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Can a Blackberry provide web access to an iPod Touch?

Asked by BronxLens (1539points) February 20th, 2009

Would like to use a Blackberry 8703 as a modem for an iPod Touch (2nd generation) (bigger screen, etc.)

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essieness's avatar

As far as I know, you can’t tether those devices together. You can use your Blackberry as a modem for a computer though. That may be a question for the IT people at AT&T (assuming that’s who your provider is?)

StellarAirman's avatar

No, the 8703 has no WiFi capability, which is the only way the iTouch can connect to the internet. Also the carriers would never allow you to turn a phone into a WiFi connection point even if it did have WiFi, it’d be too helpful and cost them money.

essieness's avatar

@StellarAirman You actually can use a phone as a modem (it’s called tethering), it just costs a shit ton. But I still think you’re right and those two devices can’t be tethered.

StellarAirman's avatar

I know what tethering is, but you can’t do it with WiFi on any phone I’ve ever heard of, especially with one that doesn’t have WiFi. :)

cirrina's avatar

Interesting challenge (but not practical unless you were willing to hire a hardware geek :)).

8703 has no wifi, so you’d need two things:

1) a physical connection between the data ports on the two devices, which doesn’t exist in any commercial form but could be handmade by an expert (I’ve seen some pretty gnarly Frankencables); and

2) a system-level hack on the BB in order to share its connection with a device that doesn’t have a full OS for which there’s already a commercial driver or app. This might not be hard given that the Touch is running a pretty accessible version of UNIX (obviously the Touch would need to be jailbroken).

This could be a cool question for a class.

StellarAirman's avatar

Or 3) Just buy an iPhone… :)

essieness's avatar

Yeah, I was going to suggest just buying an iPhone too. wink

BronxLens's avatar

Thank you all!

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