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Replying to:  Wild Card: The Good and Bad by OmegaWolf747   Jul 12, 2008, 10:14 PM

Re: Wild Card: The Good and Bad

by Pokerfish    Sep 11, 2009, 7:12 PM

OmegaWolf747 said:
I don't like that Virgin Mobile has disabled file transfer via Blutooth or data cable.

Hey OmegaWolf747. I've seen your posts throughout several forums discussing this phone. Seems you went through something of a research crusade over a year ago, much like I am going through today.

I inherited the Wild Card from someone so am catching up on the features AND limitations of this phone. After perusing dozens of forums and sites I've come to the disappointed realization that Virgin Mobile has indeed distributed a gimped version of the otherwise capable Kyocera M1000 by deliberately disabling key features like:

- Data transfer via cable or bluetooth
- Direct download when surfing the web
- Ability to download e-mail attachments (even though the attachments themselves are visible)
- Ability to assign "Saved Sounds" or "Voice Memos" as ringtones.

It seems VM wanted to do everything it could to prevent users from installing custom ringtones, and force them to pay for and limit themselves to VM's offerings.

Really hoping someone figures out a hack, patch, or other workaround someday.

For me, the annoyance isn't even that you have to pay for ringtones, but that they don't have some of the unique things I want. Studio V seemed promising until I read that you can't upload any sounds.

Bottom line is, I know the OEM Kyocera M1000 ("Lingo") is capable of the above things and more--just that VM disabled them to maintain control and be in a position to nickel and dime.

I'm a 6+ year VM subscriber and have otherwise been satisfied with their offerings. Bummer.

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