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iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
while my 3GS can see my powerbook and work with it using the Bluetooth connection, cannot do the same with my 3G. they simply do not see each other even staying very close each other. Both are Bluetooth enabled, of course.
Any suggestion?

powerbook 15" - 1.67, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    The only type of bluetooth connection between your computer and an iPhone available is for tethering. Is that what you mean? What firmware version is installed in both iPhones?

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3647
  • 2. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    romad Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    I believe Apple updated the Bluetooth chipset in the 3GS. But I don't know exactly what Bluetooth protocols were added. Stereo audio for Bluetooth headsets was one capability I understand.
  • 3. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    The 3G and 3GS have the same bluetooth profiles.
  • 4. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    modular747,
    i'd like copy files from 1 iphone to the other or in/from the mac. i also tried using airsharing app using the same wifi line, with no success: airsharing does not see the 3G, just 3GS and the powerbook.
    the only firmware i see is the firmware modem: 05.11.07in both the iphones.
    thanks all for replay.
  • 5. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)
    The iPhone does not support any bluetooth file transfer protocols - just the handsfree protocol (HSP and HFP) stereo streaming (A2DP) and the PBA protocol (allows other devices to scan/browse iPhones contact list).

    There are apps that offer wifi file transfer, but like all apps on the iPhone, they only have access to their own stored files, not those created or stored by other apps.
  • 6. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok Michael, but anyway the 2 iPhones should be seeable. right?
  • 7. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    latest info: iphone 3G is seen by daughter's nokia cellular, while is not seen by iPhone 3GS, powerbook and macbook. all these mac machines can see each other but 3G.
    mmmm!
  • 8. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    You are talking about BT devices "seeing" other devices which they can't necessarly pair with.

    iPhone BT profiles in the 3G and 3Gs with firmware 3.x include: HFP (hands free for telephone), PHAB (phone book access), A2DP (stereo music), AVRCP (remote control for stereo headset), and PAN (personal area network for tethering).

    iPhones don't sopport FTP - file transfer protocol via Bluetooth. Airsharing and other apps like it connect via internet - cell data network or WiFi, not Bluetooth.

    Can you connect your 3G BT with a headset? If not, do the basic troubleshooting - reset phone, reset all setting, restore from backup, restore as new.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3647
    http://discussions.apple.com/post!reply.jspa?messageID=10701494
  • 9. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    Correction: the second link in my last post should have been:

    http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Technology/Works/Profiles_Overview.htm
  • 10. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yes, as earlier i was reporting the airsharing wifi line has been reported just to add one more problem between the 2 iphone.
    i still wonder why the nokia cell phone BT sees the 3G while all the other mac/iphone do not see it (beyond the wifi).
    i'll investigate something more before to reset it. thanks a lot for your help.
  • 11. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    I'm not clear by what you mean by "sees the 3G". Are you saying you can pair a Nokia with a 3G?? This may be an aberration of how the Nokia reports the presence of another BT device even though it is not compatible for pairing.
  • 12. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i can say that i can see the 3G through the nokia display, using BT. anyway i cannot confirm i can pair them right now because, due to the our local time, my daughter, the nokia user, is already sleeping and i have to wait until tomorrow morning in order to realize for sure.
    later i'll let you know.
  • 13. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    There is no way you will be able to pair an iPhone with a Nokia - there is no compatible Bluetooth profile.

    On re-reading your posts, I get the impression you are confusing the way 2 devices communicate via Bluetooth vs. WiFi.

    Bluetooth is a short range direct connection between the devices which requires compatible BT profiles installed in each device, and both devices to be "paired".

    WiFi does not connect 2 devices directly. Each device connects only to a WiFi router. The devices communicate either through a local network or the internet, even if both devices are connected to the same router. WiFi communication also requires correct network settings.

    Message was edited by: modular747
  • 14. Re: iPhone 3G and 3GS Bluetooth
    iKlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i'm sorry, i previously said that i reported both BT and wifi just to show a difficult way to "talk" between the 2 iPhone. no more.
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