Accessing the Internet

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Web Browser

You can use Internet Explorer Mobile to search and view the web.


Start Web-browser

Press Start > Internet Explorer


  • To go to a web page, press Menu > Address Bar. Enter the address and press Go.
  • To go to a link in a web page, use the navigation key () to highlight the link and then press the center select key ().
  • Change connection options, press Menu > Tools > Options > Connections.
  • To show/hide pictures, press Menu > View > Show Pictures.
  • To add web address to your Favorites, open the web page and press Menu > Add to Favorites.

Note: Normal airtime and/or carrier usage charges apply.


Download Objects From Web Page

Download a picture, sound, or phone theme from a Web page: Highlight the file, press the center select key (), press the Store key.

Note: Normal airtime and/or service provider usage charges apply.


Disconnect Web Sessions

Press the End Session key.


Download and Copy Media Files

You can copy or download media files from your computer or the Internet onto your phone.


Copy Files From Your Computer

To copy files from your computer to your phone:

Note: You must have ActiveSync on your PC installed as described in install Active sync.

  1. Connect the phone to your PC.
  2. In ActiveSync on your PC, click Explore and double-click My Windows Mobile device.
  3. On your computer, find the files you would like to copy to your device and paste the files into the My Windows Mobile folder.
  4. Resync your phone and computer and then view the picture or video on your phone from Start > Pictures & Videos.

External Links

  • Minimo Project – Mozilla browser for Mobile 5.0
  • Minimo on wikipedia

this failed to install on the Moto Q


Modem-Link (Dial-up Networking)

Note: You must have Multiple Network Access Identifier (MNAI) software on your phone and MNAI service enabled in your account for dial up networking functionality to work on your phone. Call your phone service provider for more information regarding account services.

You can use your phone as a modem to dial in to a network using a USB cable, also known as tethering or DUN.

When your phone is a modem, e-mail, web browsing, ActiveSync, and text messaging services will be suspended until the modem-link is deactivated.

Note: You can use DUN with Windows 2000, but you must have VZ Access Manager.


Using a cable

To use a USB cable with your phone to connect with modem-link to a network, first you must install networking drivers onto your computer:

  1. Place the provided Companion CD into the CD Drive on your computer. The Companion CD Installation wizard window automatically displays.
  2. On your computer, click Applications and then Dial-Up Networking Software.
  3. Follow the prompts as directed to install the drivers onto your computer.

Then you need to enable modem-link on your phone and install phone drivers:

  1. On your phone, press Start > Accessories > Modem-link > Activate > On.
  2. Using the USB data cable, connect the phone to your PC.
  3. When a window displays prompting for the device driver, select Install the software automatically and press Next.

The driver is installed on your computer and ready for setting up a network connection.

Note: If you do not have the Companion CD, or want the latest version of the device and computer drivers you can download them from Motorola here -> [1].

To establish a new network connection, on your computer:

Note: Not all computers have the same procedure to setup of dial-up networking. Please refer to your computer operating help system for more information.

  1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network Connections and then New Network Connection Wizard.
  3. Follow the prompts to connect to the Internet using a modem:
  • Network Connection Type: Connect to the Internet
  • Getting Ready: Set up My Connection
  • Internet Connection: Manually connect using a dial-up modem
  • Select a Device: Smartphone wireless USB Modem
  • Connection Name: Type a connection name.
  • Number to Dial: #777
  • Connection Availability: Anyone’s Use
  • User Name: your mobile phone (for example:
  • Password: vzw

Note: If you do not plan to use your phone as the default Internet connection, then do NOT check Make this the default Internet connection.

Note: If Microsoft Windows firewall is not enabled, do NOT check Turn on Internet connection firewall for this connection.


Verizon Wireless USB tethering

On earlier firmware revisions of the Q, the Modem Link applet is hidden. In order to enable it, it must be unlocked by dialing an obscure number. Dial ##342587 and press SEND. (342587 spells DIALUP on a normal telephone keypad, for what help that is, as the Q isn’t a normal keypad). This should access a menu that has only one option: Disable or Enable. Change it to Enable, then hit the OK softkey. That enables Modem Link back in the Start Menu under Accessories.

When you go into Modem Link and enable it, you can then use the modem like normal.

Except that lately (November 2006) it doesn’t work for me anymore. I consistently get an error when trying to dial. Maybe Verizon has caught on. Coincidentally, they now offer a $15/month package where you can officially buy tethering and no longer have to resort to entering secret codes to get it to work. The Verizon rep referred me to download a VZAccess manager for this purpose at the following URL:


Verizon Wireless Bluetooth Tethering

Bluetooth tethering has been confirmed to work by User:Reswobslc. Verizon Wireless sells a tethering service at a monthly fee, without which the tethering is not guaranteed to work.

