Blackberry bluetooth or wifi ipad tethering options?

Discussion in 'iPad Hacks' started by unagimiyagi, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Hi there,

    I just want to confirm that there are no currently available BT or Wifi tethering options for the BB as source to the ipad's BT or Wifi, correct? And that there are zero announced products that would support this? No jailbroken options as well, right?

    Bonus points if anyone can say why such a product does not exist. Is it b/c Apple locks down BT or b/c BB locks down its wifi ? I can already tether from BB BT to macbook pro BT.

    This has been a pipe dream of mine for a long time.
  2. bluehaze013 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    There is no bluetooth profile for tethering internet on the iPad. No idea why there wouldnt be a wifi tether available for BB, perhaps its just not popular enough with the people that make these apps/hacks.
  3. unagimiyagi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    So it is not possible to add a bluetooth profile for internet tethering to the ipad, even jailbroken? It is soley a matter of whether Apple will add such a profile?
  4. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....

    The BT profiles in the iPad, and the iPhone are all hosed up by Apple. They are only implementing half of the spec. You can use a stereo BT headset with the iPhone/iPad but it will not skip tracks or search or go to previous. It will only raise or lower the volume. Apple is not really to concerned it seems.
  5. bluehaze013 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    Probably eventually if you jailbreak.
  6. mconk macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2009
    It is a bummer that you cannot tether your phones 3G connection to an iPod touch or iPad...however, this is what i do when travelling and need to connect multiple devices.

    I've setup my BlackBerry tour to tether with my MacBook via BT. From there, I share the BT connection with the AirPort in the Sharing preference pane in System Prefs...then, go into AirPort and create a network manually, encrypt it with a password, and call it a day. This allows me to obtain wifi access on my ipod touch, iPad, or whatever movie device I am using - all through the 3g connection on my BB.

    While it can be painfully slow when sharing the bt connection over wifi, and connecting multiple devices...most of the time it really isn't that bad for web browsing, emailing, even streaming music.

    On a train ride from albany to nyc last week, i tethered my bb to my macbook, and was web browsing in safari, while my gf was using the ipod touch to web browse at the same time. I even let the person sitting next to me connect with their PC so he could get some work done. Its almost like having a MiFi, without having to pay the $60/month data plan.

    If anyone needs help setting this up, let me know...its really quite simple. You'll need to add the PAM option to your cell account obviously, unless you choose to connect using Tether, which is a $50 program, and illegal...although it does work, but you just need to be very careful not to go over the 5gb cap.
  7. PeterBat macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2011
    Tether a BlackBerry to an iPad via Bluetooth

    How to Tether a BlackBerry to an iPad via Bluetooth
    Did you save yourself a hunk of change and opt for the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad, rather than shelling out for the huge upfront (and monthly) premium for the 3G iPad? Good for you! Especially because you can use your BlackBerry’s 3G connection to get your iPad on the Internet. Here’s how:

    Step 1

    Jailbreak your iPad. You’ll be needing to install an app called ibluever onto your iPad. This app is only available from Cydia. To get started with jailbreaking your iPad, please read the “iOS Jailbreaking FAQ,” which is also located on this site:

    Step 2

    Download ibluever from the Cydia store onto your iPad. For more information about this app, see:

    Step 3

    Download PDANet onto your BlackBerry. Learn more about PDANet here:

    Step 4

    Obtain your SPC number for your BlackBerry phone. For Verizon BlackBerry phones, this is 000000. If you have another carrier, read these directions to help you get your SPC number:

    Step 5

    Run ibluever on your iPad and click On.

    Step 6

    Click on the BLUE ARROW on your device to change the settings. Enter the following into the appropriate fields:

    PIN CODE: 1234 (or any combination of numbers—try 0000 if 1234 doesn’t work)
    DIAL NUMBER: #777 (Verizon phones only)
    CHAT SCRIPT: Default non GPRS
    Sniff Mode: Off
    Waiting SDP: On

    Step 6

    On your BlackBerry, open your Bluetooth options. Disable “Dial Up Networking” and touch Save.

    Step 7

    Run PDANet on your BlackBerry. Enable “Bluetooth DUN”

    Step 8

    On your iPad, choose your BlackBerry device from ibluever.

    Step 9

    If everything is working well, you should see a little phone icon and a little Bluetooth icon in the top-right hand corner of your iPad. This means you’re connected!


    This method was tested with a first generation iPad and BlackBerry Storm on Verizon Wireless. You may have different levels of success depending on your setup. As of the writing of this article, PDANet delivered speeds of about 50 kB/s, which isn’t as fast as 3G but is faster than the EDGE network.

    Also note that, while not illegal, jailbreaking your iPad may void your warranty. Furthermore, Verizon Wireless may be able to detect that you are using your BlackBerry to tether without paying for their mobile hotspot fee. There have been reports that other carriers—namely AT&T—have been contacting users who use a large amount of data on their mobile devices and are suspected of tethering. Be aware of this, and keep an eye on your bill.

    If you are trying to tether an iPhone to your iPad, consider AT&T’s mobile hotspot feature, or try iTether from the same developers who made ibluever.

    PDANet is also available for iOS devices in the Cydia store. Also, be aware that if you don’t have an unlimited data plan for your phone, you may incur overage charges by frequently tethering your iPad. Again, keep an eye on your bill and monthly usage. Using apps, such as Netflix, and other streaming multimedia services can use up a lot of data in a short period of time.
  8. Virgo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes, there IS a way to bluetooth tether for net w/blackberry + ipad. If you don't know what you're talking about, don't post. The people at crackberry helped me set mine up. iBluever works great. The only complicated part is figuring out the settings for your particular carrier, but you can find other people talking about it. I didn't even need PDAnet on my BB Bold 9700. Just iBluever on the iPad.

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