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.