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Old 11-27-2007, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to be able to tether my BB 8830 to my MacBook (running Leopard) as a Bluetooth modem. I tried searching for assistance but I can't get it to work with any info that I've found thus far. Anyone know how to enable this?

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Old 11-29-2007, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I started out using a program called Pulse (Brain Murmurs - Products) and it uses a proxy server to get to the internet (hint no need to pay the $15 for tethering). This app requires you to either subscribe to a proxy server or create your own. Then I switched to Shark Modem (MobiShark Online Blackberry Store: Shark Modem Application also no need for the $15 fee) which provides all the proxy server stuff for you. However it runs on windows, so I use it with boot camp (or vmware). Pulse will run on OSX and windows but is easier to set up with OSX. Both how ever you can use either bluetooth or USB.

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Old 11-29-2007, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmm, the Brain Murmors products seems to be more user-friendly but I see that to avoid any monthly fees you have to setup your own proxy server. This wouldn't be a problem except that it seems the proxy server software that Brain Murmor uses is only compatible with a Mac and that doesn't work for me because my desktop is a PC.
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Oh hi,

I have an 8830 on Verizon. I use it as a BT modem all the time, no extra software needed.

Perhaps you need to know the settings for the connection (assuming Verizon)?
Telephone number is #777
Account is [email address]
password is vzw

Modem script is included in Leopard, it is called Verizon Support (PC 5520)

Just make your 8830 discoverable and run Bluetooth setup

Using a MB 2.0 ghz leopard 10.5.1

I once tried to upgrade the phone firmware using VMware and windows but that didn't work. VMware has had some updates, so I may try it again since there is new firmware out.

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How do I find this modem script that you mention above? I don't recall seeing that option in the advanced settings. Research In Motion was on there but I don't remember seeing anything that said Verizon.
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Oh hi,

Under the modem window there are two pull downs
One is Vendor which you select "other"
then the other is Model which you select Verizon Support (PC 5220)

Maybe I loaded that my self, I' check. Anyway you can get it here
Apple - Support - Downloads - Verizon BroadbandAccess Support 1.0

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Got everything to work and I'm posting this with my BB as a Bluetooth modem! Now, to figure out how to get this to work with Windows XP so that when I'm running in BootCamp I can still access the internet when necessary. Any idea how to get this to function under XP?
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Oh hi,

I have an 8830 on Verizon. I use it as a BT modem all the time, no extra software needed.

Perhaps you need to know the settings for the connection (assuming Verizon)?
Telephone number is #777
Account is [email address]
password is vzw

Modem script is included in Leopard, it is called Verizon Support (PC 5520)

Just make your 8830 discoverable and run Bluetooth setup

Using a MB 2.0 ghz leopard 10.5.1

I once tried to upgrade the phone firmware using VMware and windows but that didn't work. VMware has had some updates, so I may try it again since there is new firmware out.

-Glen

Don't you need the Verizon Tethering plan to use this feature?
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes
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I noticed that the account name (that's what it's called on my Mac) where you put your phone # string in the Bluetooth panel to enable tethering with VZW seems to be a little different when I see someone post as to what the parameters are to make tethering work. I've seen "yourphonenumber@vzw3g.com", [email address]", and a few others. I tried both of these and they both worked.

So after some experimentation, I've come to find out that it doesn't matter what you put after the "@" sign, it always works. I put several random strings of characters and they all worked. I now have mine setup with nothing after my phone number - not even the "@" sign - and it works.

My guess is that under the modem tab in the Advanced options, where you tell it to use Vendor "Other" and Model "Verizon Support (PC 5220)", that makes it default to whatever's after the "@" sign.

Again, I'm on a Mac. But I think it probably works the same basic way on Windows, but the setup screens and how you get to things is obviously different.
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