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    True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

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    I've searched this board but found only passing information on this question.

    Can the BB 8700 be used as a DUN modem for gaining internet access on a notebook computer? If so,

    [1] is it done via a tethered USB cable or Bluetooth
    [2] anyone done it successfully with a Mac?
    [3] does it use voice or data minutes (thinking of Cingular here)

    If not, is this something that is potentially hackable, or upgradable via RIM/Cingular?

    Thanks!

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    [1] both
    [2] havn't heard of any success there yet.
    [3] data kb unless on an unlimited data plan.

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    It depends.

    On T-Mobile, yes.
    On Cingular, you will need to add their tethering plan for an additional $30/month.

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    on tmobile you cna sue it as a modem same as the rest of the BB devices.. but it must be USB the BB devices have jsut recently unlocked other bluetooth deatures than audio.. but as of now you cnanot do a bluetooth modem..

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    I don't think there are appropriate drivers that allow a BB to be used as a modem yet. This is where Mac needs to step up to the plate. The lack of support for using a BB as a modem for a Mac has made a lot of people I see in another forum quite ticked off. Some have bought Windows PC's to get around this while others have given up BB or used other devices that can be used with a Mac and use the BlackBerry as a backup or at work only (This also took place before Pocket Mac was introduced to let BB users synch with Macs). If this situation changes, I will happily give up my Windows PC because I've had my eye on a PowerBook G4 or ibook G4 for a while (see below).

    I've seriously thought about getting a Mac notebook due to issues with files, pictures on CD's, etc that I cannot open on a Windows PC but I will keep my BB. Anybody here WORK for Apple and use a BlackBerry? LMAO

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    ~~Posted via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~~If anyone needs the instructions for setup let me know and I can send them to you..

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    You mean there is a way to go online using a BB as a modem for a Mac?

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    This is cool; I heard that you could not do this at all.

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    i heard you COULD do it without tethering, but it would be at the "regular" ole non-edge speed..

    does anyone know if this is true?

    does anyone know for sure that if you do add tethering on, it will be at the EDGE speeds? (and if so, would using it as a modem w/ edge speeds, is this the same speed you get from an aircard? )

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    dddane....if it was tethered, it would get the same speeds as an aircard dpeneding on where you are in your coverage. For instance, I am a TMobile manager and I have helped people set this up. When they connect in store (in an EDGE area), the connections are usually in the neighborhood of 242 kbps. That speed will obviously vary depending on your EDGE signal strength.

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    cingular does require a tethered bb plan
    they charge $30USD more per month for it
    at that point you'd be using whatever data plan you have so it's unlimited access if you have an unlimited plan
    I was able to get it to work on my ibook using pocketmac (i think thats what it's called) you have to buy that though
    I got the mac to recongize there was a modem but i never actaully dialed out because i don't want to spend $30 for dialup access

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    So for the $30, does cingular give you anything to ease the installation or use? I'm thinking of the connection utility they give you when you get a pcmcia card from them...

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    I have Cingular and I did not have to add a tethering plan. If you have an unlimited data plan it applies.

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    Re: True or False: The BB 8700 CANNOT be used as a modem

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    So you were able to tether your laptop to your BB without any other expense?

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