Verizon Express Network Dial up using a Motorola E815 and Bluetooth

It’s taken me quite a few hours over the course of two days, but I finally figured out how to use Dial-Up networking over Bluetooth with my new Motorola E815 from Verizon. I Googled my heart out and kept coming up with the same thing, which was basically this: Get your Bluetooth dongle working, pair the computer and the phone, add a DUN connection specifying the Bluetooth Modem as the device, dial #777 and you’re online. Well, not so in my case. I can’t imagine I’m the only one either. I grabbed a fairly cheap Bluetooth dongle from an online shop. Lucky me though. Turns out it uses a Broadcom chipset (Widcomm drivers) which is very much “standard equipment.” Even SuSE recognized it and lets me do some BT stuff with my phone – super cool. Anyhow, this is how I’m now online with Verizon’s ExpressNetwork using Windows 2000 Professional, a Zonet ZUB6101C, and a Motorola E815 from Verizon:

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth adapter on your PC is working. There are known issues with Windows XP Service Pack 2 BT and some Bluetooth adapters. Check with your vendor if you encounter connectivity problems.
  2. You’ll need to install Mobile Phone Tools (aka MPT), the software that typically comes with the Motorola USB cable for their phones. It’s available via other means – but I’m not touching that with a 10 foot pole. What you do though is up to you. ;) Once you have MPT installed, right-click the icon in your system tray and update to the latest version. (Was a hefty 24MB download for me.) The update has the driver for the E815. Chances are, you can use the V710 driver, but why bother. Just update and move along.
  3. Now we’re getting somewhere. In configuring MPT, you should’ve had to pair your handset with your computer. If that hasn’t happened yet, stop and do it. If you can’t figure out how – feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to assist. Bluetooth usually works these things out though, so don’t sweat it.
  4. You’ll need to create the Dial-Up Networking profile on your PC now. If you aren’t planning on using Verizon’s National Access / Express Network, you can simply modify an existing DUN profile to use your newly installed “Bluetooth Modem” instead of its current device. In your Control Panel, go to “Network and Dial-up Connections” and then click “Make New Connection.” Click through the first few screens making sure to select “Dial-up to internet” as the connection type and “Modem – Bluetooth Modem” as the device. For phone number, enter #777 and uncheck the “Use dialing rules” box if it is checked. Click through the remaining few questions and name the connection what you want.
  5. Now comes the step that every other forum or online tutorial I found left out, except for the one at iNetron.com. You have to enable DUN on the E815 with a “secret” menu. Doh! On your E815 keypad dial ##342587 (aka ##DIALUP for those of you more interested in letters than numbers). You should receive a message letting you know that DUN was enabled.
  6. The first time you connect using your newly added connection, you’ll be prompted for a username and password. For your username, enter “your10-digitmobilenumber@vzw3g.com” and “vzw” as the password. Example: 1234567890@vzw3g.com

And the proof…
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