I don't know about Tour, but you're wrong about Verizon "crippling" Bluetooth. Sure Verizon may only support Bluetooth on headsets, but it really depends on the phone you have. Some, but not all phones can Bluetooth media and etc., back and forth to each other. (Same with all carriers!) I successfully Bluetooth pictures to several of my friend's non-smart phones, and they were with other networks! I admit failed to Bluetooth to some friend's Verizon phones, but they have MMS packages.
this topic seems to be highly debated, do they cripple phones? why? should you leave vzw? to answer ur question!
yes they cripple phones, they do anything they can to make an extra buck off of us, but so do the other carriers, tmobile
sells there svs for more money then vzw does, and there network SUCKS< at least vzw has an excelent network. i an being forced to pay ten dollars a month if i want voice nav, because my ability to download other free third party aps is being blocked by vzw. why do you think carriers stray from wifi phones, there has bin a backlash to bring wifi phones to carrieres< IE the new universal rule is: in order to purchase a blackberry you MUST buy the data pkg (or they wont sell u the phone). my prodiction is which ever carrier produces a reasonably priced and reliable prepaid(no contract) pay per use or per day data svs will eventully win the carrier wars.
Forced to pay $10 for GPS finder / locater map? I use free Poynt and it works very well and it's free. It was in my BB application package as far as I remember. The only app. I may buy comes from Crackberry, and it is Berrybuzz because it lets me know so much without having to pick up my phone every few minutes. I also use U-Mail as I no longer have to dial *86 to get my voice mails and it was free too.
OK,, i also use point, its a great app, but its not turn by turn gps navagation( ur comapiring apples to oranges).
go to (Amaze.com) download the app to ur blackberry, its a totally free app for turn by turn gps nav, you will find that
vzw blocks your gps reciver so you cant use the app to locate yourself. i paid for a phone with a gps reciver, so i should be able to use it where and however i choose, the problem is that vzw sells the the same free svs for ten dollars a month, so why shouldnt they take an extra ten bucks a month from me??? i am locked into a 2 yeay contract. i know, your going to tell me, that if i dont like it then go somewhere else, maybe i will maybe i wont, but one thig is for sure, in almost any other industry, this would be deemed unethical and propably ilegal!!!!!!
It would only be illegal if they promised GPS outside of navigator and force you to buy navigator.
Not sure which blackberry you have but the storm is open gps and the tour should be too. curve does not have a true gps chipset--it uses aGPS and not gps.
congratulations! i'm glad that you are happy with your phone! ... however, i'm not you and i use my phone in different ways than you do. so saying that there isn't anything else on your phone that you want to use that is currently crippled is comparing apples and oranges.
I'm sorry if my post came across like I was being critical of those that say Verizon cripples phones. My question was sincere, I really wanted to know. Until I started reading forums like this I had no idea that Verizon limited the functions of their phones.
I still think it depends on what type phone you have, as well as the plans you have. Same with all the carriers, if only basic calling and voice mail. Even a "certain smartphone," only now comes out with MMS service because people asked or demanded to have it. Not the "carriers" fault, but the device manufacture??
The two major factors of "crippling" have always been GPS and WIFi. Both of these are now mandated from VZ to be included, thats why all (most) of the new phone models will end in 50.
you are wrong, there are not two major factores for crippling phones, there is only one GREED. i hear a lot of you people saying the storm and tour have open gps recievers, i can assure you they dont, you can download and use any mapping svs
from any app, but only a vzw approved app will allow you full access (the ability to locate your position). and there isnt any vzw approved apps that gives you anything for free that vzw sells. vzw says that it is a quality control issue, but it isnt, its all about the bottom line, thats how they get away with it.