Tethering a BlackBerry Curve and a Mac

Work supplies me with a BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Bell.  Until recently, the plan did not include tethering.  This was $5/MB.  I;m not making that up.

The good news is that, thanks to Ryan, I found out that Bell has a 1GB data plan that includes Mobile Connect (Bell-speak for tethering.)

The bad news is that setting this up on my Mac makes absolutely no sense and surfing seemed to be more of a hindrance than a help.  See, even Google isn’t perfect.

So, here’s what I did:

  1. Pair the BlackBerry and the Mac over Bluetooth
  2. Go to System Preferences -> Network
  3. Click on the +
  4. Under Interface select Bluetooth and give it a nice Service Name (BBTether or somesuch) Click Create
  5. Telephone Number: #777
  6. Account Name: Anything (Elsewhere it was suggested bell1x or even 5551112222@1x.bell.ca where the number was your phone number.  Not needed.)
  7. Password: Any four digit seems to work.  (Elsewhere suggested your message PIN, this doesn’t seem to be a requirement.)
  8. Click on Advanced…
  9. Vendor: Generic
  10. Model: Dial-Up Device
  11. Close, Apply, Connect.

You’re done.  So simple.  No scripts needed, no funky usernames or passwords, no APN, no Bell software needed.  Just pair, setup for Dial-Up over Bluetooth and you’re done.

There.  With any luck, I just saved someone an hour of frustration.

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