How to Get Tether Working with a Mac and a Fido BlackBerry Bold 9000

This is the configuration that worked for me. Please note that I was unable to get anything working when using the USB method.

  • BlackBerry Model: Bold 9000
  • BlackBerry OS: 5.0
  • Computer OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
  • APN Address:
  • APN Username: fido
  • APN Password: fido
  • BlackBerry Desktop Manager: Uninstalled completely
  • Tether Method: Bluetooth
  • Computer WiFi: Disabled
  • Cell Phone Provider: Fido
  • Country: Canada


  • If your BlackBerry “failed to find available port”, then your APN settings are definitely wrong. Go to Main Menu -> Settings -> Advanced Settings -> TCP/IP, and fill in the relevant details from the previous section of this article.
  • If in doubt, double-check that your phone’s Bluetooth connection is turned on, your computer’s Bluetooth connection is on, and the two are paired correctly.
  • If still in doubt, grant Tether all permissions on your BlackBerry. Go to Main Menu -> Settings -> Applications, find Tether in the list, edit its permissions, and allow everything in the “Connections” category.


About This Mac Screenshot

APN Settings Screenshot

BlackBerry About Page Screenshot

Mac Network Settings Screenshot

Tether Attempting Connection Screenshot

Tether Trying Connection Screenshot

Tether Success Screenshot

Mac Success Screenshot

Tether Failed Log Screenshot