I bought a TomTom 720 but it won't work with my VX8300 Verizon phone. I called TomTom and they told me Verizon phones will not work because Verizon does not allow it. Any different thoughts on it before I return the 720? I live in New jersey.
I can't speak for TomTom, but my Verizon Wireless phone works just fine with my Garmin c580. I don't think Bluetooth makes a distinction on who makes what, as long as the Bluetooth protocols are the same, they should pair up and work fine.
My VZW phone works fine with 4 other BT receivers, including two different headsets, an in-car system, and my Garmin.
Verizon does limit BT functionality on many (most) of its' phones. Now that VZW uses their own GUI, and not the phone manufacturers, they have greatly limited what their phones will pair with.
My biggest complaint about VZW! They have the best service out there - hands down, and then they go and limit the functionality of the phones they sell!
you're not the first one I hear it from that bluetooth won't connect verizon phone and tomtom
In most Verizon phone, especially those have higher speed EVDO, they purposely disabled the Bluetooth DUN capability so that you can not use the phone as a modem. This is probably why since TomTom need the data link for the phone and it was disabled.
Obviously you never tried Bluetooth DUN. There are a lot of profile that bluetooth provides. What you were using are the profiles for headset or serial. Wait till you try to pair your verizon phone to a device that needs Bluetooth DUN profile and you will be surprised. Sprint does not disable their bluetooth DUN by the way.
Check out this link: Bluetooth for a possible solution to your dilemma. It goes to a thread on tomtomforums.com dealing with VZW, Bluetooth and the 720. As you will discover, you are not alone!
Verizon is the problem, not your GPSr. Verizon is famous for crippling some bluetooth functionality to encourage use of their brew applications & services to download things like ringtones, etc. that they can make money on.
garmin is the best gps for now do not get tomtom
because tomtom traffic need to use your cellphone
in order to get traffic information so that mean your cellphone company charge you for KB you use for traffic garmin no
I know VZW does cripple their phones (and if it weren't for my whole family being on VZW I would leave them in a second), but I hand't experienced any BT issues. I wasn't saying they weren't out there, just that I hadn't seen it on anything I had tried to pair up yet.
Actually Verizon coverage is pretty good, except that their data package is way too expansive and the fact that they purposely disable both serial (no PC driver) and bluetooth (disabled within the phone since it supposed be in the phone) to further limit usage of their already expansive data plan. Tomtom use data link to get traffic data and they expects the bluetooth DUN to pair and that is why I use PDA and on Sprint (you just can't beat the Sprint SERO plan).
I can't use the blue tooth functions on my phone either. ATT/cingular lock's it so it won't work. I'm going to do what my friend did and buy his phone from overseas unlocked so it doesn't have all of that. Then tell them if they want to keep me as a customer then it is their choice! Otherwise I'll find someone who does!
In my opinion it is wrong of the phone company not to allow to use a feature of the phone itself, so far I had cingular and now t-mobile and no problems so far with c550 or c580
Because of US carrier subsidy on phones and especially CDMA phones are always locked via ESN, they have a lot to say on the phone function (they want to low cost, which means cutting corner here and there; they want to divert customers to their add-on services so that boots the wi-fi; they want to charge user expansive data plan because of 3G, and do not want them to tether PC and here it goes the bluetooth DUN etc). Ever wonder why i-Phone is so popular but there is no revolution technology in it? Because in this case carrier (ATT) has no say what comes with the phone and Apple presents a slick package that include stuff user really want.
There are ways around Verizon's locking out of certain functions. They involve some changes to the programming of the phone. You need a data cable and some software. It of course voids your warranty and if done incorrectly could brick your phone. I personally have made some modifications to my phone that Verizon had locked out and it was relatively easy (though confusing to read through at first). Do a Google search for Verizon SEEM edits if you want to resolve the issue or experiment. You can also flash the phone to a different software GUI and that would give you more features as well. Again, though, all risk is on the owner.
I do agree that Verizon's policy stinks. Data plans are way too expensive. If I spend top dollar for a phone, I should be able to utilize all of its features at a reasonable cost.
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