This is a monumental moment for all Verizon Wireless users. Verizon finally seems to be listening to its customers. For the longest time Verizon would disable all non-cellular methods for transferring images and music. That way you were forced to use Verizon’s network and end up paying for the transfers. Now it seems that Verizon is finally going back on that policy – at least on their flagship phone, the Motorola RAZR V3c.
Since yesterday, all Verizon Motorola RAZR users can take their phone in to their local Verizon dealer for a free software update. While the main purpose of this software is to fix the many bugs that have been plaguing the device since its release, a big surprise comes with it. After the update, hooking up your phone to your computer will allow you to use Motorola’s Phone Tools to transfer all your multimedia to and from your phone. That’s not all. OBEX, the service used to transfer data over Bluetooth, has been added to the phone’s list of Bluetooth services. This means that anyone with a Bluetooth dongle has the ability to transfer and retrieve photos, etc. from their phone for free.
Long time owners of the RAZR will find this news quite odd. Back when the phone was originally released, OBEX was left on by mistake. Verizon quickly corrected that error by not only turning off OBEX, but completely stripping the OBEX code from the firmware. Now that OBEX has been enabled again shows that either Verizon has no clue what they’re doing or they’re finally listening to customer’s requests.
Owners of other Verizon phones should be glad to hear this news. Rumor has it that other V Cast phones will be getting similar treatment in the coming weeks. Supposedly Verizon has started to advertise this functionality in their ads, signifying that firmware upgrades can’t be too far away.
Update: I just realized I forgot to link to my evidence. HowardForums currently has a lengthy thread on the subject with actual confirmed user tests.
Update 2: My initial reports have now been confirmed to be wrong. To find out what’s really the case read my followup article. Sorry for any confusions this article brought. I reported on this news a little too prematurely since the results were still being reported at the time.
Update 3: Mark_Venture of the HowardForums’ Verizon forum has written an excellent FAQ regarding the file transfer issue on Motorola RAZRs. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants the complete updated information on this subject.