Using Boost Mobile Blackberry As Modem For your PC or Notebook

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Boost Mobile Review: Using your Boost Mobile Blackberry As Modem

Before I became a Boost user, I used to ask myself the question, “Can I use my Boost Mobile Blackberry as modem for internet on my notebook?”. The short answer is, Yes.

Utilizing a phone’s internet capabilities is important for many people when they are choosing a phone service. Internet usage on mobile devices is only becoming more common and is not going away.

The ability to use your Boost Mobile Blackberry as modem should go a long way to help make your life with Boost Mobile service a more enjoyable endeavor.

Here is a review on how to use your Boost Blackberry as a modem. You may use any Boost Blackberry phone as a modem on your notebook, PC, or Mac.

Requirements to use Boost Mobile Blackberry as modem:

  • Blackberry Unlimited Plan – $60 as of June 2011 (If you Enroll in Boost Mobile Shrinkage – this gets cheaper)
  • Blackberry USB Data Cablefor connecting your Blackberry to your notebook, PC, or Mac
  • For Wireless Internet via Bluetooth – Your Notebook, PC, or Mac must have a Bluetooth USB Adapter
  • PDA Net by June Fabrics or similar program

The Blackberry phones offered by Boost are the Blackberry 8330 or the Blackberry Curve 8530 by Boost Mobile – you may use either boost phone as a modem on your notebook, PC, or Mac.

Quick Fact: At one time you could “jailbreak” your Blackberry 8350i and also tap into the internet, but this is no longer needed as Boost mobile recognized the demand to introduce Blackberry’s as an option when choosing a Boost phone.

Users who purchased their Boost Mobile Blackberry brand new would have received a data cable that is compatible with your notebook or PC / Mac. If you purchased via Ebay or Craigslist – you can easily find these USB cables for your Blackberry online. Try checking out the links provided above or go to Pricewatch to start.

If you do not choose to use PDA Net then check out Blackberry Apps and search for “Tether” to find similar programs. All of the software providers will prompt for payment because it is considered “shareware”. Expect to pay anywhere from $25 – $50 one time fee if you want to continue the services.

Most programs will not force you to purchase the software, only haggles are pop-ups letting you know it’s time to purchase if you are still using it. If you plan to use it often – I would purchase the licensed version for support.

That is basically it in a nut shell. As I said you may find other programs other than PDA Net out there, which can accomplish the same task of connecting your Boost Mobile Blackberry or other device to your computer(s). Look around the internet to see what you think would be best for you.

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  1. #1 by rome on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 2:02 PM

    you never explained how to set up the blackberry 8330 as a modem to mac / pc

  2. #2 by Anthony on Monday, October 24, 2011 - 1:29 PM

    @Rome: After you have downloaded PDA Net – you must install it on the computer & your cell phone. Once installed on both – you can begin using your phone as a modem. Make sure to have the “BlackBerry Desktop Manager” installed as well – this way you can load the software on your phone properly.

    Thanks for the feedback – I will consider doing another write up that goes into more detail on the specifics.

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