Similar to our previous post How To: Use Sprint/Samsung A920 as an EVDO Bluetooth Modem with Mac, we have written out the instructions for using Sprint/Samsung’s new Upstage as a Bluetooth Modem with your Mac. If you’ve got an Upstage and a Mac, this really is a great mobility option as Sprint’s EVDO network speeds are more than usable. Some speed tests from (http://www.dslreports.com/mspeed) are included after the jump as well.
1) Make sure your Mac will be able to find your Upstage. On the music player side of the Upstage, go to the Main Menu and click Tools > Bluetooth > Settings.
2) Enable should be On and Visibility should be set to either Always Visible or Visible for 3min. Though if you select visible for 3min you’ll need to work fast. The other settings can be left at their defaults.
3) With your Upstage ready to go from Steps 1 and 2 it’s time to move over to your Mac. Open the Bluetooth System Setting and click on the Devices tab.
4) Click on Set Up New Device and the Bluetooth Setup Assistant will appear.
5) Click Continue at the Bluetooth Setup Assistant Welcome screen.
6) Select Mobile Phone and click Continue. Your Mac should find your Upstage. If it did not, make sure you completed steps 1 and 2 above.
7) Click on your Upstage and then click Continue.
Click Continue again and your Mac will send a passkey to the Upstage. On the phone side of the Upstage click Accept. Enter the passkey provided by your Mac and click Done. You’ll have to do this fairly quickly as the attempt to pair will timeout. If it does timeout, just hit continue on the Mac again.
8) Once you’ve paired, the Mac will ask you to select the services you want to use with your Mobile phone. Make sure Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection is checked and click Continue.
9) The next screen is the important one. Leave the Username and Password fields blank and enter #777 into the Phone Number field and hit Continue.
10) To connect to the internet on your Mac via your Upstage now, go back to the System Preferences window and select Network. Click on Bluetooth > Connect.
You should now be able to open Firefox (don’t tell me you’re browsing with something else!) and browse the web.
Results from some Mobile Speed Tests (http://www.dslreports.com/mspeed), are posted here.