I was waiting for a flight out of Orange County Airport earlier this week, and after I fired up my laptop, I couldn't find any publicly available wireless networks. So, I decided to try using my Samsung BlackJack (SGH-i607) for internet connectivity, because I had remembered reading about the feature awhile back. I tried to get things working for about 10 minutes before I had to give up. I'm not a cell phone expert, but I can usually mind meld with devices and figure them out within a short period of time. Not this time.
So last night, I dug in. After a few hours following forum threads across hundreds of posts, reading technical support notes, downloading drivers, and playing with configurations, I finally figured out how to properly set up and use the internet sharing feature with Windows Vista via Bluetooth. I thought I'd document the procedure here so that others don't have to go through the same painful process.
As mentioned, I have a Samsung BlackJack (SGH-i607) phone that I upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.0 a month or so ago, and I'm running Windows Vista SP1 on a Dell XPS M1330 laptop. My service is AT&T (formerly Cingular), and I have an unlimited data plan (update: Blake Handler notes in the feedback to this post that an unlimited data plan may not cover the "tethering" feature I describe here, so it's worth checking the details of your account to avoid any surprises). The following instructions are based on these devices and software versions, so your mileage may vary if you're using something slightly different.
I'm sure Bluetooth uses up more battery power, so it's probably a good idea to disable Bluetooth when you're not using it. Select Start/Settings/Connections/Wireless Manager, then select the Bluetooth option.
To create a shortcut for Internet Sharing and make life easier the next time you want to use the internet, connect your Blackjack to the PC using the USB cable. I don't know of any way to do this without involving the PC. On your PC, click Start/Computer, then look for your SGH-i607 device, and double-click it. Double-click the root folder (indicated by a backslash), and look for a folder called Windows. If you can't see the folder, select the Organize menu, then Folder and Search Options. Click the View tab, and uncheck the option that says Hide protected operating system filed (Recommended). You'll receive a warning; select Yes, then click OK. When you can see the Windows folder, double-click it, then scroll down and right-click on Internet Sharing.lnk. Choose Copy from the drop-down menu. Find the Start Menu folder (probably by scrolling up) and double-click it. Right-click anywhere on a blank area, and choose Paste from the drop-down menu. On my phone, I had to turn it off and restart before I could find the new Internet Sharing icon under the Start menu.
Whew! Hope you made it through all of that! Fortunately, after you've gone through these steps once, you only need to perform steps 4 and 5 to connect to the internet. If you find any problems with these steps, or if you have any recommendations that have worked well, please leave feedback.
Be careful when connecting with AT&T, you may be shocked when you receive your bill.
While you may have an unlimted data plan, AT&T will charge you "extra" for connecting your portable computer via your mobile device!
You need an AT&T Data Plan that also includes their "tethering" option.
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Thanks for the heads-up and pointer, Blake. I'll add an update to the post so people are aware.
Interesting story. On my Mac OS X laptop without any extra software, it took me ca. 20 seconds to set it up, and it takes one click to connect to the intenet via my mobile phone.
Hey Mike, just thinking about you today. I love the M1330, that's awesome you have one as well. I have the Samsung i760 with Verizon and they have a flat fee for data but after 5gb they may throttle your bandwidth but I haven't had that happen. Anyways, the blackjacks are great but next time you are in the market for a phone, check out the WM Pro / touch screens. So many more apps and ability.
can you do this same connection with Vista and the Blackjack without using Bluetooth? I have never used bluetooth and am about to go on a trip where I know I will not have a wi-fi connection.
Great post; it got me over a couple of hurdles I was running into.
I just wanted to pass on a couple of discoveries. First, it appears that the MediaNet setting in Internet Sharing still works for InternetSharing (if it available in your setup). This is what I used prior to the WM6 upgrade and I prefer it, as I feel comfortable that I won't see any unexpected charges going this route. I'm not sure if the pricing will be any different but I prefer not to chance it.
Second, AT&T IMS seems to use the EDGE network while the MediaNet approach uses 3G. With the expected speed differences. This is likely based on regional offerings, though.
Just a couple of points your readers might find helpful to go along with your very informative post.
Well, i want to do exactly the opposite. I have a broadband connection on my Blackjack and I'd like to access the internet from my Blackjack through my Vista desktop. How do I do that?
Is this also true for the BlackJack II
I do not have the option showing for "Connect to a Bluetooth personal area network (PAN)" ... is it possible this is disabled?
So.. thanks for this guide. Everything works.. it even says connection successful. And then.. it randomly disconnects and i get a message on my blackjack (2) that says "The remote party has ended its connection" -- any ideas?
Got a $738.00 phone bill the other day! AT&T says I am surfing the internet for hours at a time, etc. HELLO...I have a life & a job and at my job I am on the internet all day long..why would I use it on my phone then?? Anyone had similar problem? This such crap & all they keep saying is "We can make you a deal on that bill if you will pay the additional $39.99/month so you can surf all day!" I don't WANT to surf the net on my *@&% phone! HELP!!!!
i have samsung sgh-1607 and laptop compaq presario cq-61 with windows 7 OS, i did all the steps above, everything was succesful, but i still couldn't connect to internet, when i opened the properties of the connection, i saw that the status "no internet service " i use local operator for my phone services, all gprs setting has been set, i can even use internet connection on my phone..would u plz tell my the solution..thanks