Setup is simple. Pair the phone with the PC just like normal. Where possible (as Bluetooth client software varies), configure the pairing so that connection is always authorized. One of the Bluetooth services offered by the phone is DUN or Dial-up Networking. To the PC this looks like a modem, and you may have to assign it a communications (COM) port number using your Bluetooth software. Once established, create a dial-up networking connection in Windows, using the same credentials as previously listed (phone number #777, username, and password vzw). (But don’t use 2125551212, instead, use your 10-digit Verizon Wireless telephone number.)

Some Bluetooth clients, such as the one included with currently-shipping Sony VAIO computers with built-in Bluetooth, simplify this greatly. Upon pairing, the dial-up networking service is automatically detected, and you are prompted once for the phone number and credentials directly from within the Bluetooth client. Connecting to both the phone and then to the Internet can be accomplished with a single double-click action. Your mileage may vary.

When connected to the Internet via a Bluetooth tether, voice calling is not possible. If you attempt to make an outgoing voice call, the phone will freeze on the “Dialing” screen until you press End. Incoming calls are still possible but will interrupt your Internet session if you answer it. Text messaging does not interrupt data calls.

The Q is Bluetooth 1.2 which has speeds of 721 kbps. So depending on your EVDO connection speed, it may be faster to connect via USB.


Sharing your wireless Internet connection via WiFi

Incidentally, it is also possible to turn your computer into a miniature wireless hot spot if your computer also supports WiFi. If you do this, multiple laptops can get online through one Motorola Q connection. This is possible for both Bluetooth and USB tethered connections. Note that your phone is still only servicing one computer. That one computer is still the only computer directly connected to the Internet. That one computer is simply sharing the Verizon Wireless internet connection over the WiFi network, using the same feature built into Windows XP that lets home computers share a single dial-up ISP over a wired network.

To do this:

  1. Your WiFi adapter needs to be configured to allow ad-hoc or computer-to-computer networking. This is a selection in the Advanced page of the built-in Windows XP wireless connection wizard. All WiFi systems let you choose between connecting to infrastructure (normal hotspots), ad-hoc (other computers), or both. NOTE: Many computers come with their own software to configure the wireless card which replaces the one built-in to Windows XP – even VZAccess Manager will if allowed to. In this case, the Windows XP screen will state that it “cannot configure this wireless adapter” – and then you must configure it using the replacement software. In that case, the correct method for allowing computer-to-computer connections on your PC may vary.
  2. Create a connection profile for a nonexistent ad-hoc network. Just make up a name. The network doesn’t exist and will show “not connected” at first, until a second computer sees it and joins it. (Again, this is done in the configuration screen for your WiFi wireless adapter).
  3. Once the computer has connected to the Internet tethered via the phone at least once, go into Control Panel, then Network Connections.
  4. Right-click on the dial-up connection associated with the phone, then click Properties.
  5. Click over to the Advanced tab.
  6. Check the box that says Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection
  7. If given a choice of network adapters in a drop-down box, select the wireless adapter.
  8. Click OK, and the computer will enable this feature. Note that it may take an unusually long time (1 to 3 minutes on many PC’s) for this configuration change to take place.
  9. Now, from the other PC’s, connect to the network whose name you created in step 2. (The other PC’s should actually see that name automatically, right off the air). On those PC’s you may need to repeat step 1 to allow connections to other computers instead of infrastructure.

Note: Once the Internet connection is established or re-established on the Q, it is a good idea for the other PC’s to disconnect and reconnect to the ad-hoc wireless network, to get a fresh IP address. That is because when a PC is sharing its Internet connection, it temporarily acts as a DHCP server which is required for other computers to connect. If the DHCP server isn’t detected when a computer first connects, it will report the connection as having “limited or no connectivity” and won’t be able to access the Internet. Reconnecting, or alternately clicking the Repair button on that same screen that reports limited connectivity, will allow access to occur.

Note: If you want to use your WiFi adapter for Internet access in the future, without the help of your Motorola Q, it easily reverts back to normal mode simply by unchecking the Internet Connection sharing checkbox you checked in step 6 above.


Adding a Proxy for your Work Connection

If you your work PC requires the use of a proxy to connect to internet, you will notice that when you connect your phone to your computer via USB that your phone will not be able to connect to the internet. To fix this, you simply need to add a proxy connection on your phone. Here are the steps:

On your Phone

  1. Start -> Settings -> Connections -> Proxy
  2. Menu -> Add
  3. Select Conencts from “Work”
  4. Select Connect to “The Internet”
  5. Enter your work proxy server:port
  6. Select your work proxy type
  7. Enter your username and password (if needed)

On your PC

  1. Open ActiveSync
  2. Select File -> Connection Settings
  3. Select This Computer is Connected to: “Work Network”

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