05-20-2008 04:01 PM
I teach online and often use my Blackberry while traveling here in the States. We will be going to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks, and I would like to be able to use my Blackberry there as a modem without incurring enormous charges.
Is there a way I can do this?
I really appreciate any help anyone can provide.
05-21-2008 09:37 PM
05-22-2008 10:00 AM
Following are the BlackBerry service providers in Australia, you can get the data enabled SIM from oneof them, once you are there:
Hutchison 3G Australia Pty Ltd, Optus, Telstra, Vodafone Australia
05-23-2008 08:37 AM
Ensure that if you go this route of attaining a local Australian Data Sim and still use your BlackBerry, that your BlackBerry is not a Locked Handheld. To unlock via the correct channel, this would need to be logged with your Carrier BlackBerry/Data Support team, explain to them in detail that you are travelling and will be getting a local SIM for use in Australia. They will process and request from RIM, the device PIN and IMEI will be needed from you. They should provide you with the How To in order to unlock, if not here it is.
The procedure for unlocking the device is as follows:
Ensure there is either a home SIM (accepted), or no SIM in the device
Select 'SIM Card'
Hold down the shift key, whilst typing 'MEP2'
Dialogue box appears with code prompt
Input unlock code
To use as a modem:
To connect a computer to the Internet using a GPRS, EDGE or UMTS BlackBerry smartphone as a tethered modem, see KB05196. To connect a computer to the Internet using a CDMA or EVDO BlackBerry smartphone as a tethered modem, see KB04664.