View Full Version : Cellphone / Bluetooth question
09-12-2005, 04:28 PM
Ok here is the deal. I am thinking about getting a Motorola Razr V3 (silver) cell phone soon. The main reason I am wanting this phone is to be able to synch up my address/phone book to my Mac Mini using bluetooth.
I am looking for someone with this setup who can let me know if this will work.
Second, at my home where my Mac is located, I am outside the service area, does anyone know if the bluetooth will still work without cell service. Some of the phones I have had before, lock out many of the menu items unless you are in the service area.
If I can't use blutooth at the house I will most likely just get a cheap phone. I just want to know before I blow a $149 on a phone that won't do everything I need/want.
09-13-2005, 12:37 AM
I'm quite sure the phone will work with iSync.
As for whether it would work without cell service, I really can' see why not (but then again I've never seen menus unrelated to calling get disabled when in a dead spot).
09-13-2005, 01:31 AM
The Razr is good phone. I don't use the bluetooth capabilities, but the phone itself is very nice. About a month ago I was rummaging around wireless stores in Chinatown and found a couple places that offered the phone for free with a one-year contract with T-mobile or cingular, which have good reception in NY. The same phone was selling for $200 in most stores in downtown manhattan.
The phone works better than many other phones (with the same carrier) I've used in my rathole NY apartment.
09-13-2005, 03:21 AM
Really? I didn't hear stellar things about the Razr.
Which brings up an interesting question. What phone would everyone recommend and why?
09-13-2005, 10:09 AM
Thanks for the info guys. I went ahead and ordered one. From Motorola's web page you can get the Silver model for $149.00 with a $50.00 rebate, plus a free bluetooth headset.
For $99.00 I guess it's worth a try. It's a nice looking phone and has a ton of options. It also has an external antenna port, so who knows perhaps I can use that to get a signal at the house.
I love living in a rural area, but this is one of the thinks that sucks about it. :)
If anyone is wanting to pick one up with new service here is the link:
You can also get the phone for a straight $99.00 at Best Buy on sell, but without the free bluetooth headset.
Edit: I just found the phone for Free ($199.00 with 2 $100.00 rebates) + 2000 My Points points from My Points! It's even from the same place I ordered mine from.
09-15-2005, 12:08 AM
Just did a test with my Razr in a no service area -- and yes you can access all the menus and such (even Bluetooth).
09-15-2005, 03:16 PM
I am thinking of getting this phone as well but I have found a couple of reviews that state that isync won't work with the bluetooth on this phone. Were you able to get yours to sync using bluetooth? I want to do a one year contract, but it seems like Cingular only offers two year contracts.
09-17-2005, 03:48 AM
Can't you buy the phone and put your just swap out your sim card? No contract that way right?
09-17-2005, 04:01 PM
No sim card with verizon. I found this article. Looks like Apple took care of it with latest update.
09-17-2005, 06:29 PM
You said cingular in your post ;)
09-17-2005, 08:32 PM
Switching from Verizon to Cingular. Checked out the V3 RAZR yesterday. The thing is thin, but really big. Not sure I am going to get it after seeing how much bigger it is than my Samsung A530.
09-18-2005, 03:32 AM
I just got the 6230 Nokia. Small and pretty good
09-27-2005, 06:45 PM
Sorry I should have come back and updated this post.
I ended up getting the phone, and as stated above, it works perfectly with bluetooth even out of the service area. It also works great with isync. Has no issues transfering pics to the mac either.
Voice enabled dialing works better on this phone that any of the others I have tested. My only complaint is the volume level of calls is a little bit on the low side. On the other hand it has a speaker phone that works great.
If you are into games, there is also some software you can google up that will let you unlock a mode on the phone called Java Upload, with this you can "find" games on the net and upload them directly to your phone via usb.
All in all very happy with it.
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