Blackberry and Tethered modem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BenHoleton, May 16, 2007.

  1. BenHoleton macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Does anyone know what blackberries will work as a tethered modem? I have a 7100. Cingular says that it only tethers to a PC. So what ones do I need? I can buy a refurb Pearl for $60 from Cingular, or a 7130 for $40. Will those work? Thanks!
  2. mark-itguy macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2007
    While I can not speak to your model, I can speak generally, as I recently checked this out. When you tether a cell phone via USB to a laptop, it shows up as a USB modem. When Cingular says the Mac OS is not supported, they mean that their pretty GUI dialer is a Windows-only app. BUT...

    All you have to do is have the data service added to your rate plan [a phone call can do it], get a USB cable & plug in your wireless data capable phone into a USB port. Assuming OS X sees it, all you have to do is manually create a dial-up networking session. How to set that up? What username & password to use? Guess what, their are complete instructions on Cingular's own Web site!! It really urks me the drones say OS X is not supported, when in fact it certainly can be done!! I was looking for the link but have to go. I found detailed instructions at the Cingular site, under the business side.

    Good Luck!
  3. BenHoleton thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
  4. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    i use a BB pearl via bluetooth and it works fine. ill have to find the link but there is a script and directions out there on the intarweb to do this pretty easily.
  5. BenHoleton thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Unfortunately, the Pearl refurbs were sold out, but the 7130 should do it, too, so that's what I bought. Thanks for all your help.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you get it to work, please drop a note here.

    The only way I was able to get my Verizon 7130e to tether was via XP + Parallels.
  7. bat0 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2007
    I'm not sure if the 7130 can be tethered to a Mac for internet access...or at least I haven't come across a report or post from someone who has successfully done it but I can tell you that the Pearl (8100), 8800 and the 8700 (with the 4.2 OS) works via Bluetooth with the OSX. All you need to do is get the 8100 modem script from I'm assuming you're with Cingular and I'd advise that you have your account checked as you might incur data charges when you use the Blackberry for internet access on your Mac. Cingular offers an extra plan on top of the Blackberry Unlimited data plan to use for tethering (yah...that "Unlimited" only applies to internet access within the BB browser...go figure!). Some customers have reported that they didn't get charged extra but some also got a bit of shock when they received their bills (you are charged per MB). Unfortunately, Cingular/AT&T customer support does know exactly how it works and can't explain why some people are charged and some are not.

    Hope that helps.

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