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Tethering Cell Phone to Computer

I'm trying to connect my cell phone to my computer so that I can do automated calling. Will this work?

Verizon says it will not work. I've connected to the internet before through my cell phone with a data cable, but I'm trying to figure out how to make pc to landline phone calls with it.

I teach online and am wanting a quick and easy way to send recorded messages to my students. Since the cell has unlimited minutes on weekends, I am wanting to use it rather than my landline.

Can anyone tell me if this can be done, and if so, how?

Thanks!

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