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Old 05-03-2009, 05:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
may you help me if is a possible to use BlackBerry Bold 9000 as a (laptop) modem ? Where is a possible to find a settings or any drivers ?

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Old 05-03-2009, 06:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes.
Read: Using BlackBerry As Modem - BlackBerryFAQ

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Old 05-03-2009, 11:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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so i am reading the modem setup page or whatever the guy above me posted and i am curious, do you get charged more using the blackberry as a modem or does it just use your unlimited data plan?
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so i am reading the modem setup page or whatever the guy above me posted and i am curious, do you get charged more using the blackberry as a modem or does it just use your unlimited data plan?
This usually depends on your data plan and service provider. I always suggest checking with your service provider first especially if you are going to do bandwidth intensive operations from your laptop. Some service providers claim they have "unlimited data plans" but in reality they are actually monitoring your bandwidth very closely (I call these pseudo-unlimited data plans). Moreover, if you go past a certain threshold (say 5 GB of bandwidth) with the service provider offering one of these "pseudo-unlimited data plans", then you will get charged based on how much you go over that amount.

See this article -- Link --> Oops! 6 Crazy Mobile and Expensive Cell Phone Charges - ABC News
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you are with AT&T your TOS strictly prohibits tethering your 9000 as a modem. They want you to pay them $60/month for the privledge. If you rarely do it you MIGHT get away with it but they can catch you and if they do they will charge you big bucks. Lots of people do it. In an emergency to check an email or a website I wouldn't worry about it but if you do it often you are asking for problems. YMMV

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so i am reading the modem setup page or whatever the guy above me posted and i am curious, do you get charged more using the blackberry as a modem or does it just use your unlimited data plan?
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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In that thread, which appears to be closed, not accepting new posts, a lot of people have had trouble getting it to work, getting a 734 PPP protocol terminated error.

I found that this is fixed by putting the correct string in the Modem | Advanced | Extra initialisation settings.

In Ireland on Vodafone I used: +cgdcont=1,"IP","hs.vodafone.ie" where the hs.vodafone.ie is the APN here.

Substitute the correct one for your carrier and it might work for you.

I'm not sure if I'm getting good speed though, it doesn't seem as fast as my external USB Vodafone 3G modem.

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Old 05-10-2009, 10:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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AT&T I believe charges an additional $30/mo to the BB data plan if you want to tether. So, you get BB BES and tethering for $60 which is a better deal than a separate BB and tethering plan that would run about $100.

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Old 05-10-2009, 05:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't know why at&t cares... While using data overseas I rang up a $600 bill. Who cares if I paid the 30 buck tether fee.

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