Re: Can Somebody Please Explain CSD to Me?

I live in San Jose (San Francisco Bay Area) and have Cingular GSM
> service with a Nokia 6620 phone. I'm told that with CSD I can use my
> phone as a modem for my laptop and place a point-to-point data call to
> my ISP. Is that right?
Yes. Although I don't know what 'CSD' stands for in this context.
Does my ISP need any special equipment to receive this call, or does
> any regular dial up line suffice for the destination?
The ISP doesn't need special equipment. Your GSM provider (Cingular)
needs modem equipment to convert gsm-data to normal 9600 bps calls.
Your ISP does need to accept calls at those rates. Some have their
modems set up to reject calls at 'lower' speeds.
What do I tell the Cingular sales people on the phone that I want to > buy?
A Nokia 6620 data cable. A google search for that term gives me
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Thanks in advance for the help. I won't have any trouble setting up a
> dialup connection on my PC, but I'm afraid I don't know very much
> about cell phone technology.
To your computer it will look like a normal modem that understands
Hayes commands to build a connection and dial your ISP. Your phone
will convert it to a gsm-data call. Cingular can have a different rate
for those calls and not count it against 'voice' minutes you may have.
Hope this helps in getting yourself connected,
Greetings,
Koos van den Hout
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