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Choosing a connection

Your device is capable of a wide range of connections. Look at the following connection types for information and tips on using each type.

Network connections

Mobile network

A mobile network connection allows your device to make calls and, if you have a data plan, use data services such as Internet browsing. In some locations, such as in a hospital or on an airplane, you need to turn off your mobile network connection, but you can usually leave your mobile network connection on.


A Wi-Fi network connection is another way to use data services on your device, but, unlike the mobile network, using Wi-Fi doesn't add charges to your data plan. Your device is designed to try to use saved Wi-Fi networks before it connects to the mobile network for basic data functions, such as searching the Internet or downloading apps. You can leave Wi-Fi on so that as soon as you're in range of a saved Wi-Fi network, your device connects to it automatically. Keep in mind that if you leave the Wi-Fi network connection on, your battery can lose power more quickly.

Connections between devices


You can use a USB cable to create a two-way connection between your device and a computer. Your device appears on your computer as a mapped drive. You can usually use a USB connection to drag files between your computer and your device, depending on the features available on your computer.

Bluetooth technology

Bluetooth wireless technology allows you to create a direct connection between your device and another Bluetooth enabled device. Although you can transfer files over a Bluetooth connection, because of its ability to stream content, Bluetooth connections are more commonly used for actions such as playing the music on your device through a separate speaker or making calls on a headset that is using your device's mobile network connection.


NFC is a short-range wireless technology that's used to quickly create connections between your device and other NFC-enabled devices or NFC tags. With NFC, you don't need to enter pairing information to make a connection, making NFC useful for on-the-go actions. You can exchange contact cards with people that you meet or grab information from a poster that contains an NFC tag. Features including Androidâ„¢ Beam, Tap and Pay, and Tap and Go use NFC to transfer information between devices.

Shared Internet connections

You can use your device's connection to the mobile network to allow other devices to access the Internet. This functionality is useful if you want to browse the Internet on your laptop or a Wi-Fi only tablet but you don't have access to a Wi-Fi network.

Internet tethering

You can use Internet tethering when you have only one device that you want to connect to the Internet through your device's mobile network connection. You can connect the device to your BlackBerry device using a USB cable or, if both devices are Bluetooth enabled, you can use Bluetooth technology instead.

Mobile hotspot

You can use mobile hotspot mode to connect up to ten devices to your BlackBerry device. The number of devices that you can connect depends on your device model. When you use the mobile hotspot feature, your device becomes a Wi-Fi access point that other Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to and use to access the Internet.

VPN connections

You can connect your device to a virtual private network (VPN) using the mobile network or a Wi-Fi connection. While your device is connected to the VPN, you can send data to and receive data from the private network across the public network.