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New USB Cable Tricks Your Phone Into Becoming A USB Modem

By Chris Scott Barr

If you have a phone with an unlimited data plan, it can be frustrating when the carrier won’t allow you to use your phone as a modem. After all, if you’re paying for unlimited data, why shouldn’t you be able to use it as you please? One company has designed a very special USB cable that claims to let you do just that.

Pretec’s new H220 Intellicable cable has a built-in flash drive, which contains a special suite of software. This allows your computer to trick the phone into thinking it’s a USB modem. Thus, free internet for your laptop. The software takes care of all the necessary communication handshakes in roughly 10 seconds, with nothing actually being installed on your computer. It’s supposed to work with most phones that use either mini-USB or micro-USB. We’re not sure when this will be available, or for how much, but it sounds like it would be worth looking into.

[ Pretec ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]







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  • http://twitter.com/edeckers Erik Deckers

    If you've got a Droid, you can download PDANet. I don't know if it's available for an iPhone or not. You also need a copy of it on your laptop as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amari-Johnson/100000330872984 Amari Johnson

    Where can I purchase this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amari-Johnson/100000330872984 Amari Johnson

    Can you do the same for the LG Rumor Touch?

  • John_Westra

    So, the Chinese Military Industrial & Espionage Complex had developed yet another embedded solution for scraping data! Kind of like the Communist Gillette Marketing Method. “Give away the technology & steal the data for life!

  • hoihtah

    being able to tether is no big news…
    but this cable would be a big deal if it would allow the phone to be used as an analog winfax.