Blackberry Bold 9900 (Touch) as Bluetooth Modem with Mac OS X Lion

by admin on September 28, 2011

RIM recently launched the Blackberry Bold 9900 with touchscreen in India. Its an awesome phone, with good build quality (though at first check, it feels a bit plasticky), and a very fast and responsive OS. All in all, a great phone to buy. Now the question is, can you tether it to your Mac as a modem via bluetooth? Of course you can. I called up Airtel for help and they said they didn’t support Macs. So here it is for all fellow Mac users.

Blackberry Bold 9900

Before you start, you will have to call up your carrier and request them to enable internet on your BB (in this case Airtel, and you should mention that you want to access the internet on your laptop/pc via your laptop. You need them to tell you whats your APN, username and password).

For Airtel, call 121 for enabling internet and call 7070 (dial and then press 2 once connected) for BB instructions.

Download BB modem script from here. Place the contents of the zipped folder inside your Mac HDD -> Library -> Modem Scripts

Bluetooth Pair your BB with your Mac. In the end of the process you will get the dialog box which says you can use your BB/Device as a modem to access internet. The details for access are as follows:

Phone Vendor: research In Motion
Phone Model: Blackberry IP Modem (GSM)
Username: (leave blank)
Password: (leave blank)
APN: airtelgprs.com
CID: 1

Now go to Network Preferences: Locations -> Edit -> Add New and name it, lets say, BB9900
Configuration: Default
Telephone Number: airtelgprs.com
Account Name: (leave blank)
Password: (leave blank)

Click on ‘Advanced’ and your settings should be as per the following:

Click ‘Ok’ and save the settings.  Now click ‘Connect’ to enjoy the internet.

6 comments

Who are you? You solved this problem for so many of us. You are our god 🙂

by Mohini kilmani on October 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm. #

Excellent – it indeed works Thanks

by Praveen on February 12, 2012 at 11:31 am. #

Thanks a ton man!!!
Nothing else worked..
Seriosly recommended.

by Ashish Dubey on June 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm. #

Amazing! I rang up orange and some stupid man on the phone told me I had to pay £5 extra for tethering when I know the plan I am on CLEARLY includes it and he only needed to enable it for the new “mobile hotspot” function on my 9900 to work. I’m on orange and the tel. no. is “orangeinternet” if anyone needs it. Thank you so much!

by Becky on June 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm. #

Can I use my bb touch 9900 (bold 5) as modem with mtn lines

by Isaac Olu on July 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm. #

Yes you can turn on the Mobile Hot Spot mode, and use the internet.

by admin on July 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm. #

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