BlackBerry PlayBook 101: How to tether your BlackBerry PlayBook to a mobile device that has a tethering plan (does not have to be a BlackBerrry Smartphone!)

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

Without having the 4G version of the BlackBerry PlayBook at launch (and if iPad stats prove true for the PlayBook the majority will opt for WiFi-only versions anyway), most users will be looking for a way to connect to the internet when away from WiFi. For that, you simply need to connect your mobile device to the PlayBook tablet via Bluetooth. I've noticed a bit of a misconception going around that people think it has to be a BlackBerry Smartphone you tether to, but as RIM has relayed to us the whole time that is not the case.

Remember, the BlackBerry Bridge, which allows you to get your BlackBerry Smartphone's email, calendar, contacts, etc. on your PlayBook (it turns your PlayBook into a big monitor for your BB phone) is different than Internet Tethering. The device you are tethering to does need to support tethering (you'll need to confirm with your plan/carrier if there will be tethering chargers, etc.), but again, it doesn't need to be a BlackBerry. The process for setting up tethering is pretty simple, but so you don't get lost along the way we have a quick tutorial to help you get it done.

Connecting to the internet via Bluetooth on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Before you begin you'll need to verify the following:

  • The wireless service plan of the device must support tethering.
  • The device must be compatible with Bluetooth technology. To find out what Bluetooth profiles the device uses, see the information that came with the device.
  • Bluetooth DUN must be enabled. If this IT policy is not available, check with the service provider or administrator.

1. Enable Bluetooh

Before you get started, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both the phone and tablet. To activate Bluetooth on the PlayBook:

Tap the settings icon on the status bar

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

Then choose Internet Tethering

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

Tap Turn On

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

 

2. Connect to your BlackBerry smartphone

Tap the settings icon on the status bar, then again selected Internet Tethering

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

Your paired device should now be listed, tap it to connect

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

In the drop-down list, tap a service provider or tap Add and add a service provider to the list. 

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

Tap the service provider and choose Connect.

If you add a service provider you are prompted to create a custom profile. Enter the APN, user name, and password that your wireless service provider has given you and tap Connect

Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook via Bluetooth

That's it! You should be up and running and successfully able to connect to the internet through your smartphone. Keep in mind that some carriers may charge a fee for this, so you'll want to check in with them so you don't get any surprises on your bill!

Be sure to check out all of our BlackBerry PlayBook 101 articles to help get you up and running.