Tethered Handsets

 A simple way to mobilize your laptops.

Mobilize Your Laptops


Mobile workers can use many different AT&T handsets as wireless modems to connect their laptops to the AT&T wireless data networks. By wirelessly enabling their laptops, your mobile employees can stay in touch with customers and co-workers when out of the office.


When using a handset as a modem, you gain the benefits of AT&T's LaptopConnect solution.




AT&T offers a number of data-capable handsets that can be used as wireless modems. Click here for a list of devices compatible with AT&T's tether solution.


Connecting your handset to a laptop


Handsets can be attached to a laptop via a cable or, if your handset and laptop are capable, via Bluetooth®. Please consult the user manuals of both your handset and laptop to determine which method best meets you needs.


If you wish to use either a serial or USB cable, and one was not included with the purchase of your handset, please visit our online Accessories Store.




AT&T offers an easy-to-use software package, AT&T Communication Manager, to help you access the AT&T wireless data networks with your wireless handset. This software is free of charge and can be downloaded from here.


Quick, easy installation


To get started using a handset as a wireless modem, simply:


  1. Choose a handset from the list of supported tethered handsets.
  2. Select a DataConnect service plan.
  3. If desired, purchase any additional accessories, such as a USB or serial cable.
  4. Download and install the AT&T Communication Manager software. Communication Manager runs on your laptop and allows you to control how and when your laptop connects to AT&T's wireless network. It is available free of charge.
  5. Launch Communication Manager.
  6. Connect your handset to your laptop. If you are using Bluetooth to tether, refer to your device user manuals to find specific information about how to pair your devices.
  7. Click Connect on the Communication Manager interface to connect to the AT&T wireless data network.


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