BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-07-2008, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 8120c
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 66
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Pearl 8120 As Laptop Modem; Will i be charged extra through AT&T...

Please Login to Remove!

Hi All, I have a Pearl 8120 and have managed to get it to work as a laptop modem and was wondering, as i have been for some time now, if they can even tell how i am using the data, and if they can charge me for it if they catch it (aka is it illegal to do?). I know they offer a tethering plan for some crazy $80 a month, but would i be able to use my phone as a modem for basic e-mail and web browsing without troubles?

I have looked for the answer to this problem for quite some time now. I am willing to post how i did it when i get a little feedback as to what can happen so that others can see the potential dangers, or see that it is worthwhile.

Thanks all

-SnBd
Offline  
Old 04-07-2008, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
BlackBerry God
 
aiharkness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Florida Panhandle
Model: Z10
OS: 10.2.1
Carrier: T-Mobile USA
Posts: 13,715
Post Thanks: 15
Thanked 499 Times in 486 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (8700g)

It has been reported here (ezrunner) that AT&T does some sort of spot checking and will charge you if you are caught tethering and not paying for it.
__________________
- Ira

Last edited by aiharkness : 04-07-2008 at 05:40 PM.
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 8120c
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 66
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

yes that is what i was under the impression of. Does anyone have any more concrete information about this?
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Model: 8310
PIN: N/A
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

OP, sent you a PM.

Quote:
Originally Posted by aiharkness View Post
Wirelessly posted (8700g)

It has been reported here (ezrunner) that AT&T does some sort of spot checking and will charge you if you are caught tethering and not paying for it.
But how can they verify this?

To them, it should appear as a regular phone call.

PLUS....why should it matter? It's going against your plan minutes, so they are still getting their money.
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 12:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 8120c
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 66
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

No. I used it and it connects as if you are using your data plan, essentially you are extending your blackberry data plan onto your laptop, which gives you real webpage support, etc...
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 12:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Model: 8310
PIN: N/A
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Oh, what you are doing is 100% legal. The blackberry is allowed to be tethered to a laptop as a modem.

That is (in my opinion) what the plan is worth. I would never spend that kind of money if I could get the net access on my laptop.
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 04:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
BlackBerry God
 
aiharkness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Florida Panhandle
Model: Z10
OS: 10.2.1
Carrier: T-Mobile USA
Posts: 13,715
Post Thanks: 15
Thanked 499 Times in 486 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (8700g)

How does a carrier know? I don't have a clue. I only say that it is reported that this particular carrier does spot checks.

Why should it matter? If the carrier charges for tethering, isn't the answer obvious?

100% legal? . . . My advice to the OP is get himself clear on the terms of sale of his service by reading his contract and talking to his carrier.
__________________
- Ira
Offline  
Old 04-08-2008, 04:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
Retired BBF Moderator
 
Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Model: 9000
OS: 4.6.0.xxx
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 10,149
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by phuz View Post
OP, sent you a PM.



But how can they verify this?

To them, it should appear as a regular phone call.

PLUS....why should it matter? It's going against your plan minutes, so they are still getting their money.
it doesnt get charged to minutes, it gets charged as data.
Offline  
Old 04-09-2008, 08:05 AM   #9 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Model: 8310
PIN: N/A
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sith_Apprentice View Post
it doesnt get charged to minutes, it gets charged as data.
If you are using the carrier's internet service, you are correct.

If you are able to dial into your own ISP, then NO, it goes against minutes.
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.