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peterparker123 07-16-2007 11:51 AM

How to tether your Mac to Blackberry 8830
 
First of, I want to say this is a great forum. I love macs and I love BBs

Although I'm new I hope that you don't mind if I start a thread that would consolidate some of the different threads about the tethering your Mac to the Blackberry 8830. I'm not adding a new information but hope to make it easier for those that are looking for the information to come to one thread that they can use. Okay here it goes.

Can you tether your Mac to the Blackberry 8830?
The answer is Yes.
Can I tether via USB or Bluetooth?
I tried tethering via USB but was not able to do this but I have tethered via Bluetooth. Different posters have reported that they have been only able to tether via BT only. So the answer right now is BT only.
What are the speeds that you are getting?
I have gotten 220 down and 78 up. I think that this is pretty decent. It seems that this is pretty standard on VZW and Sprint. I'm not sure about the other carriers but if you can reply and add your speeds it would be great.
What is your service provider?
My service provider is Sprint. This was frustrating because it seemed like most post had to do with T Mobile or Cirgular/ATT and recently VZW. Based on the differents post that posters are reporting that all can tether. I will consolidate all of the info I found. Each carrier has to have a login and phone number
.
For Sprint
User Name: None
Password: None
Telephone Number: #777
For Verizon
User Name: (yourphonenumber@vzw3.com
Password: vzw
Telephone Number: #777
For Cingular
Still working on this
For TMobile
Still working on this
Do I need a special script?
I did not use a special script. I just followed a couple of cobbled together instructions from different sources - some on these site and some from other sites. So my answer to do this would be that you don't need a script.

Do I need to get a special plan to tether?

Depends on the carrier.

Sprint: No - it is included in your BB plan.
VZW: Yes - you have to add it for $15 per month. And you have to call

How can I tether my Blackberry 8830 with my mac?
1. Make sure that you pair your BT with your Macbook Pro.
2. Go to System Preferences.
3. Click on Network.
4. Click on the pull down for Show.
5. Choose Bluetooth.
6. Skip all the other tabs and leave blank and click on Bluetooth Modem.
7. Click on the Modem pull down and choose WWAn Support.
8. Check all of the boxes underneath the Modem pull down.
9. Close out and you will see a little phone icon in the status bar next to the airport status bar. Click on it.
10. Go down to the Open Internet Connect and click on Bluetooth.
11. Fill in the telephone number, account name and password .
12. Save it.
13. Turn off your airport.
14. Click on the phone icon and then click on connect.
15. If you have paired your phone correctly and your mac you should see the blue light start blinking. On your phone it will ask for permission. Click Yes.
16. You should see a connection dialog box with a send and receive bars on it.
17. Congrats you have tethered your Blackberry 8830 to the the mac.
Again thank you for such a great forum. Even though I'm new I hope that you don't mind that I'm doing this post. I hope to give back by contributing. I know there are more knowledgeable posters on this forum and I would appreciate any additions to this thread.

dclawyer 07-17-2007 09:52 AM

This is a great post. Thank you. This should be a sticky.

peterparker123 07-17-2007 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dclawyer (Post 603189)
This is a great post. Thank you. This should be a sticky.

Thanks dclawyer. Your post last week actually were the post that gave me hope to keep trying. (y)

BiikeMike 07-18-2007 04:43 PM

So with sprint you don't have to pay any extra, but with VZW, you need the tether plan? that seems bogus! can anyone confirm?

peterparker123 07-18-2007 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BiikeMike (Post 605263)
So with sprint you don't have to pay any extra, but with VZW, you need the tether plan? that seems bogus! can anyone confirm?

Yes. It is unfortunate but you will have to pay for it. I just set it up on one of my friends account. It is 15 per month.

leed1 07-19-2007 12:21 PM

Any idea how to tether on a Rogers 8800? I used *99# for the phone # with the name/password blank. Tries to connect, authenticate then disconnects.

peterparker123 07-20-2007 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by leed1 (Post 606261)
Any idea how to tether on a Rogers 8800? I used *99# for the phone # with the name/password blank. Tries to connect, authenticate then disconnects.

