotten all about it. Quick question, I’m using an X6 and can connect to the internet – but I can’t form a VPN connection? I’ve previously tethered with an N82 and had no problem forming a VPN connection. Just trying to find out why I can’t do this with the X6? Someone suggested that the X6 doesn’t have the software needed

    • Andre
      July 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      Don’t know much about VPN but I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that it’s an option.
      Check the app Joiku spot for more info.

  4. David Hardwick
    July 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the post Andre. I have the premium version of Joiku Spot but have the same issue as when I connect using the usb cable.

    Cheers

    • Andre
      July 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      That’s odd.

  5. Bob
    November 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Superb – so I am almost certain that C6-01 – Nokia’s new Symbian^3 offering can be used as a modem. Thanks for the article Andre.

  6. jean2010
    December 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    All Nokia since the old days can be used as modem over GSM or 3G, and even Motorola, Panasonic, Ericsson (even before Sony), Sagem (made in France) or Alcatel (those made in France) could be used for their integrated modem. This is true including those from the 90s that used CSD data connexion connecting throught infrared or serial port to a computer.

    iPhone just invented the paid activation of the modem, and Android brought means for the Phone company to block the modem on the smartphone they sell. And then the modem use that was free (in France thought) became a new business.

  1. July 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

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