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PCstats Q & A - Crippled cameraphone solution - PCstats Q & A - Crippled cameraphone solution
Thu, January 06 2005 | 5:02PM | PermaLink Feedback?

Today's Q&A comes from Julia via email. Don't forget to check out our forums for technical help!

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 their airwaves.

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!

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