Verizon Firmware Update Breaks Bitpim Connectivity!
Who does Verizon think they are these days? Sony? The latest firmware updates to the chocolate series of phones breaks the connectivity between Bitpim and the phone. This isn’t a case of the update changing the internal structure and an unsupported product no longer functioning. This is a blatant blocking of the service which, because it allows users to use their own ringers instead of paying Verizon $2 for 30 seconds of pop music. You will get the error message, “Access to file/directory has been blocked on this phone by the phone provider.” if you have the most recent firmware. It sounds like the folks at Bitpim are working on fixing this, however if you haven’t gotten the update do not do it! I received the following comment from Paula, on my How to transfer Music to your LG 8500/8600 post.
Access blocked error: “Access to file/directory has been blocked on this phone by the phone provider.”
I understand this is a problem with the newest Verizon firmware release (T85VZR05). If you’re having this problem, you’ll have to wait for the folks at BitPim to solve it.
For those who haven’t updated the firmware, DON’T!! If you do, you’ll no longer have access to your phone through BitPim.
Oh… I forgot to mention that’s with the chocolate. Don’t know where it applies to other phones.
I find it deeply disturbing that Verizon is trying to block Bitpim especially because I am a power user and when I purchase a phone I want to be able to use all of the capabilities not just those that Verizon deems useful to their business model. Verizon doesn’t have the greatest track record with releasing phones with a full feature set, but taking away functionality by a firmware upgrade seems to much like Sony’s battle to control homebrew on the PSP.
I should note Bitpim is in itself a great Personal Information Manger. It allows you to manage, contacts, ringtones, calendars, movies you take, pictures, etc on many phones. It does not enable piracy or allow you to use Get it Now games for free. Verizon is most likely blocking access so that it can attempt to gouge for ringtones, pictures sent over the network and the like.
Shame on you Verizon!