Have you tried leaving out the *

helpudotorg 07-21-2007 06:48 PM

8830 that will not connect
 
I read the form and was thrilled as I have spent many hours trying to make my new 8830 teather like my Q used to.

I have Sprint. I used both the WWAN and the cdmaOne Bluetooth Ada.
I do not see that information here.

Neither worked with this information.
I called BB advanced support and they tell me its not supposed to work and they do not support it.

Any ideas why I would continue to get this error?

"No carrier detected. Please check phone line connection and try again."

I can go on the net via the phone direct but not connect my MacBook Pro to the net.

HELP :):bb:

Ron

wako 08-01-2007 04:26 AM

I GOT IT! With a lot of fiddling and a lot of googling, I found out how to tether with TMobile USA....

I only tried it with Bluetooth and havent tried with USB.

You do need to download one thing though. Its a small script that needs to be put into ~/Library/Modem Scripts. Here is a link to download it. Click Here


Alright here is a step by step as far as I can remember how I did it...


1. Pair the unit with your mac
2. Goto System Preferences>Network. Under the drop down menu for "Show:" select Bluetooth.
3. PPP Tab
- Account Name: <Enter in your mobile phone number>
- Password: <Enter in your mobile phone number>
- Phone Number: wap.voicestream.com
4. Bluetooth Modem Tab (This is why you needed to download that script!)
- For the drop down menu select BlackBerry 3G CID1
- Select "show modem status in menu bar"
5. Press Apply Now on the bottom.
6. Click on the phone icon on the menu bar and click connect
7. You should be on the internet!


That is everything I did to get the thing to tether. I did a speed test at Speedtest.net and got 160kbps/80kbps.


If I helped anyone here and they feel like helping me out, someone please tell me what #777 is. Because when my phone dialed that when i was following the OPs directions, someone picked up which scared the crap out of me and I quickly hung up... I think I heard, "Hello, this is <something something> how may I help you?"


EDIT: Oh by the way, I did it on my Tmobile 8800 if that makes a difference...
EDIT: Original script(s) can be found Here from Ross Barkman

ggoodale 08-01-2007 06:46 PM

I believe that script was written by Ross Barkman - you might want to credit him and include a link to his site. He's put a lot of work over the years into getting us mobile-toting data junkies online. :)

wako 08-01-2007 08:02 PM

There we go

keljay 08-08-2007 07:22 PM

Has anyone tried to do this yet with Bell in Canada?

keljay

ptrewhella 08-09-2007 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by helpudotorg (Post 608618)
Neither worked with this information.
I called BB advanced support and they tell me its not supposed to work and they do not support it.

Any ideas why I would continue to get this error?

"No carrier detected. Please check phone line connection and try again."

I can go on the net via the phone direct but not connect my MacBook Pro to the net.

HELP :):bb:

Ron

Yes, I had this exact problem. It turns out that Sprint in fact did not have my plan set up correctly. I had upgraded from a Treo 650, but when I called to activate the 8830, the CSR failed to inform me that my old PCS Vision plan is not applicable with the BB. After getting this error, I phoned Sprint and asked to be put on the BB Unlimited Plan ($39.99/month) and that fixed the problem. They apparently have two of these plans -- one for CDMA and the other for RTT (same price). Make sure they put you on the CDMA version of the plan. They messed this up and I had to call back. Then they set me up on the correct BB plan, but inadvertently dropped my voice plan, and I had to make a FOURTH call. This time I got through to BB support people at Sprint and someone actually got it done right. I use the WWAN Support script and it is working fine with my MacBook.

Good luck, and let me know if you need further assistance.

Phil

juroku 08-19-2007 01:41 PM

Just curious if there have been any other fixes to the "no carrier" issue. I have confirmed on two occasions now I am on the correct plan, and it is CDMA. I still have the same issues. It indicates it is "phone to modem" then disconnects and tells me there is no carrier. I have tried several modem strings, same effect. I am working with a MacBook Pro

Interestingly enough it also sees it as a network connection when I use a USP cable. Still have the same issues. I have tried to find a Sprint 8830 specific modem string and cannot seem to find one. Am I missing something?

