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    Verizon based Blackberry phones work with bluetooth syncing?

    I understand one of the fundamental issues of getting your cell phone to work with Freefone (or any other phone control software out there) is the networking technology of CDMA vs GSM. I know Verizon and Sprint use CDMA and At&t and T-Mobile use GSM. I also understand that GSM is the global standard while CDMA is mostly a US standard. Finally, I know that GSM phones are more successful in general than CDMA phones in working with your front end software for remote phone commands, such as Freefone.

    I am consideirng switching to Verizon (I currently have Sprint) as their network coverage is the best in the US. Does anyone have any luck in getting complete phone control with any Blackberry phones provided by Verizon? That includes making phone calls with the dial pad on the computer screen, seeing phone calls coming in AND being able to answer them, getting phone book information, etc.

    Also, if successful, do you use Bluetooth or USB tethering. And if bluetooth, what profile?
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    Tethering is something entirely different.
    Tethering is using the phone as an internet conenction, whether it is through a physical cable or a bluetooth connection.

    Using the PC as a headset for making phone calls and displaying caller information does not require tethering and is usually done through a bluetooth connection.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Ok, do any of Verizon's Blackberries support that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    Ok, do any of Verizon's Blackberries support that?
    They all do

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    Ok, do any of Verizon's Blackberries support that?
    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    They all do
    justchat_1 is correct, regardless of what "that" you mean. All but the oldest Blackberries support both bluetooth headset capability (which is what the PC uses) and tethering for internet access.
    Curious about which one you meant when you said "that".
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    It depends on which JSR profile is used in the development of the connection application. I know for instance my Blackberry doesn't work with JSR-82 (bluetooth AVRCP) because the cellular provider blocked all OBEX on the device. I'm pretty sure Verizon is the same way, there is no data transfer over bluetooth available on the device without hacking it but as long as the software doesn't use OBEX then you should be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    It depends on which JSR profile is used in the development of the connection application. I know for instance my Blackberry doesn't work with JSR-82 (bluetooth AVRCP) because the cellular provider blocked all OBEX on the device. I'm pretty sure Verizon is the same way, there is no data transfer over bluetooth available on the device without hacking it but as long as the software doesn't use OBEX then you should be good.
    Close...but not quite. Its usually a bad idea to base generalizations about a spec on the way java does things. Obex and AVRCP have absolutely nothing to do with each other nor anything to do with HFP/HSP or DUN(what the OP was actually asking about). You did get the carrier lock part somewhat right though-> some carriers (mainly verizon) will disable bluetooth features like DUN/tethering, obex transfer or even spp access. No carrier (AFAIK) has ever disabled HFP or HSP.

    Some more info:
    Blackberrys until very recently didn't start shipping with anything useful other then hfp/hsp (like the iPhone until 3.0) requiring proprietary software for all sync related operations. They still require proprietary syncing software for most operations but now have the ability to do PBAP and A2DP streaming.

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    Why is OBEX blocked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonestatue View Post
    Why is OBEX blocked?
    It competed with their ringtone downloads (you could transfer ringtones from your computer for free) and undercut their profit

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    Which ones don't block OBEX?
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