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Cellular provider opinions - bluetooth support
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blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: April 18th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Bluetooth is more a handset issue than a carrier one (carriers are only relevant because they subsidise some handsets via contracts), so I reckon I can make useful comments.

If you want standards-compliant Bluetooth, avoid the Nokia handsets. They don't support the standard profile for doing things like address-book sync, so you have to use their software and no other. I also hear that there are issues making the Nokia software co-operate with anything but Nokia BT dongles.

Personally, I'm drooling over the Sony-Ericsson P800. But they're a bit pricey if what you want is a basic phone with BT that'll co-operate with something like a Clie TG50 (my latest object of techno-lust). The T68i is being discounted quite a bit around here now that the P800 is out, so that might be a good choice, and it has that nifty remote control software...

My recollection is that Ericsson had another BT-capable model out before the T68, but I don't remember which one it was. Only that it was selling for a very reasonable price back when I was looking at the T68, but got not-so-great reviews as it had a typical Ericsson user interface.

Can't really comment on carriers, oddly enough. But if you can get a GSM phone that does what you want for a price you're comfortable with, then at least it's portable between carriers by merely changing SIM. CDMA gives me the heebie-jeebies thanks to the lack of network portability, but I will admit that the little Samsung CDMA jobbie I use these days was (a) cheap and (b) pretty decent. Pity it doesn't have Bluetooth -- if it did it'd be pretty much perfect for me.
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