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Subject: How to use a blackberry as a modem!
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How to use a blackberry as a modem!

In this article, I will discuss the process of implementing your BlackBerry as a modem. I will make note of all the required files and equipment and link to as many resources as possible to ensure you have all the information necessary to take on this task yourself. while the concept of using the BlackBerry as a modem itself is straight forward, the process involved has quite a few nuances unique to various model/carrier combinations.

Sit back, take a deep breath and lets get into it!
Required items and software

BlackBerry Smartphones

The first thing you will need to have on hand is a BlackBerry smartphone. Various models of BlackBery are available; however, not all models include “tethered modem functionality”. The following list includes all BlackBerry models that will perform as a modem when tethered to a laptop.

    * BlackBerry 7130c
    * BlackBerry 7130e
    * BlackBerry 7250
    * BlackBerry Curve 8300
    * BlackBerry Curve 8310
    * BlackBerry Curve 8320
    * BlackBerry 8703e
    * BlackBerry 8705g
    * BlackBerry 8707g
    * BlackBerry 8800
    * BlackBerry 8820
    * BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Cables and Software
In order to utilize your BlackBerry as a modem you will need to have a USB cable connected and have the BlackBerry Handheld Manager installed on your laptop. The BlackBerry Handheld Manager is a component of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software. In order to initialize the BlackBerry Handheld Manager, simply activate the Desktop Manager software. The BlackBerry Handheld Manager will now be running in the background.

Most versions of the BlackBerry Desktop will have shipped with the necessary modem drivers installed. In the event that you do not have a set of modem drivers installed with your current BlackBerry desktop, you will need to either install them manually or download the latest release of the BlackBerry Desktop Software.

The Set Up

Verifying your Modem Configuration:
Once you have made sure that you have all of the essential items listed above, it is time to verify that your set up is complete. This includes verifying that your modem driver exists and is functioning correctly. This step requires going into the control panel settings of your BlackBerry and configuring specific properties related to your chosen provider.

Adding a New Internet Connection:
The next step in the process is to add a new internet connection within your laptop. This connection will be reserved for internet usage via the BlackBerry as modem only. Set up this new internet connection like any other, the process will vary depending on if you are using Windows XP or Vista.

If you are having issues, simply perform a Google search for the term “new internet connection” plus the OS you are using. Additionally you will have to enter some carrier specific details when assigning the required usernames and passwords.

Disabling the IP Header Compression:
It is important to disable IP header compression along with disabling hardware flow control, modem error control and modem compression. These can be disabled by following these simple steps:

   1. Start Menu->Network Connections->”BlackBerry Modem”
   2. Click Properties Button
   3. Click Networking Tab
   4. Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)”
   5. Click Properties Button
   6. Click Advanced… Button
   7. Disable “Use IP header compression” checkbox
   8. Click all OK buttons to close all dialogs

Configuring your BES:
If you have your BlackBerry service set up through a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, you will need to contact your Exchange hosting provider and ask that they enable the “BlackBerry IPModem” setting on the BES. This setting was introduced in Version 4.0 of BES.

Fire up your Laptop and get to surfing:
Once you have your BlackBerry and laptop configured using the steps laid out here and in the information contained in the BlackBerry Forum post, you are ready to begin surfing. Simply connect the BlackBerry to your Laptop via USB, run the BlackBerry Desktop Software and click on the BlackBerry Modem icon in your list of available network connections. You will now be surfing the web at broadband speeds using nothing more than your BlackBerry for your internet connection.

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Post at 28-4-2009 03:50 PM Profile Blog P.M.
Good info but doesn't almost all carriers charge extra even if you have an unlimited data plan? if you use you device for thethering/as a modem
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Post at 2-6-2009 12:51 AM Profile P.M.
I can't find the Blackberry Modem...sorry
even after dm installation & connected phone
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Originally posted by goosebumps4 at 13-6-2009 01:05 PM
Can someone help me with a solution that will work on a mac? Thank you

Hey there

you should be able to use it with only link it to your mac. go to networks on your mac and you will see the Blackberry in the list

greetings ;)
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Post at 19-7-2009 06:07 PM Profile P.M.
I use PDAnet. Works great  without Verizons  additional monthly fee.  Bluetooth is a bit squirrly though. As far as Mac compatable, probably not yet.
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Post at 6-9-2009 07:26 AM Profile P.M.
cool article

  that's amazing!
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Post at 12-9-2009 09:52 PM Profile P.M.
thanks for the information. appreciate it
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Post at 20-9-2009 06:36 PM Profile P.M.
anyone know if you will get hit with a huge bill from using your phone as tethering w/o paying for verizon's tethering plan?

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