Verizon’s first Bluetooth phone appears

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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