Step one: Download and burn the latest version of Knoppix
Step two: Acquire a T-mobile phone
capability. I used a Siemens S56
, but I suspect a number of
GPRS-capable phones will work as well.
Step three: Acquire a USB
bluetooth adapter of some stripe. I am
using a Belkin F8T001
Step four: Attach USB bluetooth device and insert Knoppix CD.
Step five: Turn on computer
, let knoppix boot. (you might need to
change the boot order in the BIOS
to get it booted, but probably not)
Step six: Click on the lower-left penguin
icon (similar to the
Start Button), select Network/Internet, then GPRS connection.
Step seven: Select bluetooth connection, then custom init string. Edit
so that it reads thus: AT+CGDCONT="1","wap.voicestream.com"
Step eight: Enter the same password into your bluetooth phone and the
computer. It will dial and attempt to connect. It will disconnect
because you have not added the PC to your phone as a trusted device.
Hit CTRL-c to disconnect. The Phone will ask you if you want to add the
PC as a trusted device. Do it. Go back and follow step six and seven
again. This time the connection will work. Wait patiently for a few
seconds while it finds the DNS
Step nine: Congratulations. You're in business. Go to everything2.com
and give me a C! because you have to admit, that's pretty cool.
A number of people have asked me how much this costs. Well, this is the coolest part of all. Though this may be entirely temporary, this service is accidentally free to current T-Mobile customers through their unadvertised free WAP
access over GPRS
. What this means, in practice, is that port 80
and the SMTP
, and IMAP
ports are open and everything else is blocked. So, surf to your heart's content. The only downside is that the SSL
port is blocked, so you won't be doing any shopping, but I'm sure some industrious hacker is already thinking about port forwarding