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BlackBerry tethering coming to Macs


New software will give BlackBerry users the ability to 'tether,' or use their handheld as a cellular data link for Mac notebooks.

The release date of August 1 for iMobimac Modem will see Mac users gain full Internet connectivity through a BlackBerry, the equivalent of 3G modems embedded in laptops, like this new HP with a Verizon modem built in. However, since this allows you to change carriers by changing the tethering phone, you're not married to the cellular company built into your laptop, and one cellular account can serve both voice and data needs.

I tether now (admittedly not through a BlackBerry but instead through a SymbianOS Nokia smartphone) and must caution that it's very wise to know before use what your cellular carrier charges for data. Three cents a kilobyte is not unheard of, which means a large download could be an expensive download.

Do you 'tether' now? If so, what has your experience been?

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7 comments
nappy_d
nappy_d

HUH? No special sofware needed!! I can currently do this with my Blackberry 8830e!! No problems or special scripts required!! I support both Macs and PCs and have been able to do this for some time now....

drekhawk04
drekhawk04

Hey will this work with a pearl 8100 blackberry

nappy_d
nappy_d

It should not matter which version of the 8000 series you have: - pair the devices - make sure that in your Bluetooth assistant that it is config'd for "access internet with your phone's data connection" - In your "Internet Connect" Click on Bluetooth - Create a new connection called Bluetooth - Select the Modem named "WWAN Support" - Leave username and password fields blank - Enter the phone number. In my case from my carrier I use #777 for Bell Mobility in Canada - Clickity click, baraba trick! You are done.....

F4A6Pilot
F4A6Pilot

U of Waterloo, RIM, and much high tech is in Middle America and the Canadian area that East and West fly over...

K7AAY
K7AAY

Even with pokey GPRS (somewhere around 40kbps on T-Mobile), being able to tap the web from anywhere has been very, very useful, and the faster systems I've tested (e.g., EVDO Rev. A) have been excellent, in every aspect but latency. What?s your experience been?

paulmah
paulmah

Hi John, I subscribe to a pure data plan at US$15 per month. For this plan, I get 384kbps (Equivalent to 3G) speed, which is pretty good. For my trouble, my telco loans me a HSDPA PCMCIA card for free. Data plan limit is 5Gb per month, which is definitely more than I can use :) There are higher-end plans of up to US$45 which gives up to 3.6mbps speed. The only tethering I would do is when I replace my PDA with a 3.5G variant. :)