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Donk1952
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I have a laptop with a built in SIM card slot. When I put the card from my phone in it it works fine. I can browse the internet, send SMS and email. How can I make and recieve phone calls without putting the SIM card back in the phone. I am worried that the card will get damged eventually

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northumbria61

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The SIM card slot is for data services only (ie internet, not calls or texts). To use it for internet access on your laptop you also need WWAN (wireless wide area network) card supported by one of the broadband cell providers that uses GSM-GPRS-HSPDA.

See here enter link description here

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Woolwell

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northumbria61 - I think that the OP can already browse the internet, etc but wants to make phone calls with a netbook. But I don't think that is possible.

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Donk1952

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Thanks for your responses. I am on Orange. my SIM card was origionally supplied for use in a blackberry phone. As such it could be used for Voice, Email, SMS, MMS, internet etc. When put into the laptop it still does everything but Voice (I had to enable HSPA and use the Connection Manager software supplied with the computer) As I can send and recieve texts it is clearly connecting to the mobile phone network, so I can't help thinking that it is only a software limitation.

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northumbria61

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Donk1952 - found this for you to look at enter link description here

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northumbria61

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Woolwell - OP wants to make phone calls with a netbook. But I don't think that is possible.

Thats' the message I was trying to get across - "The SIM card slot is for data services only - not calls

However from the LINK I have just found it appears it is possible with the correct phone software installed.

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northumbria61

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Donk1952 - Maybe have a word with ORANGE to see if they can help.

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northumbria61

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Donk1952 - Further - As I can send and receive texts it is clearly connecting to the mobile phone network, so I can't help thinking that it is only a software limitation.

It does seem as though you are near to achieving what you want but brings me back to my original The SIM card slot is for data services only - not calls

A bit of extra software as described in the above LINK !

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Woolwell

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Unfortunately the phone software usually allows you to use the phone tethered not use the sim card without the phone. It used to be possible to make phone calls using a modem and this is effectively what the phone would be.

Why don't you tether your phone to the netbook instead?

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Donk1952

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Thanks all. I think that tehering is probably the best solution

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