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Old 06-22-2008, 07:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm with AT&T, and I tried tethering, and got dinged about $1 for about five or so web page call up's; I have unl data and unl minutes now, so I'm thinking in a pinch, could I use teh BB as an old fashioned modem, and go in to my backup DSL phone number?

Anyone tried this? I'm trying to get a solution without paying for teh tethering on AT&T...

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That is tethering, even if you don't want to call it such, and yes, AT&T charges extra for it, as many carriers do.
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That is tethering, even if you don't want to call it such, and yes, AT&T charges extra for it, as many carriers do.
no, i think he wants to know how to hook it up as a true dialup external modem... so it hits him up for minutes and not as data, albeit very slowly.
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and to do that, just go into windows "New Connection Wizard" with your phone connected to your computer. create a "new dialup connection" and put in your ISP's dialup phone number, user name and password.

the computer will then use the phone to dial the ISP's number and log you in whenever you choose that connection in your "network connections" folder.
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and to do that, just go into windows "New Connection Wizard" with your phone connected to your computer. create a "new dialup connection" and put in your ISP's dialup phone number, user name and password.

the computer will then use the phone to dial the ISP's number and log you in whenever you choose that connection in your "network connections" folder.
It's recognized as a standard modem, but the command to dial never make it to the BB. IS there something special you ahve to do to teh modem properties on teh PC or BB side?

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So you do have an ISP that you're paying for dialup, but how are you connecting the BB to the PC? Because when you have the PC dialup a number it's gonna do it through a port on the pc, and that's where the BB has to be connected I would think.
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I don't think it's going to work the way the OP wants it to. If it did, everyone would get a free Netzero account and do it this way to avoid their carrier's tethering option charges.

If you DO get it to work, please post back. It would be the first I've heard of a viable alternative to tethering.... data transfer speeds aside of course.
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So you do have an ISP that you're paying for dialup, but how are you connecting the BB to the PC? Because when you have the PC dialup a number it's gonna do it through a port on the pc, and that's where the BB has to be connected I would think.
Yes, my DSL line comes with a fall back dial up acct.

Just can't seem to get the "standard modem" to accept commands from the PC..
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did you put the connection string in to work, and when you query the modem does it come back properly?
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did you put the connection string in to work, and when you query the modem does it come back properly?
When I query it (I have to have DM running to even get it to query..) , it comes back as "BB IP Modem", even though it is listed as a "standard" modem in device manager. Unless there is a trick to enable it as a "regular" modem, I am thinking this may not work....
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It will work just fine. When you attempt to dial what does it say?
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It will work just fine. When you attempt to dial what does it say?
Never sends the strings over to the BB; It just fails immediately with an error when you try to send a phone number to it...
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