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PdaNet Now Tethers the BlackBerry

I don’t know PdaNet myself, but it seems to have quite a reputation. I am pretty sure I have read good things about it. Maybe the reason I am not familiar with it is that they have been supporting pretty much every mobile platform under the sun – except the BlackBerry. Shame on them!

But those times are gone. PdaNet is here and you can use it right away. Here is the official announcement:

PdaNet has been one of the most popular software for Windows Mobile phones, Palm OS phones and the iPhone. It is now ported to the BlackBerry (and sorry for keeping you waiting for so long)! Unlike other tethering software that only supports Proxy connections or through a third-party server, PdaNet provides you with direct and full Internet access so all your email, instant message programs will work without any setting changes. Just like the old PdaNet, it is as simple as clicking on the PdaNet tray icon and your computer will go online instantly at 3G speed.

Version 1.20 is a huge step forward from previous beta, it has added the follow improvements:

  • Debugging has been turned off so now the connection speed should be many times faster. On a typical Storm phone, you should expect speed from 300kbps to at least 600kbps.
  • This version adds support to older Blackberry phones with OS 4.2.1 or above. The previous one was Storm only.
  • One top of USB connection, PdaNet now supports Bluetooth DUN so that you can connect from any type of computers or devices that are Bluetooth-capable.

I wonder if my friend Val will finally be able to tether her Pearl to her Mac book. She’s been trying without success for quite some time… On the other hand, that very same announcement page says that “this is still a preview release.” So don’t hold your breath just yet. But it must be worth a try.

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  1. Is this only for Verizon? Or can I use it with my Vodafone Storm?

  2. I wish PdaNet also able to tether bold to ipod touch. It will become a good combination, ipod touch + Bold/Javelin. thanks.

  3. Hmmm…another app with which to tether? So I wonder if THIS obe violates carrier restrictions by giving you tethering without paying for the tethering plan?

  4. @Fabian:
    In the discussions about TetherBerry here and elsewhere the TOS of at least VZW and ATT and TMO were posted that made it clear that tethering without paying for a tetherin plan violates your contract. They could take whatever action they take for any violation. Charge you extra, cut you off, whatever. As I have said over and over, the occasional use is not going to cause problems and won’t trigger carrier scrutiny, but there WILL be idiots out there torrenting and such via this, they will have huge data usage numbers, carrier scrutiny will increase, and we ALL suffer. The actions of a few who think its their RIGHT to do whatever they want to online despite laws or contracts or whatever to the contrary ALWAYS screw up good things like this for the rest of us.

  5. Which APN will be used then, the normal BlackBerry APN? Or other APNs?

  6. I used to use this with my palm treo 700p and it worked well. I am going to have to try this later and see how it goes.

  7. Pdanet was one of the few great things I liked on my windows based smartphone. It worked well on Sprint.

    BTW, carriers will be a little less able to detect and block this than a proxy based solution but it’s certainly not impossible.

  8. I can’t get this to work I installed both on the computer and the BB it connected ok via usb it transmit ok but no receive what could be the problem I am based in Africa on BIS platform

    • you need to set your apn setttings under Options/Advanced/TCP

      They are carrier specific so I cannot tell you what to put in there and watch out for data charges depending on the carrier/apn settings you use (some carriers have more than one set of settings!)

  9. can’t get this to work I installed both on the computer and the BB it connected ok via usb it transmit ok but no receive what could be the probl
    em I am based in Africa on BIS platform

  10. Your review mentions the Mac but the installer available is an .exe

    Apparently, this only works with windows?

  11. cant seem to install on vista x64

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