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Verizon users have been screaming for years for a Bluetooth capable phone they could use with their mobile devices. The Motorola v710 is Verizon’s first phone with BT and it has finally appeared in Verizon stores. The v710 is a full featured phone with a color […]

mot_v710Verizon users have been screaming for years for a Bluetooth capable phone they could use with their mobile devices. The Motorola v710 is Verizon’s first phone with BT and it has finally appeared in Verizon stores. The v710 is a full featured phone with a color screen inside and out, Bluetooth, speakerphone, and camera.I picked up one of them yesterday as I have longed for Bluetooth to connect to my Pocket PC and my laptop. I have been using Verizon’s Mobile Office with a USB cable connected to my Audiovox CDM-9500 and the thought of losing yet another cable had me waiting for this phone for a long time. All was not roses, however, as Bluetooth configuration was difficult to say the least. Read on to find out how I got my Sony U-70 to finally talk to the phone via BT.

I am running Windows XP with SP2 on the Sony. WinXP SP2 included drivers for a lot of Bluetooth devices built into the OS so I was hoping the pairing with the phone would be simple. Wrong. It turns out WinXP only has drivers for most USB Bluetooth adapters and BT radios built into a number of laptops. I am using a Socket Compact Flash BT card and of course no drivers were supplied. I had previously installed the Socket software on the Sony so it seemed like it would be ready to go but a couple of things got in the way. First, the Motorola cannot be configured to stay auto-discovered for longer than 60 seconds. This is no doubt a security feature but it means mobile devices have to be told manually to pair up. That seems to defeat the benefit of Bluetooth to me. I’m still looking at all the configuration screens to find a way around that.Even manually pairing up didn’t change the fact I couldn’t connect to Verizon’s Express Network as there was no way to tell Bluetooth’s DUN Gateway to use the phone via BT. It kept trying to use the old phone with cable and even removing that modem completely from Windows wouldn’t fix that. Using some advice from a fellow U-70 owner I downloaded the Motorola Mobile Phone Tools from their web site. During the install it built a DUN connection for BT that both Windows XP and the v710 seemed to like better. Looking at that connection it’s the same as the one I had before so go figure. Once I did that I have been able to connect to the Express Network at will. It’s pretty cool connecting wirelessly while mobile.Pairing the v710 to my Toshiba e805 Pocket PC was even easier, with the Socket BT Get Connected tool making a good connection the first time.

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  1. Motorola V710 Review Friday, August 13, 2004
  2. Raphael Salgado Friday, August 13, 2004

    Glad to know my advice helped out. Now, I have to find a Socket card as I desire a low/no-profile BT solution instead of a USB dongle.

  3. Raphael Salgado Friday, August 13, 2004

    FYI, pairing up only needs to be done once. The only time you need to make one device discoverable is so that they can take note of unique IDs of each other, similar to the MAC address of a network card.

    Once each BT device knows of each others presence, you authenticate the presence with the passkey. That way, in the future, they’ll always know they can trust each other.

    I don’t think that defeats the purpose as you stated, but enforces security first time around, and no further action will ever be needed on your part. The moment they come in proximity to each other, the rest is automatic.

  4. What I was referring to is not the device pairing but rather the pairing between the DUN service and the Motorola phone. Once I go into Standby or reboot the Sony the DUN service is no longer associated with the phone. This forces me to manually relink the two. After a reboot the Sony no longer “sees” the phone and when that happens I must make the Motorola discoverable to link with the Sony. I can’t see anywhere on the phone to make it stay discoverable for longer than a minute. Rather a pain, that.

  5. Raphael Salgado Friday, August 13, 2004

    Perhaps its driver or device related, but I created an internet connection using Mobile Phone Tools, then I had it create a shortcut on the desktop – it actually launches a small portion of MPT which pairs up and dials away onto my V710 in no time at all.

    Interesting how similar our configurations and love for gadgetry are…

    What’s next on your hit list?

  6. It’s strange on the v710 but every time the U goes standby it breaks the link between the DUN service and the Motorola. It’s not that big a deal but kind of a pain.

    As for next gadget- I have to admit I can’t think of anything right now. I’m pretty set. I just received a Man Bag and am going to review that in the next few days. It’s certainly different from other bags. :)

  7. Raphael Salgado Saturday, August 14, 2004

    Just a little FYI… The Motorola Timeport 270 was the first phone that Verizon Wireless had that could support Bluetooth via an optional accessory.

    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=42

    Granted, it was trash, but many still consider it the first Bluetooth phone. You could say that the V710 was the first integrated Bluetooth phone that Verizon had. With all the issues that people are probably having now with Bluetooth, you can imagine what it was like when the 270 was released.

  8. Yes, it was so bad I don’t count it as a true Bluetooth effort.:)

  9. Do you have the link for Mobile phone Tools from Motorola’s site…I can’t seem to find it..

  10. http://www.bvrp.com/customers/motorola/upgrade/US/

    bk, please note that the MPT currently does not link with the phone via Bluetooth and doesn’t seem to sync contacts even via a USB cable, at least what I’ve tracked down currently. I actually uninstalled it as it was only used to automatically build the DUN connection for modem work with a PC. I actually already had that anyway. Seems there is some work to be done with the firmware of this phone by Motorola.

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