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    I wanted to uploaded a few MP3 songs to my cell phone, so I tried to connect my laptop (E1505) to my cell phone (which had bluetooth turned on). I double clicked the Bluetooth Manager icon and followed the Wizard instructions, then I chose the "Express Mode, the laptop detected my cel phone, next it took me to the Bluetooth Security screen and asked me to enter a Bluetooth Passkey PIN, I did that and I heard my cell phone beep once and it said a new device was added to my cell phone as a modem? I hit OK, then the laptop showed a "Advanced Modem Settings" screen and asked me to create a dial-up connection...at this point I was totally lost...I thought this was a bluetooth devide, so why is Dial-Up connection involved? so weird, anyone know what I did wrong?
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    Ok, I did manage to successfully connect my laptop to my cell phone. it showed as a dial-up connection icon on my desktop..

    1st question, is this considered as a phone call and counts towards my cell phone min usuage?

    2nd question, how do I transfer files (MP3 songs) from my laptop to my cell phone after the connection is established?

    Thanks.

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    If you connect to the internet through your cell phone as a bluetooth modem it will charge through your cell phone service as a "data call" which unless you have a service plan for doing so charges you insane fees and rates. If you already have a unlimited data plan, which anyone using such services should have, then don't worry about it. It doesn't cost you cell minutes, it costs you data bites which can run much higher on your monthly bill than additional cell minutes do. If you have a data plan with your cell package like I do then congrads, sounds like you can probably get wireless internet access through your cell phone like I do. You'll know if your paying for a data plan because it costs you a noticeable amount extra each month. I think my own EVDO wireless broadband service through Verizon for my service plan is like $59 additional each month on my cell bill for unlimited data.

    your 2nd question answer is you can transfer files through bluetooth without even having your cell phone activated so this costs you nothing. Since you established a bluetooth connection between your phone and your computer without mentioning anything else exoctic needing to be installed to do so I'll guess your running windows XP SP2.

    Transfering files is easy, ignore the other stuff you got yourself into, set up the trust between the two devices and be sure to password protect the connection. You'll be prompted to initialy set up a password and enter in the same password on both devices, sounds like you got that part figured out already.

    The rest is so easy it's certain to cause confusion because you'll think it just can't be that easy.

    Turn your bluetooth on in your phone if you have an option to turn it on or off, you should.

    Turn on the bluetooth in your computer, usually you'll have a bluetooth manager program installed to do so.

    Password protect and establish the connection, sounds like you have that figured out.

    Open "My Network Places" in Windows and it's just like opening a shared drive on another networked computer. You'll see it listed there referenced to some type of bluetooth connection and you can just drag and drop files like you would for either another networked computer or even a flash drive.

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    Yes I'm running WinXP MCE SP2. I got the 2nd part figured out (transfering files from my laptop to cell phone, thx!).

    However, I'm still confused about the first part you explained. I have DSL at home and I don't have wireless internet access. But internet access has nothing to do with transfering files between laptop and my cell phone, right? I was simply trying to connect my laptop to my cell phone to transfer some MP3 songs, when those two devices connected with each other, it showed the cell phone as a dial-up connection on my desktop, when I clicked the connection properties, it says "Connect using: Modem-Standard 33600 bps Modem (COM40)". I just wonder if it was like making a call with my cell phone...Is this how bluetooth device works?

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    Your fine it sounds like with no need to worry yourself about any more of the geekie weird stuff. You had some really good questions and you now have what you need to worry about figured out. I think you asked about slightly more than you were after and I went a step further and then answered slightly more still on your question.

    Yes, internet access has nothing to do with transfering files between your cell phone and your computer, and doing such doesn't cost you anything additional on your cellular service plan, be it just a voice plan or a data plan so long as your using bluetooth to do the data transfers. You can think of the bluetooth connection as an imaginary wire between your computer and your cell phone.

    The bluetooth modem thing you asked about though means you can connect to the internet through your cell phone wirelessly on your computer. Your safe as long as you either don't use it like that or have what I'd suggest an unlimited data plan through your cell service if you do use it. To use it will also mean you'll need to know what number to have the modem dial out on through your cell phone, as well as a user name and password to establish that connection. If you don't have a data plan and don't know that info your safe from aditional charges or from being able to use it like that.

    So, with out my further complicating your question by giving you too much info, your fine, you know now how to transfer files through bluetooth now. Use it like that all you want, you don't even need to have your cell phone activated to do so like your doing so there is no aditional charge from your cell provider for that type of bluetooth usage.

    Just make sure you don't float through the defaults and be sure to set atleast a password for the bluetooth trust between the devices. The trust can be established without the need of entering in the password each time you make the connection, but you do want to make sure the password gets set between the devices.

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    Thanks for your help! Yes once I figured it out it wasn't really that hard

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    Bluetooth is by design made to be easy. No need to thank me for that.

 

 

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