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Q: I recently purchased a cameraphone, but my Canadian service provider
seems to have disabled any functions that would allow me to connect it to my
computer to offload pictures, etc. The phone itself (Audiovox 8910) has
what looks like a cable interface, but no cable was included. The sales
rep claimed it could not be linked up at all, but I'm not sure I believe
her. This is not exactly a computer hardware question, but any help would
be great as I don't want to be stuck paying the company to transfer my pics over
A: Ah, the joys of crippled camera phones. I know for a fact that
your particular model can be hooked up
to a PC. You'll need to aquire the cable (try looking on EBay or other auction
sites) for your phone, and a third party open source program called BitPim. This program will allow you access to the file
system of your phone, from which you can download your pictures. You may also be
able to perform other actions like updating ringtones, screensavers, etc. but
you'll have to experiment.
At least this way you can get around the restrictive policies of many cellular service
providers. For other readers out there in the same boat, remember that all
cameraphones should come with an interface cable. If your service provider has
crippled the phone and chosen not to provide the cable, there is
generally a workaround. Good luck!