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Tethering with Blackberry on a Mac

Discussion in 'Technology' started by slice, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. slice

    slice TRIBE Member

    Has anyone successfully done this? I can't seem to connect and Telus doesn't do customer support for Mac.

    It shows up on my network preferences, but I have no clue what to fill the fields in with and I think that's why it's not connecting. What do I put in account name? My full name on my Telus account? Or is it some number? I haven't assigned any sort of password either so I don't know what that is.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin TRIBE Member

  3. ian

    ian TRIBE Member

    Be careful. . . I did it quite a bit one month when I had a dodgy home internet connection and my work received a bill for $3000. Needless to say they were not happy (but they paid it).
  4. slice

    slice TRIBE Member

    Ha! I left all fields blank, hit connect, and boom! Connected.
  5. slice

    slice TRIBE Member

    Your plan probably didn't support tethering. I called Telus to get some info and apparently, just because you have a data plan, doesn't mean you have tethering. So I had to switch it up to have data with tethering.
  6. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    Still. It's easy to burn through a data plan designed for blackberry usage with a laptop. Just be aware of your usage.
  7. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    thats hella weird.

    you can have a data plan, but that doesnt cover tethering?

    i know with the iphone you need to have a 1gb plan or more to tether no?
    and with android you have to have data plan to even activate the service.
    but when tethered, i never got charged extra for my usage, as long as i didnt have an overage fees associated to my data plan.

    3000$ is crazy Ian ! your company my <3 you :)

  8. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin TRIBE Member

    you dont need a 1gb plan to tether your iphone
  9. Deus

    Deus TRIBE Member

    Step 2: wait for 3000 dollar bill.
  10. bitchass

    bitchass TRIBE Member

    Yeah but the Blackberry plans are different and you just don't need as much data because of the compression. The networks are very specific that if you have a 500MB or 1gb Blackberry data plan they do not include tethering. I live on my BB and the highest I can remember for monthly usage is about 750MB - any sort of tethering would pretty much instantly go over. I pay $15 for "unlimited" BB but tethering is something like $8/MB extra.

    No doubt. You're crazy to do it unless its an emergency. Find a program like "Tether" that will hide it from the carrier. $50 well spent.
  11. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    they only just stopped that, i remember seeing it in the options for Rogers and Fido, up until a few months ago, you had to have a 1GB plan to tether your iphone, or it wouldnt let you.

    its good that the default 500MB plan that comes with the ability to tether now, as its awesome in a pinch if you need it.

  12. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    ridiculous in this day and age
  13. deepfunkysoul

    deepfunkysoul TRIBE Promoter

    LMAO yeah ridiculous... when Windows accounts for 91.37% of the OS market and mac accounts for 5.06%. So it makes perfect sense to support a novelty OS. Your funny dude.

    Oh and here is your link. ;)

    Operating system market share
  14. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin TRIBE Member

    i tethered during the olympics to get the hockey Gold Medal final while driving back from the cottage with no problems at all but I'm on Bell maybe thats the difference
  15. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    entirely possible, i have no idea what bells plan offers.

  16. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    disingenuous. there is much more to this issue than simple OS penetration. tethering is a luxury add on. who is more likely to pay for that? users with more disposable income who are more willing to buy high end items, as evidenced by their purchases of luxury computers, thats who.

    also, your graph is worldwide, no? that factors in a lot of less-developed countries where computer use (and the cellphone network) is nowhere near what it is here and in the states etc. OS X is somewhere around 10% in the states, probably a little less here, but not much, and growing. what do you think the % of people paying for a tethering add-on is in north america vs the rest of the world?

    Apple's U.S. Operating System Market Share Nearing 10% - HotHardware
  17. deepfunkysoul

    deepfunkysoul TRIBE Promoter

    10 percent in USA not Canada, and its still peanuts. Regardless, if you want a straight answer I suggest you write a letter to Telus and ask them straight out why they don't support MAC. I'm sure you already know what the answer is but for the sake of the argument lets see what they say.

    Having worked for Deutsche Telekom advance product support which handled world wide support for all GSM carriers, I can tell you apple products were considered novelty products. Bottom line not worth supporting.
  18. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    they would say they don't support MAC because its a brand of makeup, not a computer.

    also, if rogers and bell support apple products (and assumedly fido as well) then it kind of leaves telus as being the odd man out, no?

    im also wondering how your experience at DT is relevant to a discussion about canadian telcos and tethering. do DT have anything to do with rogers, telus or bell? if so, how?

    ps-i didnt see anything in your reply addressing my first point. i guess that means you agree then?
  19. deepfunkysoul

    deepfunkysoul TRIBE Promoter

    Wow you are so clever:rolleyes:

    How is my experience with DT relevant? hmmm... let see, since I create many of the solutions for GSM network data support I would say its plenty relevant.

    You see when Rogers, AT&T, Telus senior level techs have a problem they can't fix they call us.

    Since we are the solution specialist for GSM networks worldwide we decide what to support.

    Hmmm who is likely to use tethering more and thus pay for it A) company or an individual?

    Well of course (A) companies that use it for everyday operations. And again what is the number one OS in the business sector? Windows

    Luxury computer LMAO Your just paying for your repairs in advanced.

    You are in such denial and it really is sad that you live in this make believe apple land. But I applaud your loyalty, even though its sad. :D
  20. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    so how do you explain bell, rogers and fido supporting OS X both through tethering and through their 3G "rocket stick" type services?

    btw, i am not in any sort of denial. i am well aware of the numbers when it comes to OS market share etc. i was simply making the point (in my original post) that flat-out neglecting to support os x in 2010, (when a growing number of your customer base is using it and *all* your competitors in canada are *all* supporting it) is kind of retarded.
  21. deepfunkysoul

    deepfunkysoul TRIBE Promoter

    It is of their own volition not a global one.

    as for your second point the key is "growing market". Or in other words a market that is yet established as a dominant leader. (risky business to adopt support for a novelty OS)

    I get what your saying dude really I do, but apple is far from reaching the level of Microsoft in the OS market.

    Who knows maybe in 10 more years they can grab another 10%. But considering how well corporations are adopting Windows 7 I find that highly unlikely.
  22. videotronic

    videotronic TRIBE Member

    a growing market such as OS X does *not* have to be a "dominant leader" in order to factor into a service provider's business model. a company in the service industry that is reactive and only supports the "dominant leader" in anything will not last all that long.

    and again, it might be "risky business" for a company to support a "novelty" os, but i would say its even riskier to only be the single, solitary telco in canada who doesn't do something that all their competitors are doing
  23. deepfunkysoul

    deepfunkysoul TRIBE Promoter

    lol again ask telus directly and see what your response is.

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