How to get a Bluetooth Phone talking to a Pocket PC

by Todd Ogasawara

B.R. emailed me a question on an all-too-common topic:
Getting a Bluetooth enabled phone working with a Bluetooth enabled Pocket PC.

B.R. writes:

I guess I don't know much about bluetooth file transfer. Can you refer me to a step-by-step somewhere on sending my T610 pics to an IPAQ?
I can link them via bluetooth, and pair them, but I can't find anything to use to send the pictures from one to the other.

B.R. My opinion is that the various Bluetooth stacks out there are not all equal.
And, that can get we gadget geeks into all kinds of configuration contortions.
However, as you can see in the photo from my review article about the Sony Ericsson T610
it is possible to get the T610 syncing with a HP iPAQ 2215 (I have not tried it with other iPAQ models, however).
Fortunately, you have two things in your favor:

  1. IMHO, the Sony Ericsson T610 has a good Bluetooth stack
  2. There are people who know a lot more about Bluetooth than you and me and they are are willing to share their knowledge with us.

Here's the first place I go when I get stuck trying to get phones and PDAs working together with Bluetooth.

The Geekzone Bluetooth Guides

Take a look at the step-by-step tutorials there.
If your exact iPAQ model is not listed, try a tutorial focusing on a Pocket PC with the same release version (e.g., Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003, etc.).

Have a favorite Bluetooth resource/reference site? Let us know about it here.