With the introduction of AKU 3 for Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft replaced the
Bluetooth Dial-up Networking (DUN) feature with Bluetooth PAN. Unfortunately
Microsoft didn't opted to add Bluetooth PAN (on Windows Mobile devices seen as
"Internet Sharing") in addition but it's the only way to use a Windows Mobile
device as a "wireless modem" for Notebooks and PDAs.
While Internet Sharing has its advantages, in my humble opinion it also has is
disadvantages, especially for power users. For instance, you cannot leave your
device in your pocket and initiating the connection from your Notebook but you
have to initiate the connection from the Windows Mobile device itself.
Well, it looks like I wasn't alone and some folks over at Xda-developers
tweaked and hacked a little bit to make it working on some of the latest devices
again. Fellow MVP Werner Ruotsalainen went further and made it working for even
His workaround includes a file you have to place into the Windows folder of
your device as well as some changes in your Registry (at the moment it seems
only Windows Mobile Professional/Pocket PC Phone Editions are supported, this
workaround isn't working with Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone devices).
Both, the file and the Registry changes can be
downloaded from Werner's blog at Pocket PC Magazine to be used with your
Windows Mobile 6 Professional/Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3 Pocket PC Phone Edition
For now, it's a great workaround for most of us, who are in need of a working
DUN solution but I will not give up to hope that Microsoft adds Bluetooth DUN as
a second option again.
Cheers ~ Arne