Apple Friendly Verizon Phones?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by colosodian, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. colosodian macrumors member

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    Im looking for a good Verizon phone, I live in the bay area and get the best reception with them. Im considering phones based on features, and somewhat on looks.

    I like the v3c cause its slim, and its relatively easy to uncripple bluetooth, e815 for features, but its fairly bulky. Ive never had an LG, but will consider them, and i dont think samsung has what im really looking for.

    Phone will be used for talking, synching contacts, possibly calendar events, and it would be nice to be able to use DUN every now and than to check email.

    Any insight? I wish I could ask the apple engineers what phones they use...
     
  2. iShane macrumors 6502a

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    Do you mean like a Verizon phone with iTunes or something like that? I doubt it because Verizon has VCast or whatever they call that...
     
  3. colosodian thread starter macrumors member

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    no, im not really interested as using my phone as an mp3 player, I have an ipod for that. :D

    More looking for something that I can use with isync, and tether.
     
  4. iShane macrumors 6502a

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    Oh. Hah. Doesn't the Treo already do that? I'm not sure. You might want to check it out because I think Verizon's having some special sale on the Treo's right now. However it might be too bulky for you.
     
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I have the e815.

    1. It works perfectly with iSync.

    2. You have to download a driver for DUN. Once you do, DUN is great. Although I hear that if you use it too much, Verizon will start to charge you.

    3. Bluetooth transfers are easy, but you first need to edit a seem. It takes a PC, a usb cable, and 2 minutes of time.

    I highly recommend this phone. It is on the bulky side, but well worth it. It has great reception and is sturdy as a rock. You will not be disappointed.
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought the e815 (with Verizon), and yup it's bulky, but it syncs beautifully. Though a bit annoying that my contacts are alphabetized by first name :rolleyes:

    Now regarding what grapes said:

    Can you give more info about the seem edit?

    Bluetooth transfers would make this fantastic (i.e., changing ringtones and moving camera photos to iPhoto). Info on Howardforums seems dated, and links to required files were missing.
     
  7. Crikey macrumors 6502

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    The mobile tech editors at PC Magazine write that the E815 is the best "talking" (i.e., non-Treo) phone Verizon offers. So if it works as well as you guys say with iSync, and you can un-cripple the Bluetooth, it sounds like a winner.

    What's this "seem" editing? Do you mean a SIM? Does the E815 have a SIM card like GSM phones do? Or is "seem" some kind of newspeak for embedded firmware?


    Crikey

    P.S. Thanks to the original poster for an interesting topic.
     
  8. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    This is the clearest page I've found describing the process of hacking the e815 to allow bluetooth transfer: Nuclear Elephant, but the links to the required files do not work.

    There's also one on howardforums, and the links appear to work.

    I haven't had the guts to try it out yet :p
     
  9. kugino macrumors 65816

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    another vote for the e815.
    1. yes, it works nicely with iSync.
    2. you do not need to download a driver for DUN. just enable it on the phone and set up your mac properly. detailed instructions here. verizon charges you data minutes anytime you use it, so it's not free. if this will be your main mode of getting network access on your laptop, you should get an unlimited data plan. with EVDO, you'll get pretty decent download speeds (and marginal upload speeds).
    3. yeah, this requires a bit more work...haven't tried it but i hear it's not to tough to do...
     
  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The stuff on howard forums is the best info out there. You may have have to google for some of the files, but the steps are all correct.
     
  11. macreator macrumors regular

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    I have a Treo 650 with Verizon Wireless in NYC and love it. I sync with Palm Desktop for Mac via Bluetooth and have had zero problems.

    Depends on what you're in the market for though. I needed an organizer so I went with the Treo. I find it to be great and not too big at all. Fits in my pocket fine.

    To compare form factors best thing to do is visit your local Verizon Store and look around.
     
  12. bluedevil14 macrumors regular

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    any here have an LGVX9800? Does it work with iSync?
     
  13. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Don't have it, and Apple's website does not list it as supported.

    I only see Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and Panasonic listed.
     

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