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Old 06-15-2006, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Just Freakin' Great... Spent $350 on this damn thing thru T-Mobile to hear this!...

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Alright, to make a REAL LONG story short, basically neither Blackberry OR T-Mobile SUPPORT the 8600g as a modem. What I'm trying to do is use it as a modem for my HOME computer. I keep getting error message 763 which has to do with TCP/IP connections.

I've spent about 8 hrs on the phone with T-Mobile for the past wk (since I've had the phone...) going thru setting up ALL the modem options, network connections, makings sure the COM3 is hooked up, blah, blah, blah... I've gone all throughout the HELP option on my computer looking up what these errors and what-not, mean and have tried a whole list ot options with the 763 error message. I have about a 3-4 yr old Sony VIAO Desktop and since I do NOT have internet on it, I was trying to use my new and EXPENSIVE investment as a modem to save on a $38 a month internet bill. (Nice freakin' try huh?!...)

I got this thing on the 7th of June and as far as I know it's all up-to-date. Half of the people at T-Mobile (yes only HALF...) say that it can be used as a modem for my desktop, but I have them absolutely stumped on this one!!! They've tried calling Blackberry about the issue but they say they don't support using the 8700g as a modem therefore will not give info on it.

I've done the following...
-Tried using different standard modems
-Re-installed the BB software (about 6 times now...)
-used diff. COM ports... (COM3 & COM4 now...)
-tried the "AT+" code (wap.voicestream.com) msg.
-tried 2 diff. dial #'s... (*99# & *99***1#) with T-Mobile

Basically I need to know from other 8700 users what the hell works, cause this thing is about ready to get thrown out the damn window. I mean, if I hafta just get regular internet for it, then fine... BUT I was hoping spending the money that I did on this I could save $ on a regular internet bill. Hmmm...

If you'd like please forward information to: [email address]

Thanks!!! -Crystal.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure if this helps? [User] HOWTO: Use BlackBerry As Modem For Laptop!
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Unhappy Hmmm.... no further help!? :(

This is for laptops... I have a stand alone PC... and need info. for the 8700G model... Thanks tho... :/ -Crystal.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I hope you have other intentions for the handheld other than just the tethering factor. Would be quite the spendy purchase for a modem that runs slower than cable/dsl connections.

I know cingular makes us purchase the tethering option seperate from our data plans, you might want to make sure T-Mo doesn't do the same.
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You can try two things. Look at my tips doc and there was thread here when the 8700g came out on how someone unlocked it and used it as a modem on TM. Go find the thread and you should have luck. But don't be impressed with the speed. I think it's ok for grabing small email but not surfing.
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Unhappy Hmmm....

Unable to find further information on that link you sent. :/

I don't care if the speed is slow... I just need for for a few uses. It's not the only thing I use it for... I was just hoping for the added bonus.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Unable to find further information on that link you sent. :/

I don't care if the speed is slow... I just need for for a few uses. It's not the only thing I use it for... I was just hoping for the added bonus.
See my signature and get the 8700 tips doc from my site.
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One quick thought here, are you using a USB port on the front of the Desktop or the back? Some ports on the front are different on older PCs and have limited capabilities. I had a problem with my last Dell with that, wouldn't recognize a USB Stick.

Hope this helps
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Technically speaking $350 isn't too expensive for a subsidized PDA phone-type device. That appears to about be the norm. There are much MORE EXPENSIVE options. 'Ya pays 'yer money and 'ya takes 'yer chances!.

It looks like you want stinsonddog's 8700c tips document (that he linked), page 14. It gives some T-Mobile settings that may work. We'll just have to try them. Also make sure your using USB and not bluetooth or IrDA (I'm not going to assume anything since you have trouble locating Stinsonddog 's link). If you were that concerned about tethering, you should have cleared that with your sales associate in the first place. He or she may have suggested a different phone that is easier to tether. Although given the information on Stinsonddog 's tip sheet, this should be straightforeward.

Good luck on your quest to get tethering to work.
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Try this
http://www.mobishark.com
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Download the recent version of desktop manager from tmobile.
And make sure you start that before using it as a modem.
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no offense, but why would you wanna use your BB 8700 as a modem for your home computer? you know how slow that would be? why not just pay the 38 bucks for internet and no hassle when you already coughed up about $350 for the BB?
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no offense, but why would you wanna use your BB 8700 as a modem for your home computer? you know how slow that would be? why not just pay the 38 bucks for internet and no hassle when you already coughed up about $350 for the BB?
Agreed as it's just not tenable. Needs HSDPA speed or EVDO for home use UNLESS IT'S EMAIL ONLY.
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Agreed as it's just not tenable. Needs HSDPA speed or EVDO for home use UNLESS IT'S EMAIL ONLY.
...or Google. Since it's a very light page, searching in google works pretty well. But in general, as a backup option (if your cable modem/dsl goes down) it's still great to have.
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This is for laptops... I have a stand alone PC... and need info. for the 8700G model... Thanks tho... :/ -Crystal.
Whether it be for laptops or desktops, the instructions would be the same. A laptop is just a desktop with smaller components...
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As with grindtime84, I hope I don't offend, but I just don't get the whole tethering idea AT ALL. I read post after post, thread after thread, about this issue and I have yet to come across a single solid reason to do it. I mean I guess maybe when on the road travelling, and in need of some web surfing, but even that seems unnecessary. Personally, I would never even consider tethering at home - that seems absurd. I had DSL for years, and just got a cable connection this year. Though it costs a little more where I live, the speed I get is rediculous, and I will never have anything less than DSL. Who the heck still pays for dial up, really? Some DSL providers out there are down to $15/month!

When I have my laptop away from home (shiny new black MacBook!!!), I am just about always in a hotspot of some sort, especially nowadays that they are everywhere. Maybe I'm spoiled living in the Seattle area where they are abundant, but surely everyone else has a public library or a coffee shop nearby, or even a FedEx/Kinkos or Panera Bread! You almost have to look for a place where there ISN'T a hotspot. Many are free, and the others are only a few dollars for the entire day, so when I find myself in the airport or coffee shjop that charges, I dish out the $3 and surf away. The three bucks is certainly worth it instead of trying to tether on surf at EDGE speeds on my MacBook - that would se eee eem s l o w.....

Anyway, if there are reasons out there that I am unaware of, which is oftent he case, please enlighten me, and I apologize in advance. But it just seems rediculous to me. To each his own...
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This is for laptops... I have a stand alone PC... and need info. for the 8700G model... Thanks tho... :/ -Crystal.
Uhmm... I cant believe no one bothered to say that it doesnt matter. There is no fundamental difference between a laptop and a desktop. Its just a different form factor. This guide should work for a desktop if it works for a laptop. The BB 8700 model as in 8700g, 8700c, 8700r, etc doesnt matter either. Your carrier matters, but T-mobile will not charge extra for tethering. So try that guide.
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I can say that when in a pinch I use it to grab email at an airport when it doesn't make sense to shell out $10 and I can grab the email in about a minute or 2.
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Isn't that the best time to use your BlackBerry? I wouldn't get out my laptop and tether up just to check email when I carry an email machine on and EDGE network. Why do you?

Addtionally, T-Mo and some others only charge about $3 for a single day or for a couple hours.
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Isn't that the best time to use your BlackBerry? I wouldn't get out my laptop and tether up just to check email when I carry an email machine on and EDGE network. Why do you?

Addtionally, T-Mo and some others only charge about $3 for a single day or for a couple hours.
Because sometimes attachments need to be viewed on a PC.
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