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How to use your Blackberry internet connection through your computer

Today I will show you a handy little tip on how to use your Blackberry internet connection through your computer.  This comes in very handy when you don’t have an internet connection on your desktop PC or laptop but you do have 3G on your phone. Any data you use will come out of your existing phone data plan so you shouldn’t incur any excess charges (unless you go over your data allowance).

For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using a Blackberry Bold 9780Linberry Blackberry Desktop Manager for Linux and Linux Mint 12 but the steps work on all Linux Distributions.  For Windows users you will need to use Blackberry Desktop Software to accomplish the same task.

First thing to do is connect your phone to your computer via its usb cable.  Then we need to download Linberry and install it.

Now we need to click on the ‘Use your Blackberry as a modem to surf the internet” icon (bottom left).

On the next page read the information and then click proceed.

We will now be told that your Blackberry phone needs to be restarted (shown below) so click on Restart my Blackberry

On the follwoing page (shown below) follow the instructions on how to reconnect your Blackberry to the system when it has restarted.

On the next page click Connect.

Your phone will now authenticate with your data carrier and in a minute or so you will be able to access the internet on your computer.

WORD OF WARNING Your mobile data plan is designed for use on your phone.  If you start accessing the internet through your computer you will use up your data allowance a lot quicker than you usually would.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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Blackberry Desktop Software for Linux

I have been searching for ages looking for Blackberry Desktop Software for Linux.  You see RIM decided in their wisdom not to support Linux when developing their Desktop Software and only go with Windows and Mac OS.  Thanks guys!!

Then today I came across a piece of software called Linberry.  And voila my search is over.

Linberry allows you to backup your phone or Playbook to your desktop PC so if you lose your phone you don’t lose your contacts or everything else on it.

So what else can it do?

It can also restore your phone from a previous backup.

You can also install and uninstall applications to your phone.  Just download the application to your PC and then upload it to your phone.

You can also view your entire contact list on your PC too!!

Last but not least is the option to use your phone as a modem to the internet.  This would come in very handy if you happen to be in some remote place (i.e Scottish highlands) and quickly need to access something online.

Just a quick note.  If you do decide to use your phone as a modem then be aware that your data allowance will be used up quicker than normal when using the internet on either a desktop or laptop.

Linberry is still in Beta at the moment and the developers are hoping to add more features in the near future but personally I think this is a very good start.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.


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