I am such a techie it sometimes scares me.
So here is the latest instalment in how to use your Blackberry when roaming internationally without huge data bills.
WARNING: This one is very cheeky
When I moved to the Galaxy Note, the hardest part about leaving my beloved Blackberry was BBM. So resorting to using WhatsApp was a close second but still doesn’t have the BBM feel and not to mention that everyone in my “community” was on BBM – so I was missing out on all the chatter (especially the group chatter).
There has to be a better way. There has to be a way to bridge the world of Android and Blackberry.
So since not software or app exists that marries up WhatsApp and BBM, I decided to try another route. What if there was a way to carry both phones but only one contract. This way, I could still have all the benefits of the Galaxy Note and still have BBM.
Obviously the people at the Vodacom call centre said it was impossible and I needed two contracts. Surprise surprise.
So I found my own way.I got sneaky.
The Galaxy Note has a “portable hotspot” – I enabled that. Made it secure by tapping the “Configure portable Wi-Fi hotspot” option, set it to WPS2 PSK and typed a password on it.
I then took out my Blackberry which has no cellular connection to it. I enabled WiFi and searched for the new hotspot I just created. Found it and connected it – no problems.
Would this work ?
I hesitatingly clicked on the web browser. It worked. I then opened Twitter and it worked too. I then opened up BBM and it worked too !
Blackberry phones can access the Blackberry services via a wifi. Once they connect, they access the Blackberry cloud and the BBM and Email start to flow. In this case the wifi hotspot happens to be another phone – so what !! Told you it was cheeky
So the next step was to add a data bundle onto my Galaxy Note contract so that data is nice and cheap (ok this is South Africa so “cheap” is relative….).
Any downside ?
Not really a downside, but just a word of caution: the Hotspot does put extra strain on the Android phone’s battery. Be aware of it. I leave mine on most of the time however when I see I am running low on juice, I simply tap off the Hotspot mode until I can get to power.
So there you have a cheeky solution of using one system to piggy-back onto another for a happy user experience.