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Old 06-28-2010, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone clarify this for me because I am getting conflicting information?

Is it possible to tether my blackberry storm without paying an additonal $15 to Verizon? I would only use this when my internet is down so I will not purchase this service.

However, I have a co-worker telling this is included if I have the unlimited data plan. That seems to be contrary to everything I am reading which says you have to pay Verizon an additional $15 per month.

Apparently, there is a free app on blackberry world?

Please let me know how this works. Thanks.
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Tether dot com is cheaper, but data limits still apply
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You have to buy the software for $49. Is there any free tether app?
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You want fries with that? Everyone wants free stuff but let me (and everyone else) know what you find and how to avoid the data caps and VZW fees.
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To the best of my knowledge, there are no free options. If you want to play like a sport.....

In the past, I paid the $15 a month to Verizon. I found I did not tether a lot and so I purchased Tether ($49) and it works well. Subsequently, I dropped the $15 monthly plan with Verizon.

Now, on to the legal issue at hand. If Verizon discovers that you are using the handheld as a modem and not paying the $15/month, you can be held liable for the data useage. This type of data useage is not included in the $44.95/month Unlimited (5GB) Blackberry data plan. That is why they charge the additional tethering fee. I use it sparingly (only when I have the need) and I have never had a problem. But that chance always exists.

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Thanks for letting me know.

Once the blackberry storm is tethered to a laptop, can the phone still be used to send/receive phone calls?
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No. With Verizon, voice and data cannot run simultaneously.
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Having problems getting Tether to work in XP. Can I just install the drivers or do I have to load the entire Desktop Manager software? That slows down my system considerably.

Please let me know. Thanks.
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You should only need the drivers. I would think Windows Update would install them automatically when you first connect the device. If not, you can try to simply google "9XXX driver" and see what comes back.
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angelot,

Have you tethered yet? I tried it briefly and didn't care for it. However I have access to Wifi every 100 yards in Orlando so it really isn't necessary locally. When I travel I use hot spots and pay for access when I need it. It works out cheaper for me that way.

If you haven't tethered, the below video shows you step by step how to get a free trial for Tether. Try it before you pay for the service. You may find it works for you but the video is helpful.

YouTube - How to Tether from your blackberry to mac or pc free
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Can we tether for free or not?

I canceled my wireless card because I thought I could tether for free.
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InfoProdigy,

you can get a free trial period with Tether. Then purchase the full version for a $49 flat fee. After that there is no cost associated with Tethering.

However, a Scassel noted, if you start killing it regularly VZW could come after you for the data usage. If it is occasional usage, I wouldn't sweat it. But if you are burning up the internet with the Tether daily, then I suggest you pay the $15 monthly fee.
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