I was curious to see if I could stop paying Verizon $60/month for my Verizon wireless card. Don’t get me wrong. I love that little thing because it’s saved me countless dollars at hotels, airports, conferences, etc.
So I googled and found this post: Pair your Bluetooth and Mac to use BlackBerry as a modem
There’s a nice video showing how to connect/pair BB with Mac via bluetooth.
But then I noticed a reference to this post How To Tether Your Mac to BB which notes that Verizon customers have to pay $10 a month.
Certainly, that’s cheaper than $60/month. But I didn’t really want to call and talk to VZ customer service, change up my contract, etc. just to see how fast the connection was going to be.
I also noticed that all those posts were about 2+ years old. Surely, there’s got to be some newer stuff out there, right?
So I searched Blogs, which sorts results by relevancy AND age. Nice!
Tether costs $50 (one time fee), but it uses your existing data plan to connect, so no expenses to VZ. Cool!
Plus, Tether offers a free 7 day trial and a 30 day money-back guarantee.
So I downloaded Tether, paired my Mac to my BB, turned off Airport, connected Tether on BB to Tether on Mac — AND IT WORKED!
However, it was slow. Really slow. Just a little bit faster than a 14.4K modem. And my BB showed 5 bars of connectivity. Here’s my speedtest results using Tether via Bluetooth:
Presumably, the USB connection is faster, but according to Tether, you can’t tether in USB mode if you have Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac.
There are two options available for you:
- To uninstall BlackBerry Desktop Manager to use the USB Mode
- Use the Bluetooth Mode.
Tether says they are working on this, but that’s a bummer since I use BB Desktop Manager, I can’t uninstall it.
I was curious what my speedtest would be using my Verizon Wireless card in the same location, and with only two bars of connectivity, it really wasn’t *that* much faster than Tether.
With all 4 bars on the Verizon Wireless Card, I’m usually at about 2.5mbps download speed. (Compare that to 19mbps on Cox cable.)
How fast is the internet with your software?
Based on customer feedback, we have heard speeds as high as 2,400 kbps.
2,400 kbps = 2.5 mbps… so… maybe Tether is a good option for using your Blackberry as a modem for your computer after all, as long as you can uninstall BB Desktop Manager and connect via USB.