can I flash my own Startac 7868w w/latest firmware? and.....

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I haven't been to a Verizon store in a while (aren't any within 2 hrs of me)
but I hear all support for the old startacs is no more.

I have a serial-to-startac cable.... is this all I need to flash?

and the other question: does anyone have a firmware file they could email
me?

I think 7654 was the latest, if I did my homework right...

I actually have three Startacs (all 7868w)... and one already is 7654, the
other is 7058, not sure about the third...


thanks!

~Reuben


ReubenL1 at hotmail.com
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    Why not get a new phone with more features? The 7868 is about 8 years old.

    "Reuben L" <ReubenL1 --AT-- hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:7bidnZlONLxdfw_fRVn-vg@cablespeedwa.com...
    >I haven't been to a Verizon store in a while (aren't any within 2 hrs of
    >me)
    > but I hear all support for the old startacs is no more.
    >
    > I have a serial-to-startac cable.... is this all I need to flash?
    >
    > and the other question: does anyone have a firmware file they could
    > email
    > me?
    >
    > I think 7654 was the latest, if I did my homework right...
    >
    > I actually have three Startacs (all 7868w)... and one already is 7654,
    > the
    > other is 7058, not sure about the third...
    >
    >
    >
    > thanks!
    >
    > ~Reuben
    >
    >
    > ReubenL1 at hotmail.com
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    I have a couple of startacs with the atest firmare. About the only
    thing the latest version does is add movile web and ext meassaging
    capability.The web is way to hard to read on the phone and the test
    messaging output doesn't have an kind of T-9 predictive test input,
    which means it's very slow and pinful to send a test message.

    I've taken my startacs out on numerous occaision to fringe areas and
    modern phones have much better digital reception. As far as analog my
    Audiovox 9500 is just as good if not better.
    The only thing about the startac that is better is the voice quality,
    since it is pre 1xrtt and the form factor.

    If you hunt carefully among some of the more modern phones, you can get
    a phone with nearly as good analog reception and a much better digital
    reception and a whole lot better screen and feature set.

    Many more modern handsets still have an external antenna adapter which
    will provide excellent analog fringe performance in a pinch.

    I loved my startac, but after LOTS of side by side reception with many
    more modern phones. My Audiovox 9500 is still better, the v60i is just
    about as good.

    Digital reception, for the Startac has been eclipsed by most modern
    phones as well.

    In short a firmware upgrade isn't going to add a lot more to the 7868
    useability.

    It's probably cheaper to buy a 7868 refurb, than find a VZW store to do
    an update. The Canadian made Timeport is another good option, instead
    of the Chinese built 7868. The keypads on the 7868 are one of the first
    parts to fail in my experience.

    Forget the milliwatt ratings and try a real comparison with some
    friends current model cell phones in a fringe analog area. You might be
    surprised how little difference the specs makes.
    AN unactivated phone can still be used to call 611 for test calls.

    Sure there are some real dog analog performers, just about any phone
    with a stub antenna will be poor.

    Generally, the longer antenna the better the fringe analog reception.

    -
    David
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    "Mij Adyaw" <mijadyaw@nospam.net> wrote in
    news:FqJke.30$GL.5@fed1read03:

    > Why not get a new phone with more features? The 7868 is about 8 years
    > old.
    >
    >

    Because the StarTac runs 600 mw, instead of 150 mw?

    Just a guess......(c;
  4. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    In article <Xns9660B2EEB45A9w4csc@63.223.7.253>,
    Larry W4CSC <noone@home.com> wrote:
    >"Mij Adyaw" <mijadyaw@nospam.net> wrote in
    >news:FqJke.30$GL.5@fed1read03:
    >
    >> Why not get a new phone with more features? The 7868 is about 8 years
    >> old.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >Because the StarTac runs 600 mw, instead of 150 mw?
    >
    >Just a guess......(c;
    >


    And, next to the Motorola 270c, is probably the best no-frills, excellent
    on battery power and signal strength phone Verizon Wireless has ever
    carried.

