04-19-2011 11:36 AM
The PlayBook can tether with any mobile device that supports the DUN (dial up networking) protocol. It does not have to be a BlackBerry. As for charges related to Tethering, it depends on the carrier.
Bridge only work on a BlackBerry smartphone OS 5 and higher.
04-20-2011 06:10 PM
I did some testing of the bluetooth internet tethering capabilities of the playbook with the following results:
LG Windows Phone 7 - Phone doesn't support DUN profile.
iPhone 4g - Phone doesn't support DUN profile unless jailbroken.
iPhone 3g - Phone doesn't support DUN profile unless jailbroken.
HTC TP2 - was able to pair, attempted to connect, but failed
Motorola MileStone - was able to pair, attempted to connect, but failed
LG Shine Plus - Worked
Blackberry Bold 9780 - Worked
Blackberry Torch 9800 - Worked
Blackberry Bold 9700 - Worked
In conclusion, not all smartphones support BT-DUN, and even if yours does, it doesn't necessarily mean it will work with the playbook. Playbook software updates may resolve some of these issues down the road.
A lot of newer smartphones (android, windows7) support sharing their data connection by creating their own personal WiFi.
On another note, using the bluetooth tether on the playbook is very simple. Pair your bluetooth phone with the playbook, select internet tethering on the playbook, select your phone, hit connect, select your provider from the list included and you're done.
04-21-2011 03:32 AM - edited 04-21-2011 03:33 AM
04-21-2011 03:43 AM
The iPhone "personal hotspot" actually uses the bluetooth PAN profile (personal area network), which is different from the bluetooth DUN profile. Not compatible with the playbook unfortunately.
If your device is capable of creating a WiFi personal hotspot however, you're in luck. iPhone is capable of this, but only if jailbroken.
04-21-2011 10:58 AM
04-21-2011 01:32 PM - edited 04-21-2011 05:15 PM
My bad. If you actually have the WiFi option available under personal hotspot on the iPhone, tethering won't be an issue at all. Unless you have a jailbroken iphone, WiFi personal hotspot is however only available on the iPhone 4.
The table below lists the iPhone models capable of Personal Hotspot and which connections they can use to share cellular data with another device:
|* On iPhone 3G, Personal Hotspot is referred to as Internet tethering.|
04-27-2011 04:00 PM
04-27-2011 07:03 PM
The HTC HD2 supports creating it's own wifi hotspot, so bluetooth tethering is not necessary. The playbook may not work with bluetooth tethering to all smartphones, but it shouldn't have any issues with devices that can share their internet through wifi.