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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    oneskibum, 2 Jul 2009 @ 1:11am

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    i would like to know how much verizon pays you to post comments like this. they are the russian mafia of the cellular industry.
    please do me a favor and educate yourself before you post comments like this, for instance:
    a: get a motorola razor from at&t and one from verizon, any other phone that is of similar model will also do. they will never be exactly the same since verizon rides on an antique cdma system which only about 160 million people use. at&t, tmobile, vodaphone, etc. use gsm which 1 billion people use all over the world
    b: get a tomtom and try to connect with bluetooth. you can consider yourself lucky if your verizon phone just lets you connect to the tomtom as a handsfree set. forget about receiving sms messages, transfer of address books, etc. all together.
    on a gsm phone from at&t, tmobile, vodaphone, rodgers, etc. you can have all of those features. so why don't you people wise up and quit supporting crooks like verizon and stop listening to uneducated, brainwashed verizon zombies.

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