I recently upgraded my 7290 to a brand new BlackBerry 8700, keeping Cingular as my wireless carrier. I was thrilled when I got EDGE instead of GRPS: getting emails, browsing web sites, everything is much faster on the EDGE network. Then it got me thinking; what if I could connect my 8700 to my laptop and benefit from the fast Internet connection wherever I am? No need to pay $10 to $20 a day to get Internet access when I stay in a Hotel? Only a few airports provide free hotspots, wouldn’t it be great if I could stay connected for free? After all, I am always traveling with both my laptop and my BlackBerry and I am already paying for unlimited data connection.
Well, the good news: it can be done. The bad news? It took me a few days, many hours on the phone, tweaking settings to get it to finally work. Hopefully the steps below will save you a lot of time.
So how do you start? The first thing is to get your device connected to your laptop using the USB cable. Your phone came with a cable and a CD from RIM. Start by installing the “Desktop Manager” software if you haven’t done so yet. Once installed, not only your BlackBerry is recognized by your laptop but a new modem has been installed under Windows. You need to verify this modem has been correctly installed and is working properly:
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on “Phone and Modem Options”
- Then select the “Modem” tab
- In the list, you should see an entry named “Standard Modem – COM6”. This is the internal modem of your BlackBerry. So far, so good!
- Select this modem and click on “Properties” then “Diagnostics” tab.
- Click on “Query Modem” to verify it works properly.
You should get something like:
ATQ0V1E0 - OK
AT GMM - BlackBerry IPmodem
AT FCLASS=? - OK
AT#CLS=? - OK
AT GCI? - OK
AT GCI=? - OK
ATI1 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI2 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI3 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI4 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI5 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI6 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
ATI7 - Research In Motion / BlackBerry IPmodem
Now, we need to add a special command to configure this modem. In the same Window, click on the “Advanced” tab and add cgdcont=1,”IP”,”ISP.CINGULAR” in the command field.
You can now close all the windows from the modem configuration; we are done with this part. Our next step is to create a new Internet Connection on your Laptop.
Again, open your Control Panel and select “Network Connections”. Then click on “Create new connection”. Windows will take you thru a wizard to help you create the connection. Follow the screenshots below:
- For the phone number, enter *99#
- The username is: ISPDA@CINGULARGPRS.COM
- Password is: CINGULAR1
Getting tired? Don’t worry, we are almost there…
The last step is to make sure to disable IP Header Compression.
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