The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tethering a Blackberry to a Mac!

I know there are more and more options for tethering the iPhone, but I don't think they work well enough right now. There is one official app that is not for sale anymore and it didn't offer complete internet. It worked through a proxy. Other options are only for jailbroken iPhones and often have the same limitations. It is one of the reasons why I switch between an iPhone and a Blackberry. Blackberry tethering is not easy to setup, but once it is all done, it works very well. Here are the steps to get it going:

1. Download the modem scripts for your Blackberry phone and drop the scripts in this folder: Macintosh HD:Library:Modem Scripts. You can find the modem scripts for the Blackberry 8100, 8700 and 8800 and where to drop the script here. If you have links to modem scripts for other Blackberries, please post about it in the comments.

2. Pair your phone with your Mac through Bluetooth.

3. Select your phone and click on the gear in the Bluetooth Preferences. Choose "Edit Serial Ports".

4. Add a serial port. Change the Protocol to "Modem" and the Service to "Dialup Networking". Check the box next to "Show in Network Preferences".

5. Go to "Network Preferences" and select the serial port that you just created. It is called "BlackBerry8110-BlackBer-1" for me.

6. In "Telephone Number", enter the APN of your service provider ( for Rogers Wireless), the User Name in the Account Name field (wapuser1 for Rogers) and the password (wap for Rogers). You can Google that information for your service provider.

7. In Advanced, select the Vendor "Research in Motion" and the Model that matches your phone.

8. That's it! Click Connect and it should log on. You really should get additional info from service provider. Not all wireless service provider included tethering and you don't want to end up with a huge bill.

Here are screenshots of everything:


Blogger Unknown said...

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September 28, 2008 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Ezana said...

sorry to sound like a noob but i don't even know what tethering is

September 28, 2008 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Dominic P. Tremblay said...

@ezana Tethering means that you are using your cell phone as a modem for your computer. You can then use the internet on your compjuter in places where it would not be available otherwise.

September 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Shauna said...

Does this only work with Blackberries? I have a Palm Centro. Do you know of any ways to use that as a modem?

September 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...


It is most likely possible. I really don't know how though. I have looked through many websites to figure out a procedure that works for the Blackberries.

September 28, 2008 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Lana said...

Thank you! I've been looking for this info everywhere for Rogers!! Would you mind if I posted this to my blog?

May 3, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Lana said...

OKay so this is working wonderfully- absolutly perfect. Only problem is now my Macbook alerts me that it "can't connect to the internet device" 3 or 4 times whenever I start my computer/wake it up. Any ideas? I've disabled the settings, set Airport as the first there a setting to stop this? It's annoying!

May 6, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Does anyone know the script for a Blackberry 8900?

August 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger sachin godambe said...

does anyone know the script for Blackberry bold 9000

September 29, 2009 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have been searching for hours and I haven’t found such awesome work.
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January 17, 2013 at 1:22 AM  

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