Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sony Ericsson w810i and Linux

Despite all problems I had to stop my phone subscription at Orange twisted, my new subscription will be an Orange one biggrin, after all, they are not so bad lol, my choice was a little quickly and I chose a Sony Ericsson w810i wink, I would have to check the compatibility of this telephone with Linux… Indeed I would like to be able to synchronize it with Kontact razz, in particular the calendar, To-do and the list of contacts… If like me you have large fingers: the keyboard of the portable telephone can be for you a nightmare rolleyes


The good point of Sony Ericsson w810i is that it is provided with a USB cable to connect it with your PC, when it is connected, two modes are available:

  1. File transfer
  2. phone mode
The “File transfer” mode allows you to transfer the data from your mobile phone to Linux. But I have not yet succeed to make the contrary… sad The phone mode can be used with Kmobiltools to see contacts, the SMS sent and receives, to telephone and send SMS. But I still did not find the ultimate tool allowing me to synchronize my mobile phone with my KDE rolleyes with the USB link, for that I am testing some software:
  1. Kandy: hmmm… that does not work!
  2. Kmobiletools: works very well but it is not what I am looking for
  3. Wammu/Gammu: the X interface is very ugly but this software seems to works well when it does not freeze
  4. Gnokii: command line tool and requires to create yourself a configuration file. Kontact uses this tool by default, but that does not work very well
  5. GCALSYNC: that deviates a little my wired vision of a local synchronisation, but that will at least enable me to manage correctly my schedule.
For the moment I am reduce to synchronize my telephone under Windows… and synchronise Windows with Linux… this is not the universal panacea evil but I seek and hope well to find a perfect solution

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I'm experiencing the same trouble as you are. (I'm running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn unstable version)

Sander said...

I'm about to try this myself (on ubuntu 7.04 - feisty fawn) perhaps it is worth a try!

http://www.williambrownstreet.net/wordpress/?p=27#more-27

Anonymous said...

is it possible to use this phone as a modem under linux .. i have conected to the inet with it under winblows but i have yet to figure out the way to use it in linux ? deb etch 4.0 kern 2.6.20-grml

anubhav said...

i use multisync with my w810i on my Edgy box.It synchronizes pretty clean with Evolution,plus i use Bluetooth so no carrying cables.

Thierry said...

Hi All, the w810i syncs great with Linux over Bluetooth. With a cable it is quite tricky and you need to google for obex-over-cable(something similar). For sync you need the obex protocol, which works best with Bluetooth. (If you haven't a bluetooth chipset, buy a bluetooth usb stick costs only 10-20 EURO.)

It is also possible to use the w810i as a modem under Linux, also very easy with Bluetooth.

More informations on www.williambrownstreet.net/


best regards

Anonymous said...

can anyone please help to use internet on my linux desktop with usb cable? I actually got connected through usb cable to GPRS server but not getting a single byte from server but able to send request packets to GPRS server.
Am I missing anything on linux?

baturayp said...

i think you only need to load kernel module "cdc_acm"

sudo modprobe cdc_adm

my puppy linux automatically recognise my w810i when i boot it. I connect my w810i's modem from /dev/modem. And i can connect to internet via gprs/edge without any problem...

baturayp said...

i think you only need to load kernel module "cdc_acm"

sudo modprobe cdc_adm

my puppy linux automatically recognise my w810i when i boot it. I connect my w810i's modem from /dev/modem. And i can connect to internet via gprs/edge without any problem...