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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    The Truth, 12 Jan 2006 @ 11:06am

    Re: This is nothing new...it's all about the green

    Thanks for the reply! I've gotten used to paying the $300 per month charge for having the great data from Verizon, but it sure would be nice to see them play more friendly like Cingular, Tmobile and Sprint for tethering purposes. The pocketbook would also appreciate this as well.
    I bashed Verizon for not allowing users to tether because they have always been doing this...think about how many folks out there would futher benefit from BT and High speed data if they didn't cripple their phones.
    Sure, I'd love to find a way to circumvent the situation but realistically, thats just lame! Most people like to do the right thing and I feel that Verizon should do the same.

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