    I have both and continue to use them today. Nothing comes close.

    Scott
  5. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    On Tue, 24 May 2005 18:22:30 -0400, Larry W4CSC <noone@home.com>
    wrote:

    >"Mij Adyaw" <mijadyaw@nospam.net> wrote in
    >news:FqJke.30$GL.5@fed1read03:
    >
    >> Why not get a new phone with more features? The 7868 is about 8 years
    >> old.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >Because the StarTac runs 600 mw, instead of 150 mw?
    >
    >Just a guess......(c;

    Or to state it another way, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.;-)

    Mij ought to apply for a job at VZW sales.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    Thanks, all.

    I've got friends w/newer phones, and they're still amazed that mine will
    pull in a signal (digital) in many places where their modern, color-screen,
    cute-ringtone, picture-taking tele-gizmos will not. I do appreciate the
    comparisons to a 270c, but I love the fact that it's a flip-phone. my
    keypad looks like brand new... and I've had the exact same phone (not
    replaced once) for 4 yrs. now. I've replaced probably a 8 or 10 antennas in
    that time, though!

    also, like I said... I have 3 of these, so if one breaks, I get to keep all
    my car-chargers, wall-chargers, desktop-chargers, handsfree-thing that I
    never use, etc. etc.

    so, if I can GET the firmware, CAN I flash it myself using my serial-port
    cable? or is there a flash-utility that I'd also need?

    thanks-

    ~Reuben


    "The Ghost of General Lee" <ghost@general.lee> wrote in message
    news:3ae9919uu6f4p0ncsq4kid2s5vqbl0p689@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 24 May 2005 18:22:30 -0400, Larry W4CSC <noone@home.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >"Mij Adyaw" <mijadyaw@nospam.net> wrote in
    > >news:FqJke.30$GL.5@fed1read03:
    > >
    > >> Why not get a new phone with more features? The 7868 is about 8 years
    > >> old.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >
    > >Because the StarTac runs 600 mw, instead of 150 mw?
    > >
    > >Just a guess......(c;
    >
    > Or to state it another way, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.;-)
    >
    > Mij ought to apply for a job at VZW sales.
    >
  7. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    Like you I had 3 copies of a phone model. Four if you count the
    non-branded one. I have since moved on to a newer model, since some of
    the old network features no longer worked on the old model and of course
    some of the new network features would not either. However the point I
    am trying to make is that since your model of phone is discontinued,
    there may not me anymore software updates written. For the model I had,
    there were never any updates.
  8. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    "Reuben L" <ReubenL1 --AT-- hotmail.com> wrote in
    news:ebmdnSjoZ7F6pAjfRVn-tA@cablespeedwa.com:

    > picture-taking tele-gizmos

    Ha....I love this description better'n my "toyphone" one!

    "Pardon me, Sir. Is that your new picture-taking tele-gizmo you have
    there?"

    I'm gonna have to make a special trip to the mall!....(c;

    Thanks....hee hee
  9. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.verizon (More info?)

    "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in news:OSFle.4558$Fb.2884@trndny07:

    > Another solution--I started accumulating StarTacs a couple of years
    > ago from friends who "upgraded" their phones, and I went a little
    > overboard. I have 4 or 5 of them in excellent shape, all with the
    > newer firmware, so they are able to do 2-way SMS. You can buy one for
    > about the same as they will charge you to upgrade, and you'll have a
    > spare phone.
    >
    > Dean
    > _

    Shhhh....I have a 99 cent, 3W bagphone in each car. It WILL call 911 on
    whichever A or B system it likes....whether the goddamned company
    bureaucrats want it to or not....(c; No dead battery...plugs into ciggie
    lighter.

    Everyone should have one in their trunk..just in case. It'll call the cops
    or an ambulance when all the picture-taking gizmophones are dead meat.
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