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How to: Tether BlackBerry Pearl to PC for use as a modem

October 30th, 2006

How to: Tether BlackBerry Pearl to PC for use as a modemMore providers are encouraging the use BlackBerry handhelds as tethered modems, but few are detailing how it’s done. We have created the following article to assist in the set up of your GSM/GPRS BlackBerry for use as a tethered modem for your Windows based PC.

The following article applies to users of the new BlackBerry Pearl (8100 series), 7130 series and 8700 series GSM/GPRS handhelds. BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.1 or better will be required, so make sure you have that installed first.


Install the BlackBerry Desktop Manager

  • When you install BlackBerry Desktop Software, the drivers that enable the BlackBerry device to communicate through the USB port and virtual COM port are installed. The Standard Modem, which is used by dial-up networking, is also installed.

Note: If you are upgrading your BlackBerry Desktop Software from version 4.0 to 4.1, the required Virtual COM Port and Standard Modem might be removed during the upgrade process. If this is the case, re-install the BlackBerry Desktop Software 4.1 or later and choose the Repair option to re-install these components.

Set up Internet APN
From your PC:

  • Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel
  • Double-click Phone and Modem Options
  • In the Phone and Modem Options window, click the Modems tab
  • Select Standard Modem and click Properties
  • In the Standard Modem Properties window, Click the Advanced Tab
  • In the Extra initialization commands field, type the following: +cgdcont=1,”IP”,”your Internet APN
  • Note: If you do not know your Internet APN, or if you do not have an Internet APN, contact your service provider.

  • Click OK
  • In the Phone and Modem Options window, click OK

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