06-21-2008, 07:01 AM
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
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Sprint offers two (primary) Blackberry plans: $30 "personal" plan and $40 "BES" plan. The first comes with unlimited text and navigation, but no BES or tethering. The second lacks unlimited text/navigation, but does has tethering and BES. You can purchase, for $15, tethering for the personal plan.
You do not need any software to tether, as long as you have the $30+$15 or $40 plan. You simply connect to your computer by USB cable or BT, and create a dial-up networking profile (or the equivalent if not using Windows) that calls the #777 (I think this is correct) phone number. All Sprint's software really does for you is set this up (and provide some monitoring tools). I know this because I had the $40 plan and tethered this way (i.e., via DUN, without any Sprint software).
You DO need Sprint to activate your account for tethering. If you don't, when you try to connect, you'll be denied service. Having software will not do anything for you, since the network controls which phones have access. I know this because I switched to the $30 plan (without the $15 add-on) and I can no longer tether.
It sounds like CBeyond is using the Sprint network, but is providing their own services. If they don't provide tethering, then you can't do it.
To repeat: tethering requires Sprint to activate your account (having unlimited BB data is NOT sufficient) and you do NOT need Connection Manager or Sprint SmartView to tether, if your account allows it.
This aside, there is a theotetical way to do this without tethering access. You could go back to 1970's "acoustic couple" technology, where you have a modem (running at, say, no more than 300 bps) that sends/receives via the headset jack or voice BT. It's be slow, prone to error, and would require you to lug around another device. But theoretically possible.