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TetherBerry – Easily Use Your BlackBerry As A Modem (Tethering)

teatherberry TetherBerry just launched today. Tethering has been around awhile for BlackBerry’s but it is not the simplest thing to setup and there are numerous ways for it to go wrong. Also many carriers find ways to block it or monitor it though it is free… I do it every once in awhile on AT&T and its very flaky since the right combination of Device Manager and modem settings need to be right for it to work and not give you inexplicable errors.

TetherBerry is offering a simple solution, albeit expensive at $39.99 until March 12th, to tether your BlackBerry. You just install a app on your PC and your BlackBerry and it will route your laptop or PC’s internet connection off your BlackBerry data plan. As I said there are free ways to try and tether your BlackBerry but what TetherBerry offers is simplicity. I think it is perfectly targeted towards the users who cannot act as their own help desk and just want to get online free at Starbucks…

They currently only support Windows PC’s but they do support 64-bit Windows and plan for Mac support soon.

Check it out at www.tetherberry.com and let me know what you think! The $39.99 price tag is high but nothing compared to a tethering plan or a separate data card. If you have been having trouble tethering manually you may want to check this out. They have a 30 day money back guarantee just in case.

From the description:

  • Internet Anywhere: You can use TetherBerry anywhere you can make phone calls.
  • Easy Setup: Download our software to your BlackBerry and another for your laptop… Then surf the web and email just like you would with any Internet connection.
  • Fast Speeds: Download speeds that are impressive. Our users download at speeds up to 1,800 kbps.
  • No Tethering Fees: TetherBerry uses your phone’s data plan and we do not charge tethering fees. *
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  1. Works fine on a Mac. You can just download the modem drivers (http://www.fibble.org/archives/2007/10/updated-modem-s.html) and pair your BlackBerry. (with a dataplan)

    If your provider doesn’t support high speed access, you just switch your BlackBerry to GPRS only. Done.

  2. $39.99 for an “introductory” rate! What will this me normally? $69.99? Do they realize that you can tether a blackberry for free with a bit of manual configuration, and this app just makes the process more convenient? I was expecting to pay $20 full price. The app works great in Beta, but you can forget me ever paying anything more than $20 for this.

  3. I made a point of saying that it does not offer anything you could not get free… I just consider it a solution for all the people who could not get it to work themselves…

  4. I used to be able to Tether for free on my blackberry on TELUS, but since Februray 25, they are monitoring the tethering they were offering…and it now costs 8$/MB.
    Thanks, but no thanks.

    So TetherBerry IS a solution to this problem using a one time fee… Unless you have a better way for me to Tether without them noticing ??

  5. If you get “caught” by AT+T, would you be asked to pay the thethering data fees? Does this work with corporate VPN?

  6. Make sure to read the EULA:

    Allocation of Risk. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MAY INCUR ADDITIONAL CARRIER COSTS, AND THAT YOUR PLAN MAY BE TERMINATED BY YOUR CARRIER FOR VIOLATION OF YOUR CARRIER’S FAIR USE POLICY OR TERMS OF SERVICE. BY USING ANY MATERIALS OR PRODUCTS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT, THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO THE DISCLAIMERS CONTAINED IN THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT.YOU AGREE THAT THE ABOVE WARRANTIES AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY REFLECT THE ALLOCATION OF RISK AMONG THE PARTIES AND THE PRICE OF THE SOFTWARE.

  7. No kidding. I expect to soon be reader reports all over the forums about users getting either huge data overage fees or getting dropped. No way the carriers are gonna let something like this slip through their fee generating tethering plans.

  8. I have an 8830 WE through Sprint (which I am dying to replace with a next-gen device…whenever they release one), and I use Sprint SmartView for my tethering needs. The BlackBerry data plan I have (I assume this is for current plans too) includes free tethering (which I did not get with Verizon). I use it quite frequently (10+ times per month), and most connections are 10-15MB each. Sprint has software called SmartView that handles the connection (although it will hijack your WiFi adapters too), and I’m running it on Windows 7 x64 with no problems….just in case anyone out there still uses Sprint besides me.

  9. I copied the following text from Verizon’s Terms of Service Agreement.

    ”The Unlimited plans cannot be used: (1) for any applications that tether the device to laptops, PCs, or other equipment for any purpose,…We reserve the right to deny or terminate service, without notice, to anyone who uses the Unlimited plan in any manner prohibited above or whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels. We also reserve the right to terminate service upon expiration of Customer Agreement term.”

    Just to get it out of the way, I do not work in the wireless business and would love to see carriers loosen absurd restrictions on features that their customers have already paid for like GPS, WiFi, MMS and Tethering. I believe that tetherberry is a great app and would buy it if I was comfortable that I would not receive penalties from Verizon. Does the expiration of Customer Agreement term mean the end of the billing period or end of contract? I wish they would be clearer as for possible fees associated.

  10. Verizon 8830 customer here. As long as you do light web surfing and don’t overdo it (P2P, big ftp, etc.), then I ain’t thinking they are coming after you. Still, I’ll keep an eye on it and see if it pisses them off.

    Just don’t abuse it folks and it should be ok.

  11. Anyone know if T-Mo cares about this?

  12. woah!!! 39.99 for what I can manually do and get it done for me. Sorry my friend, I don’t think I wanna sink my 39.99 for what i already know. If it was 9.99 I would have thought about it.

    Thanks

  13. So who has the “manual” configuration links?
    ATT Curve, Bold, and Red Devil 8830.

  14. Blackberry itself has example of T-Mo settings. So since I am with T-Mo I am good. Thanks

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