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How do I use my smartphone to connect to the internet for free?

You have a smartphone, right?  Many agents do.  Are you also paying for a separate card or device to connect your laptop or tablet to the internet?  How much is that costing you?  $20, $40, $60?  Ouch!  Well, never fear, Bryan's here with a hot tip to save you money.

I'm not a big fan of greedy corporations and especially the cell phone companies who charge excessive fees to use the data bandwidth on my phone.  I rarely download much beyond email so I'm not using much of what I'm paying for.  I get 2GB per month to download and I usually use about 10% of that.  Why do they care if I use the rest with my laptop?  Many companies, Verizon and AT&T included, have banned applications that "tether" your smartphone to a laptop or other device to gain access to the internet.  The solution:  PDA Net!

This nifty little application has been around for years and I used it with my Treo before moving over to the "HTC Incredible" Android-based phone.  PDA Net allows you to use the tethering cable for your smartphone to connect to the internet.  It's incredibly easy to use and supports nearly every phone and operating system.  For $20, you'll be able to connect to the internet using your smartphone without paying any other fees -- EVER.

  • They support MacOS, Windows (32 and 64 bit), Android, WebOS, iOS, and others
  • The run on Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and other smartphones

The installation takes a few minutes and they offer easy to follow directions. Just load the software on your desktop, launch the app on your smartphone, connect the tether cable, and you'll be on the internet in seconds!

The company that provides the software is called June Fabrics and the application is called PDAnet.  Get 'em and start saving today!


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Comment balloon 15 commentsBryan Robertson • October 07 2011 03:00PM


Bryan - that is cool. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 7 years ago

I'll have to get my IT support guy to look into this. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 7 years ago

Mike - You're welcome.  Hope it helps.

Loreena - You're welcome too.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 7 years ago

My Toshiba Thrive connects to my Sprint EVO.....I just turn on the WI-FI of the phone and it connects.  I do this before making a property presentation - eliminates hassles of signing on with home's secure wireless!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago


My Blackberry can do this, and it works in a pinch, but its slow. So I pony up the tax-deductible $50 a month for a great working Verizon MiFi.

Posted by Devona Garrigus, REALTOR® / Short Sale Specialist (Garrigus Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Bryan -- thanks for the excellent explanation of how to get around some of these issues that can slow us down.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Bryan, Verizon scalps us for $15 a month for the "right" to tether Liz's phone to our laptop's.  I haven't put mine up for it, just doesn't come up enough to demand it.  But for $20 on a one time charge, could kick that to the curb and install on both laptops.  Even if it's $20 per laptop, we're still way ahead.  And at least so far, we're not on a limited data usage plan.  Thanks for the info!  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

That's so cool, Brian.  I emailed it to my husband because he just won a tablet and we're trying to figure out how to get wifi when we're not at home without paying for it.  Now we know!  Thanks!

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) over 7 years ago

I have seen people using something like this in airports.  Can you teether to an iPhone?

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) over 7 years ago

Only $15.95 for the BB version.  Downloading and installing now :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago


Thanks for this tip. I found this from this mornings post from Bill & Liz Spear.

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) about 7 years ago

This wil save me money. .thank you for the tip and thank you Liz and Bill for writing a feature post about it. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 7 years ago

I also found you from Bill and Liz's post.  Also suggested this post.  Thanks for all the info.  It will help solve my problem with my iPad.

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) about 7 years ago

Trying this now...thanks! BLiz sent me over there too!! Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) about 7 years ago

Interesting.  I think I just saved my first few pennies going into the New Year.  Thanks for the tip, Bryan!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 7 years ago

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