Friday, November 07, 2008

Tethering a Blackberry Bold with Rogers

So I have this 6GB package with Rogers that I barely use but is still less expensive than the 500Mb package for reasons only known to Steve Jobs and the marketing fools @ Rogers.

I always thought that there was an extra charge for using the wireless data package with my laptop but as it turns out there isn't. So.... I gave it a try and it works well. 350Kbps up and down and essentially free because it's paid for. One more thing, I upgraded my firmware to .168 and it's rock solid and the battery life is great - highly recommended. Now it never crashes and works flawlessly.

Here's how to tether taken from Howard Forums;

Task 0: Connect your BB to your laptop using a USB cable or bluetooth* (* haven't tried yet)

Task 1: Install Blackberry desktop software on your computer.

Task 2:

Set up Internet APN.
1. Go to Start>Settings>Control Panel.
2. Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
3. In the Phone and Modem Options window, click the Modems tab.
4. Select Standard Modem and click Properties.
5. In the Standard Modem Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
6. In the Extra initialization commands field, type the following:
+cgdcont=1,"IP","Internet.com"

1. Click OK.
2. In the Phone and Modem Options window, click OK.

Task 3:

1. Go to Start>Settings>Network Connections.
2. Double-click New Connection Wizard. The New Connection Wizard opens.
3. Click Next.
4. Select the Connect to the Internet option. Click Next.
5. Select Setup my connection manually. Click Next.
6. Select Connect using a dial-up modem. Click Next.
7. If the Select a Device screen appears, select the Modem - Standard Modem check box. Click Next.
8. In the ISP Name field, type a name for your connection. Click Next.
9. In the Phone number field, type*99#. Click Next.
10. Indicate which users will have access to the connection. Click Next.
11. Enter the user name and password provided by your service provider. Click Next.
12. Click Finish.
13. In the Connect window, click Properties.
14. In the Properties window, verify that Modem - Standard Modem appears beneath the Connect using heading, and then click Configure.
15. In the Modem Configuration window, clear the Enable hardware flow control check box and make sure none of the other check boxes are selected. Click OK. In the Properties window, click OK.

Task 4:
Connect the BlackBerry device to the computer and verify that BlackBerry Desktop Manager displays Connected. The BlackBerry device must be identified by BlackBerry Desktop Manager in order for the modem to establish a connection

Task 5:
Connect to the Internet using dial-up networking.
Note: During this procedure, do not operate the BlackBerry Browser or any third-party applications on the BlackBerry device. An active data session may interfere with the modem connection. Also, make sure an ethernet connection is not active at the same time.

1. Connect the BlackBerry device to the computer.
2. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
3. Click Start>Settings>Network Connections>.
4. Enter the user name and password provided by your service provider. (BLANK for Rogers)
5. Click Dial.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you sure there are no charges? I saw on the Rogers web page theat thetering with a non approved device or plan will mean they will charge 5c/Kb, pretty expensive...

sanj said...

I've been using 3-5 GB per month mostly tethered and have yet to have a charge on my bill for tethered access. Maybe some of the new plans or 'unauthorized devices' have charges.

As far as I know, blackberry is the only device you can do this with. I tested with my GF's old brick blackberry and it works too although not 3G.

Steve T said...

I apologize for asking this again, but can you confirm that there are no extra charges?

sanj said...

Steve,
I have been using it tethered for nearly 5 months with NO extra charges for bandwidth. Mind you I have the 6GB plan which may no longer be offered but on average I am using between 1 - 5 GB mostly tethered with not a penny of extra charges.

My suggestion if you're really concerned is to get somebody elses blackberry, hook it up and download a few dozen megabytes and then check out the bill a month later.

Anonymous said...

I work for Rogers....NO CHARGES for tethering the bold or iphone, but if you go over your data limit it has now changed to $0.03 kb for the first 500kb over, and then $0.01 kb for everything else after.

hanum said...

BlackBerry Connect on my mobile (Sony Ericsson G900) couldn't run :( Do you know? thank's before

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