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TetherBerry Brings BlackBerry Tethering To Macs

TetherBerry recently announced an open beta of its new BlackBerry-to-Mac tethering application. It worked flawlessly.
TetherBerry recently announced an open beta of its new BlackBerry-to-Mac tethering application. It worked flawlessly.Support for Apple computers has forever lagged support for Windows machines in certain tech circles. Nowhere is it more frustrating than with respect to mobile devices. While syncing and integration is slowly getting better and better, some services remain out of reach.

One example would be tethering a BlackBerry to an Apple computer. When I first got the BlackBerry Storm, the first question I asked Verizon Wireless was about tethering support. I was told by Verizon's technicians and Verizon's PR team that it just isn't possible yet.

Enter TetherBerry.

The new application, which is currently in an open beta, lets Mac users surf the Internet on their laptops via their BlackBerries.

The open beta is free and works with all BlackBerries, but keep in mind that you may be breaking the terms of service with your wireless network operator.

You have to download a small client for your Apple computer and onto your BlackBerry.

This is a great application and is amazingly simple to set up. After downloading and installing the beta software components on my MackBook Pro and my BlackBerry Storm, I was able to surf the Internet with no problem.

I ran some speed tests to see how it compares to a standard laptop dongle. Using the Novatel USB727, I was able to reach a maximum download speeds of 872.58Kbps. Using the Storm, which has an EV-DO Rev. A radio inside (same as the dongle), the best speed I was able to muster was 504.11Kbps for downloads. Not a bad difference, still broadband speeds.