I had been curious to see how Wi-Fi hotspot on BlackBerry OS 7.1 would work. Would it share a user’s BIS subscription or would it utilise a generic internet connection?
I finally got to find out today.
Using a BlackBerry Torch 9810 running OS 7.1, I went to the Wireless Options menu, where the “Mobile Hotspot” option is displayed. Ticking that option to activate the feature threw up a warning that additional charges might apply, and then a setup menu, with options to enter network APN settings.
At that point, I was pretty much sure of the result of my quest. I entered the network internet settings and the service got running. Blackberry Mobile hotspot supports connecting a maximum of five (5) devices. It is WPA2 secured, meaning you can encrypt your hotspot with an eight digit pass-phrase. There is also an auto-timer, allowing you to set a time after which the hotspot is disabled.
The hotspot feature also has the option to allow connected devices to exchange information between one another. Interesting, and a good feature too. Once connected, you are able to monitor activity on your wireless network.
So, how does the hotspot work? It uses a generic data plan. That means it either eats your airtime (if you are on pay-as-you-use data), or you subscribe for a data plan in addition to your running BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service).
Connecting to the BlackBerry mobile hotspot with a Nokia E7 was a breeze. Within a few moments, the device was connected and using internet services from Etisalat. Without an active bundle plan, the connection used some of the available airtime on the line.
That’s it folks, BlackBerry mobile hotspot, available on OS7.1 devices and above.