Transferring files with a Bluetooth phone and Ubuntu 7.10

My phone is Bluetooth capable (It’s a standard RAZR). The only reason I personally use the Bluetooth is to transfer my pictures and videos over to my computer so I can use them to illustrate articles about pencil sharpenings.

However, Ubuntu is not very well equipped to handle transferring files by default. It can connect to your phone, but then you’ll probably get a message saying something along the lines of ‘obex:[00:11:22:33:44] is not a valid ocation’ (the number being the MAC address of the phone).

As such:

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Well, this is infact a very easy problem to solve. All you need to do is install one package, which gives Nautilus the ability to view obex ftp connections.

To install it, run ‘sudo apt-get install gnome-vfs-obexftp’. Or you could search for it in Synaptic if you feel like wasting time. The package is all of 164kb, but it does what we need it to do. I am mystified as to why it is not included in Ubuntu by default.

The contents of my phone in Nautilus:

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There we have it. You can now do whatever you want with the contents of your phone. And you can do it all within your own Nautilus. Note that this won’t work if, say, your phone is ridiculously crippled. T-Mobile is pretty good on leaving functionality in their phones. I can do anything with Bluetooth on mine, including add mp3 ringtones.

Good Luck! Hope this is useful.

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