With the BlackBerry Bold 9700 you can make phone calls, send and receive texts, stream audio and video and surf the Internet, all on your device. On top of all of that, you can also connect the Bold 9700 to your computer and use the cellular connection to give your computer Internet access in a process called tethering. Tethering your BlackBerry was originally a complicated procedure to set up, but it is now included as a major function in the new BlackBerry Desktop Software.
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Things you need
- BlackBerry connection cable
Download and install the BlackBerry Desktop Software program from the BlackBerry website. Even if you have an earlier version, you will need to have version 6.0 or later to easily tether your BlackBerry.
Connect your BlackBerry Bold 9700 to your computer, using the connection cable that came with the Bold. Close any windows that may automatically open on your computer when you plug in the device.
Double-click the BlackBerry icon on your computer desktop to start the BlackBerry Desktop Software.
Click on "Tools" at the top of the software window, then choose "Mobile Internet Settings" from the drop-down menu.
Look at the field labelled "Profile." If your wireless carrier is already listed, just click "OK" at the bottom of the screen. If no carrier is listed, click the arrow next to the field and choose your carrier from the list. If your carrier is not listed, click on "Add Custom Profile" and type a name for the profile. If you have to manually choose your provider, or created a new profile, you will then have to enter your user name, password and access point into the fields on the screen. You will have to contact your wireless provider to get this information. Click "OK" when you are done.
Click on the "Mobile Internet" icon at the bottom left corner of the window. Your computer will now be connected to the Internet through your Bold 9700.
Tips and warnings
- Some mobile carriers, like Verizon and Sprint, require that you have a certain plan in order to tether your BlackBerry. These charges will vary by carrier, but contact your provider beforehand to see if a certain plan is required to perform this task.
- Some wireless carriers have data soft caps, and charge a significantly higher rate for data after you reach this cap. Contact your wireless provider to determine if you have a cap, and watch your usage closely if you do.
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