Friday, August 07, 2009

PdaNet on the BlackBerry Storm for Tethering

In the short time that I was testing the BlackBerry Storm, I also had a chance to try the June Fabrics PdaNet tethering software. Did it work? Yes. However, the current version only works on 32-bit Windows operating systems. Therefore, if you have a newer machine that runs a 64-bit OS (such as Vista or Windows 7), then you're out of luck (until they develop a 64-bit driver). Since I've been testing both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 on my Lenovo Thinkpad X200 tablet PC, I was able to use BlackBerry version of PdaNet on the 32-bit version but not on the 64-bit version.

If you're a BlackBerry user, please note:
Currently version 1.20 requires OS 4.6 or above so it only works on the BlackBerry Tour, Storm or Bold phones. Please try out the software and make sure it works for you before making the purchase.
I wonder what will happen with OS 5.0 comes out. I can't imagine that PdaNet will stop working, but I haven't performed any tests yet. I've been a PdaNet user for several years and I can say that the product works fairly well. I'm not tethering all the time, but when I need it, it works. I've personally used PdaNet to tether on the Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry. They also have PdaNet for Google Android and Apple iPhone. I imagine they'll be coming out with PdaNet for webOS sometime in the future.

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