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Old 09-30-2008, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got an 8830 on VZW with BES. I have the broadband access option so I can use it as a tethered modem for internet. I have a project coming up involving some remote instrumentation which I monitor by dialup modem; I dial in between once and several times a day, download the data to my laptop, and break the connection. No internet involved. I can do this on a land line, but it would be a real benefit if I had the option to use the BB when I'm travelling. Does anyone know how I can do this?

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Old 10-02-2008, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody's ever tried to do this?
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any luck? I would like to use mine in the same fashion.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you saying that you want to dial a different number than the number you would dial to use the bb as an internet connection.....

For instance, I have my bb dial *99# to access tmobile to use as a modem for laptop.

Do you want to try and dial (123) 456-7890 instead of that *99# (or whatever you dial for your provider)

I have never tried that...give it a whirl and see if it works....then let everyone know
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It should work. Just connect your BB via USB cable (or Bluetooth), then use standard Windows Dial-up Networking to dial out. You'll need to have the Blackberry Device Manager running for it to work.

I used my BB all the time as a tethered modem. I dial #777 for VZW Internet access, but I did not install the VZW Wireless Access Manager. I just installed the BB Desktop software (which installs the necessary USB and BT drivers, and the BB Device Manager). I'm pretty sure the BB doesn't care what number you dial (e.g. #777 versus (123) 456-7890. Also, go into the modem properties for the BB and uncheck the box that says to use Hardware Flow Control (I believe - you can search around on here to find out more about that).
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I believe I have tried this with a WM device which works similar in the fact that you dial either *99# or #777. I have dialed to my works 800 number and it works but if I remember correctly I was charged "wireless minutes" by sprint. I only stayed on for a couple of minutes just to try it out but it did work.
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What you are talking about is called "Circuit Switched Data".

Blackberry devices are capable of this. However, not all carriers support it. For example, Rogers in Canada does not support CSD.

Off the top of my head, I can't recall if Verizon supports this. You may wish to check with them. Note that CSD calls don't typically fall under normal data or voice usage.
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