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:
- Pair the BlackBerry and the Mac over Bluetooth
- Go to System Preferences -> Network
- Click on the +
- Under Interface select Bluetooth and give it a nice Service Name (BBTether or somesuch) Click Create
- Telephone Number: #777
- Account Name: Anything (Elsewhere it was suggested bell1x or even email@example.com where the number was your phone number. Not needed.)
- Password: Any four digit seems to work. (Elsewhere suggested your message PIN, this doesn’t seem to be a requirement.)
- Click on Advanced…
- Vendor: Generic
- Model: Dial-Up Device
- 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.