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Old 12-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do I need to buy the tethering plan if I have an unlimited data plan? Is there a way around it? If so, how? How do I go about setting this up? How do I configure the 8100 to tether on Cingular?
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do I need to buy the tethering plan if I have an unlimited data plan? Is there a way around it? If so, how? How do I go about setting this up? How do I configure the 8100 to tether on Cingular?
Not sure on how Cing works, but on T-Mo the answer is NO... because when using the phone as a modem you are using the data connection, not the phone cell minutes.

See threads on how to tether. I would think the method is the same for any carrier since the connections [numbers to dial, etc.] are specific to Windows XP and the Pearl RIM OS, not the carrier. At least that is how I think it works.

Bonus Tip: I checked into T-Mo's unlimited data plan's limitations. T-Mo terms and conditions allows them to yank the plan if one abuses it, including what in their sole discretion would be excessive use. But I suspect that even 10 hours use a day, 30 days straight would not bother them since 1) most people won't be doing that; 2) I doubt they closely monitor data plan use. Maybe they have some internal alert if one exceeds a certain number of hours, but I doubt it. Plus it would be a high number I suspect, possibly 300 hours or so; and 3) they would warn you to curb your use before they yanked the plan.

But all of the above is how T-Mo's data plan works, other carriers may not be the same. But setting it up should be the same regardless of carrier?

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Welcome to the forums blahop; search around the forums as there are plenty of threads on how to accomplish this. Here is a link to get you started:

[User] HOWTO: Use BlackBerry As Modem For Laptop!

Tethering plan is not the same as the unlimited data plan so if you are wanting to tether through Cingy you will need to get that plan.

You can also look into a program called SharkModem; once again search around to find user experiences etc. on this program.
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Tethering plan is not the same as the unlimited data plan so if you are wanting to tether through Cingy you will need to get that plan.
Do they charge or just restrain? I've tethered on my BIS plan but I'm worried about getting charged $75.
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no way around it. You will need a tethering plan.
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As in no way around getting charged or no way to make it work? I've gotten the latter so I just want to make sure before my next road trip.
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Sharkmodem I believe gets around it, coreyg510 can you back that up? Being that Cingy has a specific plan in place for tethering I would not want to even risk it as the data charges would probably be very painful to see on your bill. If you need it that bad, shell out the dough! Besides if it is for work make sure you get reimbursed for it!
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Unfortunately, its not for work as I'm in graduate school but with a kid on the way plus a lot of recruiting related travel in the future, it sure would be helpful to post homework at the airport when I'm done with it and deal with all the other related stuff.
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