Tether your Blackberry for free

I am truly shocked that a company out there called “Tether”, formerly “Tetherberry” is SELLING an app that allows you to use your Blackberry (or Android) as a modem to connect your PC or laptop to the Internet when you have no other options.

Actually, I’m not that surprised that “Tether” is selling it.  But I am surprised that people are buying it.

Right now, I am only speaking about Blackberry because I own one and run an office where I support a whole group of people who each have one.  I have had to learn how to rebuild a Blackberry from the group up.  I don’t know that much about Androids but I’m sure it can’t be that difficult to do on those either.

Now to my point – I learned a long time ago, from documentation ON THE BLACKBERRY WEB SITE, how to tether your Blackberry as a modem FOR FREE without signing up with your carrier for an extra data plan.  The carriers have tried to make it more difficult for people to do it by removing the ability to do it from the Blackberry Desktop Manager software.  But as you will see in the documentation referenced, there’s always a way around this.

Here is the document from Blackberry: http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=KB05196

And here is some additional documentation the will help you for your specific carrier: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Connect-to-Internet-with-Your-BlackBerry-without-Paying-For-Data-Plan

Essentially there are two ways to connect for free.  The first, you follow the setup instructions, then you run Blackberry Desktop Manager and just leave it running in the background (as stated in the instructions).  Then you connect using your modem (which is your Blackberry attached to your computer via the USB cable that came with it.

If you want to actually use Desktop Manager to make the free connection, it’s a little more complicated.  You have to edit an XML file on your computer as stated here: http://www.interworks.com/blogs/wlyles/2010/01/29/how-tether-your-blackberry-using-desktop-manager-even-att/ .

Then you can launch your internet connection right from Desktop Manager.

The bottom line is:  DON”T PAY ANYONE $50, or even $1.99 for an application when you can set it up yourself for free.  I did it for all of my users and they all use it when needed.  It works fine.  Our president went to Switzerland last year and he used it there as well.

It really bugs me when companies like “Tether” or “Tetherberry” fool the public into thinking they have to buy something when it can be done for free.  They are relying on the fact that you don’t know how to do the research to figure it out yourself.  Just because you are not a Blackberry expert doesn’t mean you should get screwed.