Verizon Still Crippling Bluetooth

from the call-the-bluedentist dept

It should come as little surprise to learn that Verizon Wireless has crippled Bluetooth on the Treo 700W, preventing it from being used as an EV-DO modem for a laptop or PDA. After all, this is the carrier that got sued -- and ended up settling -- for crippling the Bluetooth on another handset, and similarly prevented the Treo 650 from being used as a modem as well. The carrier's rationale is amusing. It says, apparently, that it's shut off dial-up networking support because the Treo doesn't meet its network requirements -- does that mean that Verizon requires its handsets to help fleece its customers? For what it's worth, it says it "hopes" to release Treos with the feature turned on in the third quarter, but it won't say if previously bought phones will be un-crippled. Verizon really likes to break the functionality of phones it sells -- remember, too, that it's fresh off an uproar for removing MP3 playback functionality from some of its other handsets.
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    Dan, 12 Jan 2006 @ 10:40am

    Phone Crippling

    Now that you can take your phone number with you, the carriers are crippling the phones you buy from them so you can't take your phone with you. While there are services to "unlock" such phones, the firmware must be reflashed by the carrier--which most will not do. A smart lawyer should look into the class action suite that would refund money paid to carriers when purchasing branded phones. Sales reps never mention this problem in the store. I just ran into this problem when I purchased a factory-clean razor and tried to get it working on Cingular.

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