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Registered: ‎11-18-2012
My Device: Playbook 16gb
My Carrier: tog

Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

I have an iPhone 3gs. No problems connecting with bluetooth. But when I try to tether (I've used the pre-set Optus [Australia} and manually set a profile) it saya "can't find iPhone make sure bluetooth is turned on ...etc.

The phone is already connected!!!!

Regret very much buying Blackberry - I was given the impression it was a "universal tablet", but seems to only work with RIM products.

John from Oz (Australia)

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Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: Passport • Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

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I don't believe I've ever read that one could use tethering from the iPhone to the Playbook. Did someone tell you that you could? You can't even tether from a BlackBerry to the Playbook, but BlackBerry Bridge covers that base.

 

Does your iPhone have hotspot capabilities? That would work. OS7.1 BlackBerrys and many other smartphones can do that.



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My Device: Playbook 16gb
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Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

iPhone 3 does not have wifi hotspot. I was told when I bought the playbook (OO.com.au) that it would work with bluetooth tethering.
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Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

Seems your iPhone is out of date.



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My Device: Playbook 16gb
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Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

'Cos I'm an old pensioner. I inherit my sons phone - the 4s is due this month, so I should be OK then.

Cheers - John

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Registered: ‎05-03-2012
My Device: playbook
My Carrier: n-a

Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone

Not sure where I saw the detailed explanation, but the kind of bluetooth connection the PlayBook uses is different to the kind the iPhone uses. I have the 3GS which does let me set up the iPhone as a hotshot, and the PlayBook can find it, but the connection fails. Apparently with the iPhone 4 or maybe 4s, the phone can set up a wifi network, not just a bluetooth hotshot. That is what you need to getthe playbook to piggyback of your iphones dataplan.

 

I've been prettycontentwith the 3GS and wasn't in a hurry to upgrade until I figured that bit out. Now I'm wondering if I should hope for one in my Christmas stocking.. Smiley Wink

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Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Passport, Playbook, 9320BES
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Re: Tethering the Playbook to a Non-Blackberry Smartphone


reconeyes wrote:
I think as we progress into the future all devices will become more open to comunicate with each other...even apple has opened slightly in the last few years and they are notorious for limiting their devices by building software that limits usage. And there coding of most smart phones is essentially the same...

I think quite the opposite:

  • all smartphones use a different coding. Hence development kits like phonegap to... fill the gap. and hence why most developers who start developping for iOS have difficulties coding for another platform
  • as we progress into the future, I am convinced that all devices will become less and less open to communicate with each other and we will rely on third party apps

 




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