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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    Leonard, 3 Apr 2006 @ 8:42pm

    Verizon Crippling overall

    Verizon Wireless cripples all of their phones so that you pay more. The expect you to use their Get It Now! programs to recieve your Brew Apps and Media Content. I went thought diffrent companies such as former AT&t wireless and Cingular. CDMA Networks (Verizon) has much faster speed than GSM. I would suggest that you look online for a Firmware hack for your phone. I found many for the MOTO V710. If you don't want to go with Verizon, i would suggest Alltel. They both on CDMA and get the same speeds. But Alltel Wireless phones are not crippled! I highly suggest staying away from Cingular, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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