How To Connect Your Mobile Phone To Other Mobile Devices
This film shows you how to connect your mobile phone to other mobile phones and Bluetooth or infrared devices.
There are several ways of getting one mobile to exchange information with another and this is useful for swapping contact information, pictures or even ringtones. Now, obviously both the kinds of data you can swap and the ways of doing it are limited by your handset, but I'm going to try and cover all the options and hopefully one of them will work for you.
First off, the method most people are used to. Open up your Messaging menu and see what options you have. If you can send a multimedia message then there's a good chance you use it to send pictures, sound and even video files. You can also send details from you contacts list as a message or business card via SMS. The downside with this method is that texting or sending media messages costs money and the receiving phone may only have a small amount of memory assigned to received messages, meaning that you file might not arrive properly even though you've been charged for it.
A better option all round is Bluetooth. This sends information over radio waves to any device that is set up to receive it. This is quick, free and secure as in most cases you'll have to specifically "pair" two devices to exchange information between them. Even if information is sent to you phone from an unknown source, you'll have to deliberately choose to accept that information in order to download it. This is important because the first few viruses for mobile phones are spread by Bluetooth - so if someone sends you a mysterious ".sis" file you can choose to deny it and you won't be harmed. Good practice with Bluetooth is keep it switched off by default and only turn it on to perform specific exchanges. Not only does this save your mobile's battery, but it prevents any stray nasty's talking to your phone.
To find out if you have Bluetooth, go to your connections menu and see what options you have. If you find a Bluetooth listing, set it to "on" and then search for other devices. Your phone should pick up any devices that have Bluetooth turned on within around a ten metre radius. Choose the device you want to send your file to and the receiver will have to accept the file at their end. The memory restrictions that apply to messaging shouldn't apply to Bluetooth as most devices that have this technology are set to save any files they receive to larger main memory by default.
Before Bluetooth, Infrared or IR communications were common on mobiles - and you can still find it on many handsets today. This uses pulses of infrared light to send files to other devices - it's also the same technology used by many remote controls and like Bluetooth, it's free to use. Again, have a look at your connections menu to see if you have an infrared option, but you can also check for a small dark rectangle on your handset - if you have one there's a good chance it's an infrared receiver. To use IR, you have to put the two receivers close to and facing each other and hit "send" on the unit that has the file you're sending. IR is quite slow so it may take a while, but the receiving unit will let you know when the file has arrived.
Bluetooth and Infrared can be used to connect your phone to you computer so long as it supports these services, but you can also use a cable to connect the two. Many "smart" phones come bundled with a cable and a CD of software that will let your phone and computer communicate. If your phone didn't come with any software, have a look at the manufacturer's website as there may be a program you can download, while cables can be bought from most mobile phone stockists and some electronics shops. Aside from backing up the information on your phone, you can also use a computer to send ringtones and desktop pictures to your handset, as well as edit any photos from your camera phone. Have a look elsewhere on Videojug for tips on how to take these photos and what to do with them afterwards.