Networking for your Palm, Pocket PC and Computer by Lisa Gade,
Bluetooth SD Card
is the smallest Bluetooth card available in the US. Made by Toshiba,
the Palm Bluetooth card comes in the dimunutive SD card format. Any
Palm with an SD card slot can use this card for wireless Internet
access via a BT cell phone or BT network access point, to Hotsync
wirelessly to a desktop/notebook computer and to share info with
other BT Palm PDAs. Note that this card works only with Palm
OS 4.x models and not Palm OS 5.x models such as the Zire
71 and Tungsten C.
install the software from the included CD, and you'll see
the Bluetooth application which walks you through the steps
of connecting and setting up your BT devices, an SMS program
for sending text messages to cell phones, the Telephony Services
where you setup integrated dialing from your address book,
BlueBoard, an app that allows Palms with the BT card to share
drawings wirelessly and BlueChat which allows Palms with
BT to share text in real time. You'll use the Bluetooth app
to discover and bond to (called trusted pairs in Palm lingo,
and required for cell phones) other BT devices. You can also
call up BT communications and discovery by using the send
feature (which will appear under the file menu of most built-in
apps after you've installed the BT software), or using one
of the included collaborative apps (BlueBoard and BlueChat).
In most cases, you'll probably want to set up your favorite
BT devices in the Bluetooth app before plunging into connections.
your Palm discovers (finds and recognizes) other BT devices,
the Bluetooth application initial screen won't list any BT
devices, but you'll see buttons to discover PCs, cell phones
and LANs. Once you have discovered and used BT devices, the
most recent one used (and its connection method, such as
ISP settings for a cell phone) will show up at the top of
the screen in respective pop-up menus.
Phones, Data Connections and GPS/GPRS
cell phone and dialer settings are primarily designed for
use with GSM phones. Note that if you use a non-GSM cell
phone (the Motorola v270c on Verizon is the only one that
comes to mind), it will be discovered and listed as a modem
rather than a phone. If your GSM phone isn't listed, you
can download additional phone drivers from www.palm.com.
Note that you must bond with your cell phone before you use
it with your Palm. If you have GPRS, you lucky soul, then
the connection is treated as a LAN, and you'll need to set
it up under Preferences, Connection in the Palm OS. In the
Connection screen, select LAN and connection via Bluetooth.
Then you can press the "tap to find" button on
this screen to discover and bond with your Bluetooth GPRS
capable cell phone. Once you've done this, you'll need to
go to the Network settings prefs to setup the details of
the GPRS LAN connection (username, password and etc.). Note:
the connection type is PPP for GPRS.
a GSM phone, you can enable "tap dialing". This means if
you tap on the phone number in your address book list view, the Palm
will tell your cell phone to dial that number. Cool if you haven't
loaded all your favorite phone numbers onto your SIM card!
can surf the Internet using either Palm webclipping app or the included
WAP browser (WAP is the text-based browser technology used on web-capable
you can hotsync via BT to your desktop/notebook computer if it also
has a BT adapter installed! Under Preferences in the Palm OS, simply
create a new connection where you connect to "PC" via "Bluetooth".
Discover your desktop for the first time, and it will thereafter
be listed as the device for this connection. Now in your Palm's hotsync
app, choose the PC connection you just created as your hotsync target
and you're off! Well, almost. . . don't forget to change your desktop
Hotsync settings to use the COM port assigned to your computer's
the Palm BT card doesn't have any competition, so if you want
BT and have an OS 4 Palm PDA this is the card to get. That doesn't
mean it's a bad choice. Like all Palm products, it's reliable, user-friendly
and it just plain works well. If you get this card and find you're
having troube connecting to your cell phone, remember that most phones
leave BT turned on for only 1 to 3 minutes and that you can get more
drivers from Palm's website. Palm also has a nice .pdf document describing
how to get connected to a variety of BT cell phones which you can
download at http://www.palm.com/support/accessories/bluetooth.html.