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Old 04-07-2008, 06:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do we use this phone to connect to an ISP (not our cellular carrier). I want to dial a REAL number for an outside ISP and connect like a regular modem would. Most new phones support this now, so I find it hard to believe that the blackberry cannot do it.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure but using as a modem would burn through your minutes rather quickly
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Not only will you burn minutes, unless unlimited, but you'll be working with dial-up speed. $15 is not a bad price to pay for broadband-like speeds. I was out of town this past weekend and was tethering most of the weekend with my pearl. It was nice to surf the web in the car. Technology is great!!

Anyhow to answer your question, if you download the sprint software used with the "phone as modem" feature, under the menu somewhere there is a place you can insert a number that you want your phone to dial. I'm assuming that is where you can put the dial-in number, but I could be wrong on that.
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I'm not sure but using as a modem would burn through your minutes rather quickly
company phone, HUGE pool of minutes. I am not worried about that.
I would spend a lot if I used AT&T's internet which charges by the KB.

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Not only will you burn minutes, unless unlimited, but you'll be working with dial-up speed. $15 is not a bad price to pay for broadband-like speeds. I was out of town this past weekend and was tethering most of the weekend with my pearl. It was nice to surf the web in the car. Technology is great!!

Anyhow to answer your question, if you download the sprint software used with the "phone as modem" feature, under the menu somewhere there is a place you can insert a number that you want your phone to dial. I'm assuming that is where you can put the dial-in number, but I could be wrong on that.
So I need Sprint's software for this?

All I have installed now is the Blackberry Desktop manager, which did install the Pearl as a standard modem.

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If it installed the standard modem, then do this. Using the "Create a New Connection Wizard" in the connections window, create a new connection. Specify the standard modem as the device to use. Do this just like creating a connection for the built in modem. Enter the number of the ISP, the Username and Password. Then connect our USB cable an try it out.

It will only connect at 14.4k and will be miserably slow, but you can get your email.

This all hinges on whether Sprint will allow the connection. I have done this on Alltel, but not lately. But it does work.
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If it installed the standard modem, then do this. Using the "Create a New Connection Wizard" in the connections window, create a new connection. Specify the standard modem as the device to use. Do this just like creating a connection for the built in modem. Enter the number of the ISP, the Username and Password. Then connect our USB cable an try it out.

It will only connect at 14.4k and will be miserably slow, but you can get your email.

This all hinges on whether Sprint will allow the connection. I have done this on Alltel, but not lately. But it does work.
Come on, you have to give me some credit. I wouldn't be posting here if I it was that simple.

When I create a connection like that, it dials, and you can see it dialing on the phone, but it nevers gets to a point where it verifies user/password. It just stands still and disconnects after ~60 seconds.
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Come on, you have to give me some credit. I wouldn't be posting here if I it was that simple.

When I create a connection like that, it dials, and you can see it dialing on the phone, but it nevers gets to a point where it verifies user/password. It just stands still and disconnects after ~60 seconds.
did you put the correct modem connection string in to the advanced settings on the modem?
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Um it should be that easy. if you have a modem that is preinstalled you have to go into options and select the standard modem. instead of the one built into the laptop. also you have to have desktop manager running in the background.
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Desk Manager has nothing to do with either tethering or using the phone as a 1xrtt modem.
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Okay...I have suncom..unlimited minutes and unlimited data...I would like to use my pearl to connect to the internet on my laptop while Im traveling....I need it put simply as to how exactly I go about hooking it up and using it...Thanks in advance for your help.
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did you put the correct modem connection string in to the advanced settings on the modem?
I was aware of one when using the carrier' internet connection, but not a standard dialup connection.

What would it be?

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Um it should be that easy. if you have a modem that is preinstalled you have to go into options and select the standard modem. instead of the one built into the laptop. also you have to have desktop manager running in the background.
Well if it was that easy....lol.....then it would be working. I can hear the modem tones on my pearl when trying to dial out, but it times out after 60 seconds. Never gets to the user/password stage of the connection.

And you are wrong, desktop manager does NOT need to be running.

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Okay...I have suncom..unlimited minutes and unlimited data...I would like to use my pearl to connect to the internet on my laptop while Im traveling....I need it put simply as to how exactly I go about hooking it up and using it...Thanks in advance for your help.
Hey bud, please go thread-jack somewhere else....kay? Thx.
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