Sorry about the delay in this post. I wrote it the week before Christmas, and never got around to publishing it. So therefore, the times are about a week off :). Lets get to the story…
Verizon lets you upgrade your phones every two years (at the end of your contract) for the same price as a new customer with a two year plan, and usually $50 more off. Debs got a RAZR for free in August, due to these rebates. Well, I picked up the LG Vx8600 on Monday, for a pretty decent price ($129 after a $50 mail in rebate). This phone is basically considered the ‘Flip Chocolate’…since its pretty much the EXACT same phone in a different form-factor. I saw this phone a while ago on Engadget, but did not pay much attention. Over the previous weekend we ran to a few stores, checked out phones, and I looked at reviews online. I found this to be one of the best deals, GREAT looking, and also a very geek-friendly phone! Done!
Verizon for the LONGEST time has been ‘castrating’ their phones of features the manuf. orig had. For example, Deborah’s RAZR has bluetooth data transfer capabilities, but the Verizon firmware locks that out. This allows Verizon to push their services like V-Cast, so you have to pay to get data transferred to your phone. In many cases, this is better. MOST people dont know how to ‘hack’ their phone or send crap to it, so Verizon takes the step to do it a ‘tested’ and ‘official’ way. But for people like me, this sucks! I dont want to pay for a service that I should be able to do myself! When Verizon released the Motorola Q, this changed. The Q and my LG Vx8600 are some of the first phones from Verizon to support a lot more in the Bluetooth stack.
What does this mean? Well, in simple terms, I can link my phone and MacBook Pro together, and send and recieve pictures, movies, and audio from my phone that I make/record. If I ever want to use the ‘music player’ features of my phone, I just can send them right from my computer.
Whats the catch? There are 2 folders for EACH thing! My Photos and then My Pictures, My Music and My Sounds, My Videos and My Clips (or something like that). The firmware ONLY lets me put mp3’s in the My Music Folder. And better yet, I cant use any audio clips in My Music folder as Ringtones! Oh well, of course there are ways to get past this too…
Using a software called BitPim, I can see all folders on my phone, contacts, SMS messages, call logs, etc. Ive actually been using this app for a while with my Vx7000, but it was very confusing, and in the end, didnt work right. This was because I had to install a slew of drivers, do some weird setup, just to hope to get the program and the phone to connect. But with bluetooth and my new phone, it just works! When I actually do the transfer of items to my new phone, I plan on writing something up then too.
Listening To: ‘Half Life’ by 10 Years