Verizon XV6700 – Day 1


Being the geek that I am I finally decided it was time to get a phone that did more than just make calls. There are a few reasons for this, such as wanting to experiment more with bluetooth, hack around on Windows Mobile, use a headset in the car to avoid crashing, and increase my geek status :)
I decided to go with the XV6700 from Verizon:
Having just picked up the phone Wednesday night, here are my initial impressions:

  • The phone comes with Wifi, and it works great. I picked up my neighbors wireless network from two houses away!
  • The user interface is pretty slick, it runs Windows Mobile 5.0 (I know its Windoze), has a full querty keyboard, joystick control and stylus.
  • The Motorola H500 bluetooth headset seemed to work okay at first, but it is very uncomfortable and not loud enough.
  • One really annoying thing that I hope to fix with some hacks is that you can not do voice activated dialing via a bluetooth headset. This just plain sucks. If anyone knows of any hacks, please let me know.
  • The phone is also much smaller than I thought, although the belt clip that I bought (along with the car charger and headset for $80) is a little clumsy and big.
  • It also comes with an infrared port, which I am hoping can be used as a universal remote for my entertainment center
  • I have yet to get the phone to sync with my outlook mail and calendar, not sure why yet, I get some unspecified error that I need to investigate
  • No support under OS X, yet, there is a company called Markspace that makes a product that will sync PDAs with OS X, including Entourage, iCal, etc… They do not yet support Windows Mobile 5.0, but are working on it.
  • The web works awesome, both through Wifi and EVDO. Its nice having the Interweb everywhere :) I plan to pick up Pocket Streets 2005 so I don’t get lost (Which looks like I will also be buying a bluetooth enabled GPS to go with it).
  • The camera works great, check out this pic I grabbed this morning in the parking lot. W00t!

More to come!

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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