>The Motorola Clutch i465 is starting to please me

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I've been pleasantly surprised by my new Motorola Clutch i465. I spent my first few days hating it - or rather, hating Boost Mobile for intentionally blocking downloads from the internet and leaving the default applications leaving much to be desired. I have GPS but the only preloaded application for that costs $10 a month. I have no instant messengers. The default browser blows. There's also no memory card slot so your only choices are getting a data cable or using Bluetooth to transfer files. Oh, and Motorola Tools doesn't support the Clutch... so you can't sync, either (to my knowledge... I use Ubuntu so I didn't delve too deep in to that one).

For its credit, it does have a camera and video recording capabilities. I haven't tested out the video yet, and the camera isn't anything fancy but it works. You also have a QWERTY keypad that is surprisingly easy to use. There's hands free mode, GPS capabilities, email, scheduler, alarm clock, etc.

There's a way of fixing what is to be desired on the Motorola Clutch i465. First, it's called LifeInPocket. This gives you free GPS services including a directory of local stores, gas stations, restaurants, motels, etc. and directions on how to get to them. There are also links to Facebook, Yahoo instant messenger, and Myspace's WAP pages.

How do they do it? Since this is an iDEN phone, you probably have the option of downloading applications through the network that you've purchased. On a Boost phone, that's located under main menu > Java Apps > Download Apps.

Now here's something else.

This iDEN content uploader will upload a zip file containing a jar file and a jad file to your Dowload Apps folder if you put in your area code and phone number (just numbers, no spaces).

This makes it possible to install Opera Mini for Mobile. You need the jar and jad file zipped up... the file name is omini.zip. You can get it from BoostStuff.

Right now I'm working on getting some messengers on here. I'll update you on that once I get it accomplished (or give up trying, hahaha).

Bluetooth has been sticky on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. My Bluetooth dongle is detected, but the default Bluetooth application never pops up. If I force it to come up it doesn't find any devices. However, in terminal the device works and detects my phone and its MAC address. Using this I can get BlueProximity to detect my phone, but that's the only application I've found in the repositories that allows you to input the Bluetooth device's MAC address rather than attempting to detect my Bluetooth dongle and failing for some strange reason (I think there may be some incompatibility with BlueZ and my particular Bluetooth dongle or something). I would love to use MultiSync.

I'm getting absolutely no help in the Ubuntu forums whatsoever.

So anyways, I'm making progress despite Boost's attempts to force you in to buying their applications only and complete silence on the Ubuntu forums.





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