BitPim is one of the coolest, cheapest (freeware), easiest, ugliest apps available to Mac users with cell phones. Ever since I got my LG VX8300 from Verizon Wireless, I have been wanting a way to transfer pictures, ringtones, etc. to my cell phone from my Mac and vice-versa. I struggled after failing to browse the device via Bluetooth because of Verizon’s crippled OBEX (Object Exchange) and trying USB alternatives, which also did not work. BitPim supports USB transfers, but I decided to go wireless and stick with Bluetooth.
BitPim saved my LG VX8300 and me from Verizon’s crippled OBEX. BitPim doesn’t exactly have an iApp interface, but it does have potential. Setting up my phone on BitPim wasn’t necessarily “simple”, but it was possible. Here are the steps I took to pair the phone and my Mac with BitPim via Bluetooth:
- Check to see if your phone is compatible with BitPim.
- Open the Bluetooth preference pane in System Preferences.
- Turn on Bluetooh.
- Click “Set up new device…” in the Devices tab.
- Walk through the Bluetooth Setup Assistant and pair the phone with your Bluetooth-capable Mac.
- Download the latest version of BitPim.
- Open BitPim and access the BitPim settings.
- Select “Phone Wizard” and select your cell phone carrier, manufacturer, and cell phone model.
- Click next and choose either “auto” or one similar to “/dev/cu._________-BTDIAG-1″.
- Click “Detect Phone” to test the connection. Passed means BitPim found and communicated to your phone. If BitPim does not detect the phone, click back and choose another Bluetooth port. *Make sure your phone has Bluetooth powered on.
- OK it.
- Be amazed.
Uploading ringtones was really easy with BitPim, because all of the editing capabilities needed to make the MP3 file compatible with your phone is all in BitPim. When uploading MP3 files as ringtones, I suggest using only a 30 second clip of the song with a 7-9 db volume. Uploading wallpapers and pictures are also easy, with editing capabilities within BitPim to upload your wallpaper at the correct resolution for your phone.
BitPim also lets you download your pictures from your camera phone with ease. After downloading to BitPim, you can export your pictures to the Finder or iPhoto. But make sure when you upload your files to be careful not to select “Replace All” or all of the files could be erased either on your phone or BitPim.
BitPim also includes functionality with other important features, such as calendars, digital phonebooks (vCard), memos, SMS, to-dos, call history, etc. Some phones do not work with some of these features, visit the BitPim website to check if your phone is compatible.