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Old 07-30-2008, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was able to follow instructions on this article "HOWTO: Use BlackBerry As Modem For Laptop! " and my connection worked without any issues.

Is the connection free as I already have bbery enterprise unlimited plan . Jst wanted to check if there are any charges for using my phone as a modem.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe ATT charges for this service. Not sure what the charges are, though.
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really no way to do this for free.
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Alltel charges $10/month.
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I've been looking at buying my first laptop and have been wondering about the cheapest way to go wireless with it. I don't plan on leaving home with it too much, maybe when on vacation and stuff like that. If I can use my BB as a modem, that would be great!

Anyone know what VZW charges for it? I also have my DSL through Verizon. Do they usually require a separate contract to use the BB as a modem?
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Verizon charges $30/mo for tethering on a BIS plan($29.99), and $15/mo on a BES($44.99)

And is it just added to your existing wireless contract.

Less also limit you to 5GB/mo, or something like 25 cents/mb after.
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You usually just need the data plan
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Verizon will also pro-rate this on a per day basis, so you can add it only when needed (like vacation) and remove it when you get back.
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Verizon will also pro-rate this on a per day basis, so you can add it only when needed (like vacation) and remove it when you get back.
Sweet! That's what I was hoping for. The BB serves my basic surfing needs, so I don't see much of a reason to drag a laptop out with me where ever I may go. I have a wireless router in my house so I can move about the house freely using my Verizon DSL.
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Verizon charges $30/mo for tethering on a BIS plan($29.99)
Not so. I am on BIS and have the unlimited email and web plan for $30.00 and the tethering is only another $15.00 per month, not $30.00.
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Not so. I am on BIS and have the unlimited email and web plan for $30.00 and the tethering is only another $15.00 per month, not $30.00.
But I bet if you were to remove it and try and add it again it would be $30. As of April or so they changed the rate plans, so if you had it before then, it was $15, now it's $30.
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But I bet if you were to remove it and try and add it again it would be $30. As of April or so they changed the rate plans, so if you had it before then, it was $15, now it's $30.
Indeed! I have the unlimited data/email & web package for 29.99 and found out its another $30 on top of that for the tethering package (BBA Connect 5gb/$.25mb).

I, too, followed the directions for "using blackberry as a modem" and it worked right away. However, since its working as "dial-up" and not through Verizon's VZWAccess (tethering program/plan), will I still be charged the extra $30, or will it just count towards my regular data plan?

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But I bet if you were to remove it and try and add it again it would be $30. As of April or so they changed the rate plans, so if you had it before then, it was $15, now it's $30.
My sister just got a plan and it was only $15.00 for the month, not $30.00.
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