ClayK 08-19-2007 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by juroku (Post 637982)
Just curious if there have been any other fixes to the "no carrier" issue. I have confirmed on two occasions now I am on the correct plan, and it is CDMA. I still have the same issues. It indicates it is "phone to modem" then disconnects and tells me there is no carrier. I have tried several modem strings, same effect. I am working with a MacBook Pro

Interestingly enough it also sees it as a network connection when I use a USP cable. Still have the same issues. I have tried to find a Sprint 8830 specific modem string and cannot seem to find one. Am I missing something?

I am having the same problem. "No carrier detected. Please check phone line connection and try again." I get a script error when I check the log. Any ideas?? If this phone could tether to my MacBook, I'd be a lifetime BB user (there are other areas this phone has surpassed my expectations, this would just be the icing on the cake so to speak).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

Here's the log
Quote:

Sun Aug 19 21:07:49 2007 : Starting Apple WWAN Support CCL
Sun Aug 19 21:07:50 2007 : Connecting to Network
Sun Aug 19 21:08:01 2007 : Connect script failed

ptrewhella 08-20-2007 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by juroku (Post 637982)
Just curious if there have been any other fixes to the "no carrier" issue. I have confirmed on two occasions now I am on the correct plan, and it is CDMA. I still have the same issues. It indicates it is "phone to modem" then disconnects and tells me there is no carrier. I have tried several modem strings, same effect. I am working with a MacBook Pro

Interestingly enough it also sees it as a network connection when I use a USP cable. Still have the same issues. I have tried to find a Sprint 8830 specific modem string and cannot seem to find one. Am I missing something?

Apologies in advance if I am pointing out the obvious ....

There is no Sprint 8830 script that I know of. I am using WWAN Support. Is your phone prompting you to accept a connection when you attempt to dial? If so, set up your MacBook as a "trusted" device on your 8830 (navigate to bluetooth options .. device properties .. trusted --> change to "yes"). Also, this simply will not work with USB, because there is no kernel extension. It will show up as a port in network prefs if you have Pocketmac installed, but this is only an illusion ;-) . Have you defined a separate "location" in network preferences for BT DUN? If not, I would recommend doing so. In the new configuration, turn off all other ports except for bluetooth.

juroku 08-20-2007 01:25 PM

Yes I have it set up as trusted, the two pair just fine. It actually tries to connect to the network and that is when I get the "no carrier detected".

I have not set up a separate location for BT DUN in Network Preferences. If I understand it correctly I had however set up a separate BT Modem under BB 8300. I am not certain about whether it turned off all other ports though, never thought about that, not sure how to do that. I did turn off my Airport and it still came up with the same error.

juroku 08-20-2007 01:36 PM

Okay, I think I accomplished that task. It is a separate location. Nothing is on that location other than the Blackberry. It spends a bit more time connecting then disconnects. It is making it to the network though. In checking the log it is connecting to the network and gets a "Connect Script Failed".

juroku 08-20-2007 01:38 PM

Okay, I have set up the separate location. There is nothing on there but the BB. It pairs, then connects to the network (or tries) and I get a "connect script failed"

AndrewAZ 08-20-2007 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ptrewhella (Post 639031)
Apologies in advance if I am pointing out the obvious ....

There is no Sprint 8830 script that I know of. I am using WWAN Support. Is your phone prompting you to accept a connection when you attempt to dial? If so, set up your MacBook as a "trusted" device on your 8830 (navigate to bluetooth options .. device properties .. trusted --> change to "yes"). Also, this simply will not work with USB, because there is no kernel extension. It will show up as a port in network prefs if you have Pocketmac installed, but this is only an illusion ;-) . Have you defined a separate "location" in network preferences for BT DUN? If not, I would recommend doing so. In the new configuration, turn off all other ports except for bluetooth.

Update your macs. Under my internet settings I have a modem script that says Sprint PCS vision and thats what I use, I have an older powerbook and I know I didnt add that and it was there.


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