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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    techies, 17 May 2006 @ 6:39am

    CDMA Razr V3c Hack

    OBJECTIVE:
    To Enable USB and OBEX support on CDMA Razr V3c phones that have been disabled by Verizon service provider. Enabling support allows users to upload and download their Phone Contacts, Calendar, and Messages to their computers for backups and other reasons.

    EQUIPMENT:
    • Fully charged Verizon RAZR V3C Phone with GATW_01.15.04 (or x.03) software version
    • USB A to USB mini B (5 pin) interface cable
    • Motorola PhoneTools v4.0x
    • DriverTool.zip
    • Motorola Product Support Tool (PST) 7.2.3 & Patch
    • Motorola Product Support Tool USB Driver
    • P2KSeem

    PROCEDURE:
    1. Create a sub directory on your Windows XP computer and name it RazrHack on your C drive or other.
    2. Download Motorola PhoneTools v4.0x into RazrHack sub directory.
    3. Extract MPT.zip to sub directory called MPT within RazrHack.
    4. Go to http://www.bvrp.com/customers/motorola/upgrade/US/ and click on the hyperlink title “Click here if you use a CDMA phone.” Or go to http://www/bvrp.com/Customers/Motorola/DriverTool.zip to download the Driver Tool.
    5. Save DriverTool.zip to RazrHack
    6. Extract DriverTool.zip to sub directory called DriverTool within RazrHack.
    7. Download Motorola Product Support Tool (PST) 7.2.3 & Patch into sub directory RazrHack
    8. Extract MPST.zip to sub directory called MPST within RazrHack.
    9. Download Motorola Product Support Tool USB Driver from www.v710.org/mark/Files/E815-V710-DriverPack1.zip and into sub directory RazrHack.
    10. Extract E815-V710-DriverPack1.zip to sub directory called PST-USB within RazrHack.
    11. Download P2KSeem from www.v710.org/mark/Files/P2KSeem4V710.zip to RazrHack.
    12. Extract P2KSeem4V710.zip into sub directory called P2KSeeem4V710 within RazrHack.
    13. Install Motorola PhoneTools v4.0x and run update for application updates the Internet.
    14. Go to C:RazrHacksDriverTool and click on DriverTool.exe to install.
    15. Install Motorola Product Support Tool (PST) 7.2.3 & Patch.
    16. Go into PST-USB and read readme.txt file.
    17. Determine where PST-USB files are to be copied to for C:i386 ( or C:WINDOWSi386) and Motorola Product Support Tool.
    18. Connect powered down Verizon RAZR V3c phone to Windows XP computer using the USB interface cable.
    19. Run Motorola Product Support Tool (PST). NOTE: Windows Add New Hardware Wizard should run, automatically search for, find and install the new driver. If not, point the wizard to the PST-USB sub directory. The phone will now be listed as “Motorola USB Modem” in Device Manager under Modems.
    20. If your phone shows up in Device Manager as Motorola USB Modem, launch PST using the Phone Programmer icon off the start menu. Again, if this is your first time doing this, or you have connected the data cable to a different USB port, the Add New Hardware wizard will run. It will try to install “Communications Class - Control Interface”, “Data Logging MCU Interface”, “Test Command Interface,” and “Accessories Interface.” For all of these, choose "Install from a list or specific location..." then click next. On the following screen, to the right to the "include this location in the search" click browse... and direct C:RazrHackPST-USB for the V3C PST_USB driver. If the add new hardware wizard does NOT run, check device manager for a Motorola USB Device group with Accessories Interface, Data Logging MCU, and Test Command Interface listed. If you have them, you can proceed. If you do not, unplug your phone, power it off/on, and reconnect. These devices must be installed for P2KSeem to connect to the phone! They will only be listed in Device Manager while PST is still running so DO NOT EXIT PST!
    21. PST really gives NO indication that it is connected to your phone. To verify connectivity, launch PST.
    22. When the main interface appears, click File,New, Phone Book File then OK. You will be presented with Untitled Phone Book File. Use the Phone pull down, and click READ. PST should start reading the contents of your phone's Contacts. If it finishes, PST is connected. NOTE: Be careful when doing this in PST, choosing an improper option (even for reading) can fry your phone!!
    23. While PST 7.2.3 is running on your computer, run P2kSeem.exe from C:RazrHackP2KSeem4v710.
    24. P2KSeem should say "connected" in the lower left corner of the application box.
    25. Locate the LOAD area in the bottom right corner area. Change the Seem to 2742 and Record to 1.
    26. Verify the 2 fields have the correct entries then Click “LOAD FROM PHONE” button.
    27. From within the application, you will see many hex codes arranged in columns and rows. Under Selected Byte Details (lower left section) you will see OFFSET:0000 (location of cursor at load time).
    28. To backup the original seem, click “save to file” and go to C:RazrHack
    29. Name backup file to 2742_0001.bak and click OK to save.
    30. Go down to row 000060 and column over to e3 (may be e2 on some phones) should say offset 006a.
    31. Click on box for BIT 0 to put a check mark in it. This sets BIT 0 = 1 (enables USB File transfer for music/video/pictures in the Motorola phone tools software). NOTE: DO NOTE EXPERIMENT WITH OTHER BITS!
    32. Click “Save to Phone.”
    33. Click “Restart Phone.”
    34. Close P2kSeem & PST
    35. Unplug the USB cable from your phone, and then plug it back in (resets connection with the pc after programming).
    36. Run Motorola Phone tools.
    37. Press or go to menu/setup/general setup.
    38. Click on communication tab and choose change modem.
    39. Click on Next 2 times.
    40. Click the box beside "Do not automatically detect..." & click next.
    41. Click on Motorola CDMA, choose V3CM and Click next.
    42. Click Finish and OK.
    Now your Motorola PhoneTools software should connect with your phone, and show you the Multimedia Studio, Contact, and Calendar options. If not, reboot your pc and reopen phone tools to connect again.

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