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 @ 10:16am

    This is nothing new...it's all about the greenback

    Ok, so I can speak the truth for those of you that haven't already nailed down the reasons.... The reason for Verizon Wireless to cripple the bluetooth for tethering for data usage is purely financial. They don't want users to access their EVDO data network via a cell phone with unlimited usage for $44 per month. They can charge people $59 or $79 per month for a dedicated Aircard, plus you can sign up for a Treo with a voice plan and of course, you would need a data plan to be activated with the Treo. Therefore for a single user, you are charged 3 times....2 for data plans and 1 for a voice plan. Imagine if they allowed you to tether via BT. They would get 1 voice and 1 data per user and miss out on potentially a $59 per month rate per each user that is a mobile worker and has the Treo phone. Don't get me wrong, I'm one of those users and am fine with paying the $300 per month bills. Verizon has the best data network Nationwide...Hands Down. I don't think there's anyone with half a brain that can argue that fact. Let's take a look at the alternatives...If you look at Cingular, they are a GSM based carrier with a ton of selection around handsets. They have an average Data network that sucks compared to Verizon, its slower, the network is overloaded...its a mess. They would lose all of their customers if they crippled their phones like Verizon. They have EDGE which is capped at 120Kbps, UMTS is only in 4-8 markets and HSPDA is a full year behind EVDO. HSPDA won't be rolled out nationwide, in fact it's going to deploy like UMTS or worse. Then there's Sprintextel...they have issues! They Nextel don't offer decent speeds via their IDEN network and Sprint who supposedly has EVDO, is super weak in comparison to Verizon. Then there's Tmobile...a good selection of handsets becuase it's GSM but again a data network that is worse off than both Cingular and Sprint combined... It sure would be nice for Verizon to uncripple their phones but they really don't need to because they are the best! Besides, when was the last time a company, did the right thing, when in actuality it made no financial sense. If I were a shareholder I sure wouldn't want them to do that. If someone can send a link on how to hack my treo 650 so I can tether via Bluetooth...that would be great!

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