It's pretty clear already from the new Blackberry Desktop that RIM intends that at least one future Blackberry (at the absolute minimum) support being used as a modem. The question is will it work on current Blackberries such as 7280 with the addition of another BlackberryOS component added to the 7280.
I successfully installed the RIM-branded modem driver with no error messages but fail in attempting to actually use it. The RIM-programmed Blackberry software on my system actually displays this exact dialog box when I try to access the virtual COM port enabled by the driver in the modem subdirectory:
Blackberry Handheld Manager. |
The connected handheld does not have the necessary
software required for modem functionality installed.
Please contact your carrier for the required handheld
This is pretty irrefutable proof that RIM intends at least one Blackberry (at least a future one, like 7290) to be treatable as a modem for a laptop.
But yes, please find out if current Blackberries can be upgraded with this "software update" for modem functionality. This dialog message implies that this is a software update.
It's possible that this is a value-added option that the carrier sells, as the messages indicates I have to obtain the software from the carrier.