How to Tether Your Computer to Your BlackBerry for Internet Anywhere
While the ability to tether your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer for internet access everywhere is not new, if you have been considering buying a 3G USB wireless internet card for your laptop to use the internet from the comfort of anywhere, then here is a quick rundown on how to do it. Plus, it will give you a feel of how the internet will supposedly work on the rumored BlackBerry Tablet, since it reportedly will be relying on a tether to your BlackBerry for internet access when a Wi-Fi network is not present. Interested yet?
The tethering magic all runs through Research In Motion Ltd.’s (RIM) BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, get it na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop for free. So run over and grab a copy for your PC. Next you need to check how much your carrier charges for the service. Some require a tethering plan, and others will simply bill you for it after the fact (usually pretty expensive in comparison to getting a tethering plan). After you have decided which option to choose and get the necessary connection information from your carrier, you just plug your Blackberry into your computer, open RIM’s Desktop Manager, click “IP Modem,” choose the appropriate profile for your carrier, and enter the information that your carrier gave you (if any is required), and then click “Connect.” Voila, you are tethering and freed from the constraints of Wi-Fi.
Of course, if you really do not want to have to bother with pricey tethering fees, options that bypass carriers are available. Tether, a popular app for BlackBerry promises significantly greater speeds than RIM’s software but goes for a cool $49.95. Pretty cheap actually considering how much phone carriers charge the service and that once you have it, you will not have to pay monthly fees. More information on Tether is available at tether.com along with a free 7 day trial.
There is no excuse to try it out Tethering on your BlackBerry, so run over and try it out. Or if you prefer RIM’s version and are willing to pay the carrier fees, then it makes a very nice alternative to those pricey USB cards and their monthly fees. If you currently tether your laptop to your BlackBerry, or are considering it, let me know what you think. We live in the 21st century now, so there is no need to limit your laptop PC to the confines of Wi-Fi networks. Go to the park and get some fresh air while you browse or catch up on some work.
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