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Thursday, December 15th, 2005

So Verizon finally got the Razr! There have been a few CDMA Razr's on ebay from Asia that would work with Verizon but they were really expensive. I had heard rumors that Verizon was going to release the Razr soon...but they never gave a date. My two year contract was up at the end up November, so I decided to wait and go month by month until a cool phone came out.

motorola Razr V3C

One of the things that pisses me off about Verizon is that they cripple the bluetooth capabilites of the phones. They make it so you can only use the bluetooth with a wireless hands-free kit, not for Object Exchange (OBEX) which would allow you to sync the phone to your computer. They expect you use their "Get it Now" feature on the phone to let you buy ringtones and backgrounds and pay $0.25 a pixmsg to get pictures off the phone. But I have heard that the bluetooth is fully functional on Verizon's Razr. I don't have a bluetooth adapter on my computer yet so I can't test this.

One of the coolest features of the Razr is that it uses a standard mini-usb port for charging and data transfer. So if the battery is running low at work I can just plug a usb cable in and it'll charge it. This also makes data transfer pretty easy. There is a free driver for the phone from BVRP. Those are the Motorola USB modem drivers.

Once the drivers were installed I was able to access the filesystem on the phone using BitPim. This allows me to put files (ringtones, backgrounds) on the phone and take pictures off.

The only issue I've had so far with the phone was the clock lagging. Basically when the phone would go idle the clock wouldn't advance. Once it woke up it would then sync but still annoying. The answer was simply to turn the phone off and back on again. I actually read about people returning the phone multiple times and still having the problem. HAHA.

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#1 - Dec 17, 2005 at 8:56 AM
First, your email address came back undeliverable the other day. Was there a problem?
And I got the new LG VX 8100, with all the neat features. I bought a mini SD card for it and I can take pics and then put them on the card and put it directly into my Epson R300 printer.
#2 - Dec 22, 2005 at 2:35 PM
I am really happy that Verizon is offering the Razr now...when I can get a new phone that is probably what I'll get. However, I really want a Sidekick. I know I'm lame. But I still want one.
#3 - Dec 30, 2005 at 11:42 PM
Sorry I didn't notice the comments...I screwed up when I wrote that piece and hard-coded the post ID so all comments were being added under some old post. Whoops!

Cheryl: I thought about getting the 8100, I had the vx-6000 before and really liked it.

Betsy: It's ok...I think Sidekicks are cool too. I just wouldn't use it enought to justify the purchase. As it is I don't use even most of the features of my phone. As long as I can use the phone and take a random picture of something funny, I'm happy.
#4 - Dec 31, 2005 at 2:17 AM
Hello Joe,

Do you know where I can actually get BitPim from? I followed the link you had posted but found no cigar.
#5 - Dec 31, 2005 at 9:51 AM
Hey Brian, links to the sourceforge project files. This is probably what you are looking for:

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