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DRIVERS: Socket released new Bluetooth drivers and an exchange program [UPDATE: 17.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 15.05.02 - 16:53:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7410x
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Socket Communications just released the final Bluetooth CF card drivers 120D for Pocket PCs.

The Socket Communications Engineering team put a significant effort into re-architecting the software stack to take care of problems found in some of the Pocket PC 2002 operating system powered devices. These changes eliminate problems with the software causing Virtual COM port errors, as well as allowing the product to work on both the Casio Cassiopeia E-200 and the NEC MobilePro P300.

Features included:

  • Support for Microsoft ActiveSync with a Bluetooth-enabled desktop or notebook
  • Phone support added for the Nokia 6310, Nokia 6310i, and NTT Docomo PALDIO 633S
  • Support of LAN Access Profile via PPP (Note: users need to have Rev F cards for this feature - see below)
  • Support for the Bluetooth Fax Profile
  • Point-to-multipoint support

To use some of the new features, your Bluetooth card have to be revision F or greater. To check if your card is compliant please turn back your card and verify your revision letter:

If you have a F card or later, your card is up to date, if you have an E card, you can exchange it to the latest F firmware to be able to use some of the new features too.
Socket offers a detailed Q&A page for exchanging the card which you will find here.

Cheers ~ Arne

UPDATE: I just had a conversation with Socket and they highlighted that you haven't to exchange your card to a F card if you want to use it for ActiveSync or mobile phone access only. Also Fax is already supported with the E card and the latest driver. However, if you want to access your LAN through Bluetooth with the Socket card and a Bluetooth Access Point, you need the F card.

Regarding exchanging the Bluetooth card in the UK, I got the following feedback from Socket: "In the UK, customers can contact Portable Add-ons who have assured me that they will do the upgrade free of charge (excluding shipping)." That's real great news - isn't it? Thanks Socket for this information.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Arne Hess on 15.05.02 - 00:00:00

Does I wrote free of charge? Hmmm... I just got the feedback of the German representation which handles the update and they want to take 20 € handling charges for it. This is more than for shipping charges only... :-(((
So that's a real bad experience, I wonder how it is handled in other countries? Any experiences?

Posted by Anonymous on 15.05.02 - 00:00:00

I'm in the UK and after contacting their upgraders here either they havent replied to my enquiry or said were not doing it as you didnt buy it from them!

Which means it'll have to go back to the US. Probably cheaper to buy a new card!

Posted by Anonymous on 27.06.02 - 00:00:00

In Belgium, the only suggested "upgrade point" refused to proceed the upgrade because I was individual customer and not a company.

So, I'm still with my Socket BT 1.0 card. And no BT network access.

Anyway, I don't really care. I've bought a 802.11 CF to do that. More reliable and faster than BT.

Posted by Ivan on 15.07.02 - 00:00:00

To the Anonymous person from Belgium, I think you should contact socket and tell them that silicontech (the Belgian upgrade point) is refusing to co-operate. Even if you don't need the upgrade per sé, i would advise you to contact socket so that they can put some pressure on their dealer. Belgium is a very bad country allready for buying/ordering pocketpc stuff, so any improvement is welcome wink

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