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I bought a new, unlocked Motorola V400 mobile phone on ebay. Since this phone has a (VGA resolution) camera, I wanted a data cable to connect the phone with my PC.
The data cable allows to transfer pictures, mp3 files and address book data between phone and PC (Outlook).

I found various offers on ebay that were very low priced.

"Motorola V551 V300 V330 V400 V600 USB Data Cable + CD"
($1.99)



The description for this product is typically like this:

  • 100% Brand New High Quality USB Data Cable w/ Driver
  • Quantity: 1
  • Start syncing data for your phone with this USB data cable with driver.
  • Connect your cellular phone with your PC/Laptop by the USB port to perform data transfer, fax and modem operations on GSM and TDMA products.
  • USB Driver is included. Driver configures the computer's COM port 4 (COM4) to be a USB port so that TrueSync can be used with the cable.
  • Note: TrueSync does not allow or recognize a USB connection; however, this data cable will configure the computer's COM4 to be a USB port. After installing USB driver, choose COM4 as your connection in TrueSync.
  • USB is supported on Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, not supported on Windows 95/98 1st Edition or Windows NT.
  • Act now while this offer lasts!
  • For use with: Motorola
  • Compatible with: A630 / A830 / A835 / A840 / A845 / A860 / A920 / A1000 / C305 / C341c / C343 / C343cr / c390 /c698p / C975 / C980 /E310 / E398 / E550 / E815 /E815m / E1000 / E1070 / M800 / M900 / ROKR E1 [E790] / T720 /T720c / T720i / T722 / T722i / T725 / T300p / T730c / T7 / V60 / V60t / V60c / V60g / V60i / V60p / V60s / V60v / V60x / V65p / V66 / V70 / V80 / V120 / V120c / V120e /V120t / V120x / V260 / V262 /V265 / V265m / V266 / V276 / V300 / V300m / V330 / V330i / V400 / V400p / V500 / V501 / V505 / V510 /V525 / V525m / V535 / V540 / V545 / V547 / V550 / V551 / V551j / V551m / V555 / V557 / V557p / V560 / V600 / V600i / V600m / V620 / V635 / V635i / V710 / V710m / V810 / V872 / V975 / V980 / V1050 / MPx220 / Timeport 270 / 270c / 280 / 280g
  • CMOTV60XDAT5
  • 206939"


I bought a combo of
  1. cable
  2. driver CD
  3. travel charger

for $0.99 plus $5.95 shipping.

With sales tax it came to $7.02. I already had a travel charger and a car charger, but hey - a spare charger cannot hurt, or?

The product arrived within 4 days.

I put the CDROM in the laptop (Windows XP),
plug the cable in the phone,
other end of cable goes in laptop's USB port.
[pause]
computer recognizes new hardware
but fails to install the proper drivers.

I spend 12 hours over 2 days downloading various drivers and software tools.

Appears that the content of the driver CD (P2K drivers) is indeed needed, but you can download it for free from many many sources on the web (legal downloads)

Ideally you will also want a software application that does the synchronization. The drivers alone don't do you good. There are illegal copies available on the web, or in P2P file sharing networks, or you can buy "Motorola Phone Tools" from these guys:

http://www.bvrp.com/customers/motorola/upgrade/US/

As I said, I am not a computer novice, and after combined 12 hours of trying, I figured the cable may be bad. My cable has a print "V60" on it. Maybe not quite as compatible as I thought?

I went to the mall and bought an official Motorola Data Cable ($27.50 including sales tax).
Plugged it in, worked right away.
For 27.50 you don't even get a driver CD and of course no application either, but you get a functioning cable.


What about the cables on ebay? I found out that this is no single occurence. Many other customers have made the same experience. Those $0.49 cables are not working reliably.

Can can I do? Sure, I can mail the defective cable back to the ebay seller and get a refund of 99 cents (actually a loss after paying for shipping it back!)

The way I see it, I got a spare travel charger - which actually does work -, and hopefully one more positive feedback, all for $7.



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2007-01-14, 23:50:49   (updated: 2007-01-15, 00:06:51)
[hidden] from Malaysia  
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I have a Motorola V3 phone, but i need a driver to connect from my phone to pc...
where can i download the driver? Someone know the link? thanks...
2007-01-15, 18:44:22
anonymous from Canada  
hi i have a v180 motorola and im looking for motorola phone tools v4.0 for free download anyone know where i can find this?
2007-01-16, 10:32:16
anonymous from United Kingdom  
to quote 3 boxes up, cheers 4 the tip I'll try lookin on Ebay 4 a bit.
2007-01-18, 07:13:54
anonymous from Iran  
i have a motorola l6 and i can't connect it to my pc please help me in this case .thank you.
2007-01-21, 01:22:37
anonymous from Antil Plains in Queensland, Australia  
hey ppl i got the full version of mobile phone tools off bearshare for free and its about 50 mb to get bearshare serch bearshare on google and serch on motorola downloads on bearshare (just so u know bear share is illegal)
2007-01-21, 02:29:10
anonymous from New Delhi in Delhi, India  
Hi am chandan
I want to know writing SRS documents for projects i,e Using modem in mobile phone to connect it to internet through PC please send me SRS or any perticular site which gives complete information.
Thanks..
Chandan
2007-01-21, 16:44:45
anonymous from United Kingdom  
i have a V3! ...i have lost my installation disc .. is there any way i still transfer media on to myPC?
2007-01-21, 16:45:13
anonymous from United Kingdom  
i have a V3! ...i have lost my installation disc .. is there any way i still transfer media on to myPC?
2007-01-21, 20:52:41
anonymous  
Actually, I have a problem with the L6 too, but it seems that if you have a Mac, you can connect your phone via bluetooth, but on;y on a Mac because Macs come with the neccessary Bluetooth software.
2007-01-26, 18:54:55
anonymous from Philippines  
how can i connect my L6 to my pc coz i dont have a installer at all
2007-01-27, 18:02:39
anonymous from Australia  
dose any one know where 2 find the soft where if they do here is my e-mail addresswindmillgottogo@hotmail.com
2007-01-28, 03:59:56
anonymous from Australia  
ok everyone. the motorola l6 behaves as a modem when connected to a computer. god knows why. hope this helps.
2007-01-29, 00:13:36   (updated: 2007-01-29, 00:19:54)
ndulishushu@yahoo.com from Tanzania  
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i want to connect my phone to pc so any one who have the software can send me to my email above.my phone is motorola C 390


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2007-01-30, 01:53:41
rasmzam@yahoo.com from Nairobi in Nairobi Area, Kenya  
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hi guys, want to connect my motorola V3 to the PC. anyone with the drivers or ways of connecting to please send me on my email.rasmzam@yahoo.com


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2007-01-31, 14:30:25
marsell1986@yahoo.com from Portugal  
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you are the best
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