How to Torrent with your BlackBerry with minimal data usage

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With file sharing BitTorrent site ThePirateBay.org in the news lately, I can’t help but think of how to best harness the power of BitTorrent from your BlackBerry device.

When I began exploring the issue, I was keen on the idea of bypassing the PC altogether and downloading files straight to my device. Unfortunately, my search for a BitTorrent client for the BlackBerry OS came up negative. A native BitTorrent client (if available) would be useful to the few users with robust data plans, the latest devices and a large memory cards. Also, with all the wireless security and firewalls the BlackBerry has built in, it may be a bit difficult to develop a client.

Using remote desktop software to take control of your PC was another method I considered.  I envisioned too many steps for what should be both convenient and mobile.

RSS technology has begun to make some waves in the BitTorrent world, and provided what I feel is the simplest solution. What started off as a way to subscribe to news feeds, has now opened up the possibility of easy remote downloading. Many BitTorrent sites now offer their users the option of adding any torrent file to their personal RSS feed. Now it’s as easy as setting up a desktop with your BitTorrent client pointed to your personal RSS, and adding new torrents from your mobile browser.

Here’s what I did to get my system of remote downloading working. I got this working using a mac so I’m sure there are even more options available to PC users. I used a personal RSS feed from mininova.org and Vuze (formerly Azureus) as My RSS sniffing BitTorrent client. On my commute I was able to remotely browse and queue downloads for my computer back at home. I was thrilled to find that a surprising number of my selections were downloaded and seeding by the time I arrived.

Step 1:
Using my home computer I went to Vuse BitTorrent client and entered my personal BitTorrent RSS feed into the “subscription” menu on the left side of the application.

Step 3:
Open your BlackBerry browser and navigate to Mininova.org and log in using your account.

Step 4:
Search for torrent files you want your computer back at home to download and add them to your personal RSS feed by clicking on the blue star graphic on any Torrent general information page.

At this point, you’ve queued the Torrent file and your desktop computer back at home will start downloading the Torrent.

There are many choices of BitTorrent clients and sites that will do the trick, so please post your working BitTorrent client and site suggestions in the comments.

  • huevonloco

    I just tried it and it works great! Something that I know I will use a lot now. Thanks

  • huevonloco

    I just tried it and it works great! Something that I know I will use a lot now. Thanks

  • W4LNUT

    No Problem, does anyone have any other Website-Client combos that they’ve gotten working?

  • W4LNUT

    No Problem, does anyone have any other Website-Client combos that they’ve gotten working?

  • W4LNUT

    No Problem, does anyone have any other Website-Client combos that they’ve gotten working?

  • http://ryanfarley.com/ Ryan Farley

    This is a fantastic idea. Thanks.

  • http://ryanfarley.com Ryan Farley

    This is a fantastic idea. Thanks.

  • TheNxtSpiderman

    I may be new at this but, how do I know what “my personal BitTorrent RSS feed” is and where do I find it? And what/where do I enter it?

    Thanks

  • TheNxtSpiderman

    I may be new at this but, how do I know what “my personal BitTorrent RSS feed” is and where do I find it? And what/where do I enter it?

    Thanks

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/wp Bla1ze

    “No Problem, does anyone have any other Website-Client combos that they’ve gotten working?”

    UTorrent, I access it through their WebUI function and all the sites are controlled from the built in RSS feed reader.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/wp Bla1ze

    “No Problem, does anyone have any other Website-Client combos that they’ve gotten working?”

    UTorrent, I access it through their WebUI function and all the sites are controlled from the built in RSS feed reader.

  • huevonloco

    TheNxtSpiderman
    “I may be new at this but, how do I know what “my personal BitTorrent RSS feed” is and where do I find it? And what/where do I enter it?”

    When signed into mininova go to your username in the upper right hand corner and click on “My Bookmarks.” It is right there in orange. Copy and paste that url into Vuze. Once your subscription is set up you want to check the auto download box, to make sure Vuze looks for updates to this url while you are away and the program is open.

  • huevonloco

    TheNxtSpiderman
    “I may be new at this but, how do I know what “my personal BitTorrent RSS feed” is and where do I find it? And what/where do I enter it?”

    When signed into mininova go to your username in the upper right hand corner and click on “My Bookmarks.” It is right there in orange. Copy and paste that url into Vuze. Once your subscription is set up you want to check the auto download box, to make sure Vuze looks for updates to this url while you are away and the program is open.

  • Signal20

    Where is this “subscription” option on the “left side of Vuze”?

    I’ve poured through the options to no avail.

  • Signal20

    Where is this “subscription” option on the “left side of Vuze”?

    I’ve poured through the options to no avail.

  • W4LNUT

    It’s on a tab of menus perpetually on the left-hand side. (like where you’d find itunes playlists and libraries)

    Keep in mind I was using the most up-to-date version of Vuze for mac at the time of the article. Vuze is programmed in Java so Mac and PC versions should be about the same.

    Hope it helps!

  • W4LNUT

    It’s on a tab of menus perpetually on the left-hand side. (like where you’d find itunes playlists and libraries)

    Keep in mind I was using the most up-to-date version of Vuze for mac at the time of the article. Vuze is programmed in Java so Mac and PC versions should be about the same.

    Hope it helps!

  • W4LNUT

    It’s on a tab of menus perpetually on the left-hand side. (like where you’d find itunes playlists and libraries)

    Keep in mind I was using the most up-to-date version of Vuze for mac at the time of the article. Vuze is programmed in Java so Mac and PC versions should be about the same.

    Hope it helps!

  • http://www.internetzpolice.com/ Signal20

    I was able to get it working, but I had to find a plugin. I am using a PC and even with the latest version of Vuze it wasn’t available. This is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.internetzpolice.com/ Signal20

    I was able to get it working, but I had to find a plugin. I am using a PC and even with the latest version of Vuze it wasn’t available. This is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.internetzpolice.com Signal20

    I was able to get it working, but I had to find a plugin. I am using a PC and even with the latest version of Vuze it wasn’t available. This is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  • tyler

    i was able to set up my torrent client (uTorrent), so that the RSS feed works remotely. but i’m having trouble logging into mininova from my BB browser. i tried the regular BB browser and Opera Mini. neither would work. Opera Mini would allow me to enter my login information, but when i click “Login” it just goes back to the login page. BB browser would open the login page, but wouldn’t show the cells to enter login information.

    any help would be appreciated.

  • tyler

    i was able to set up my torrent client (uTorrent), so that the RSS feed works remotely. but i’m having trouble logging into mininova from my BB browser. i tried the regular BB browser and Opera Mini. neither would work. Opera Mini would allow me to enter my login information, but when i click “Login” it just goes back to the login page. BB browser would open the login page, but wouldn’t show the cells to enter login information.

    any help would be appreciated.

  • patricio

    Hi, you’ve try Bolt browser, i think, it’s too much better than opera, and tooooo much the native browser, i response from my BB.

  • patricio

    Hi, you’ve try Bolt browser, i think, it’s too much better than opera, and tooooo much the native browser, i response from my BB.

  • eldred

    Very interesting alternative. Shall try it out :oThanks!

  • eldred

    Very interesting alternative. Shall try it out :oThanks!

  • eldred

    Very interesting alternative. Shall try it out :oThanks!

  • eldred

    Very interesting alternative. Shall try it out :o
    Thanks!

  • eldred

    Very interesting alternative. Shall try it out :o
    Thanks!