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    When I get a bluetooth dongle, I'll give it a try. Since this is the first attempt at a v551, I'll let you know how it goes and hopefully we can make it work.
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    I have not been able to get my i870 to work with phoco and properly switch the audio and back to serial. I confirmed that the phone does work with the computer and BT manager for the audio gateway but I have noticed that it can be buggy. Phoco can switch to the audio gateway but then the computer drops the connection. The phon still thinks its connected to the audio gateway, very odd..I will have to see how moto progresses with updates for my phone, hopefully they'll fix these problems.

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    I got a bluetooth dongle, and even got the computer acting as a headset for my v551 using the bluetooth software that came with the dongle. But when I go to install PhoneCo, I get this.



    Is that a fatal error or can it be circumnavigated?
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    This occures when something is wrong with your Bluetooth setup. This happens if you have had different versions of the Widcomm driver on your computer.
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    Yeah, I tried again and it went past that screen. All seemed to be going well, I chose motorola v600 because it seemed sufficiently similar. But then while phonco was loading, my whole pc rebooted! And when it came back and I tried agian, it rebooted again.

    And now I cant even get the computer to act as a headset anymore!
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    Me? Nothing.
    That whole reboot thing is an incompatibilty between dongle and driver.
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    http://us.kensington.com/html/9403.html

    That's the dongle I have. It worked fine before I installed phoneco, and when trying to load phoneco, it reboots my computer. Then after installing phoneco, it wouldn't even act as a headset anymore. I had to do a system restore to get that back.

    Any suggestions for getting this to work?
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    Alright, tried it AGAIN, and had the same result. On the 'listed compatible phones page' I selected the 525 this time. It gets to the point where it's loading up phoneco, and displaying the steps it is taking along the process. When it got to "Resetting Phone" (or something like that), the system rebooted.

    I have my old v600 that I could use. But if it's the drivers for the dongle, I have no reason to. Are you sure it's the drivers or is it the phone?
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    Alright, I managed to find this page with specs on the v551.
    Getting a v551 to work

    And using them, I EVEN managed to get phoneco started. But it wasn't connected to my cell at all. WTF? Some help would be appreciated.
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    I tried this package with a Motorola A780, XP SP1, and an iogear-branded Widcomm 3.0.1.906 driver. The A780 has the same limitation as other Motorola phones of one bluetooth "connection" at a time. If it means anything, I had almost exactly the same experience with a V3, except that pc.net managed to download the phonebook.

    The UI for pc.net seems to be very flexible, touchscreen-friendly, and visually attractive. Kudos.

    However, how can you possibly convince anyone that this program is worth $$ with that stupid headset button?!? One should not have to push it when the call ends, and a handsfree device should never get out of sync with the phone to the point of requiring this action of the user. As for the suggestion of plugging in a cable to get an alternate serial connection, that alleviated some of my problems, but pc.net was still a bit on the unresponsive side. Besides, if you're going to plug it in, what's the point of bluetooth?! Two thumbs down, you can't seriously call this "compatible" with Motorola phones!

    The whole thing would also benefit from some echo cancellation, perhaps like gnomemeeting/ichat seem to do in software.

    The Widcomm audio gateway implementation appears to be the major problem here. The Bluetooth HFP 1.0 spec makes one very clear statement on page 14:

    Whenever an "Audio Connection" exists, a related "Service Level Connection" shall also exist.
    The service level connection is described as an RFCOMM serial port type data link over which AT commands are sent. There should not need to be a secondary SPP connection to control the phone functions! Whether the Widcomm AG implementation will expose this or not is another matter.

    Those who still don't understand my complaint, get a Motorola phone and go try a commercial bluetooth car kit -- the usability difference is night and day.

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