One of the BEST hacks of the year: Dial-up Networking Through Bluetooth Under WM5 AKU3 / WM6: at last, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WORKING, thanks to X
UPDATE (11/02/2007): There's a version specifically meant for the T-Mo Dash is at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=340762 . Also, if you have a MS Smartphone (as opposed to a Pocket PC), it MUST be application unlocked for the hack to work. See for example See for example http://www.smartphonemag.com/blogs/index.php?blog=3&p=2004&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 for more links on application unlocking. Note that app unlocking is absolutely legal.
UPDATE (10/02/2007): there is an even better, easier-to-install and, what is more, even MS Smartphone (Windows Mobile Standard)-compatible hack. Just download the CAB file linked from THIS post (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also mirrored it HERE, just to be on the safe side, should you not want to register at XDA-Dev to access the download), install it (by simply clicking it on your handheld), power down your device (if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a Pocket PC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in order to make sure the Registry changes are all flushed) and restart it.
This hack will add full BT DUN to both platforms. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve thoroughly tested it on both my WM6 HTC Universal (a Pocket PC) and WM6 HTC s710 / Vox (a Smartphone) and found it excellent. Note that the traditional, BT PAN-based Internet Sharing will still work alongside with the added BT DUN (tested on both devices).
Note that it has a minor annoyance. After you terminate the connection, you will still be unable to access the Net on the Pocket PC or Smartphone that you used as a modem (also see THIS and THIS for similar bug reports). The solution to this is pretty simple: instead of (lengthy and/or awkward) soft resetting your handheld, just make sure you tap either the data connection icon in Comm Manager (this seem to be sufficient with Smartphones) or, as with, it seems, with Pocket PCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (like the Universal), just dis- and, then, re-enable the phone connection itself (or, alternatively, en-, and, then, re-disable Flight mode). This all makes this small bug easy to live with.
Finally, Smartphone users: remember NOT to long-press the Red dial button to lock your device Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll also terminate the call. Instead, use the standard lock menu accessible via the Power button.
Thanks for FX Belloir for pointing out this hack!
(end of update, the now-outdated original article follows. This means youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll want to prefer the new hack explained above, NOT the old one I still keep for historical purposes only. It's only the first sections, which explain what this is all about, are worth reading for casual users.)
Anyone having read my article New dial-up networking model of the WM5 AKU3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a must if you use your WM phones as modems knows WM5 AKU3 (and, of course, WM6) has dramatically changed the way dial-up networking is handled Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not necessarily in the good direction. (Please DO read the article if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a clue what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m referring to and you have ever wanted to use your Windows Mobile handheld as a cellular modem!)
Microsoft, so far, havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really done anything to the problem, except for publishing an article (also discussed for example HERE). Therefore, hackers needed to concentrate their forces on solving the problem. After the first failed attempts (for example mine, as is explained in the first-linked article), at last, some excellent XDA-Developers folks have managed to enable this feature with a comparatively easy-to-do hack. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve developed the hack further, making it compatible with several handheld models and ROM versions (the previous version available at XDA-Developers doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support the Universal, Wizard and, probably, several other models because it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do any forced Registry import Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it might only be compatible with the P3600.)
The hack makes it possible to use most WM5 AKU3 / WM6 devices in the traditional (pre-WM5 AKU3) DUN dial-up method, in addition to the new, in WM5 AKU3 introduced Internet Sharing.
This means you can use BOTH technologies and can have the advantages of BOTH approaches. With the Ã¢â‚¬Å“traditionalÃ¢â‚¬ DUN dial-up, you still have the freedom of NOT having to manually start / reconnect Internet Sharing AND the ability to use clients not supporting the BT Personal Area Network (PAN) profile required by the new Internet Sharing. And, as Internet Sharing is still supported, you can still have a real internet sharing approach, making it possible to use the Internet on both the Windows Mobile device acting as a modem and the client that connects to it (and can still have the other goodies Internet Sharing also offers: for example, the accessibility of the phone even with an ongoing Internet session.)
Again, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost impossible to emphasize how important, how revolutional this hack is! If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve EVER tried to use your WM5 AKU3 / WM6 Windows Mobile phone as a modem you know Internet Sharing can be a REAL pain in the back, particularly if the client youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to use it from doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support BT PAN.
Import THIS registry import file (via, say, the brand new, EXCELLENT desktop-side Registry editor of SOTIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pocket Controller 6) and copy the contents of THIS file to the \Windows directory of your Windows Mobile device. Soft reset your device and voliÃƒÂ¡: after this, clients discovering the Bluetooth services your device provides will also see it offering the DUN service (in addition to the PAN one) as can also be seen in HERE.
After this, everything will work just great Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as in the pre-AKU3 days. Follow for example THIS tutorial on using DUN modems if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done.
- ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s incompatible with some HTC Wizard ROM versions, namely, the official AKU 3.3 T-Mobile ROM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ see THIS. It, however, has no problems with mfrazzz's XDA Mobile 6 Release 2a Full at all.
- It seems itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s incompatible with WM6 MS Smartphones (Windows Mobile Standard). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve tested this on my HTC Vox (S710).
In my tests, it worked just great on my HTC Universal and HTC Wizard. A lot of people have reported other success stories; for example, with the AKU3 HTC Trinity (P3600).
Again and again: if you EVER plan to use your handheld as a modem, this hack is a MUST!
UPDATE (07/29/2007): I've tried to extract the DUN-related files from my WM5 AKU3 HTC Oxygen (s310) smartphone and put them on my WM6 HTC Vox (they are available HERE; I've also provided two Registry import files in the archive. The first, SPRegImp.reg, contains the original S310 Registry contents; the second, SPRegImp2.reg, has a much bigger HKLM\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ATCIUI\ Connections section).
Unfortunately, while, as opposed to the original case of trying to apply the PPC files, where not even the DUN service could be discovered, it seems it doesn't work: while the DUN service is already visible (as opposed to the original case using the PPC files), on my Vox, connection attempts fail with the same message as not importing the (original) Registry file on the Pocket PC.
I continue playing with the hack; hope I manage to achieve something. I still give you the extracted files so that you can also experiment with them. It MIGHT be working on your non-Vox Smartphone.
UPDATE (08/28/2007): no solution to the MS Smartphone platform yet. Do NOT apply the patch to them - it will NOT work!