Using the Samsung SCH-u740 with Mac OS X
So long as you time things correctly (generally using a combination of about 8 in person and over the phone reps at Verizon) you can take advantage of their “new every two” program and get a new phone for free every two years and not incur any special service charges or pro-rating of your “old” contract.
Until Palm has a phone that’s actually cheap (and maybe a little thinner) we decided not to add another one to the stable of tech toys, but instead would tread into the murky waters of the “other” phones to find a suitable second phone for my better half.
The Samsung SCH-u740 has been making its rounds and getting high praise so we thought we’d check it out. Unlike most phones this one actually felt solidly constructed and the multi-directional hinge did not feel flimsy.
While it would have been fine to get this and use it as just a phone (esp. as it was free) we thought we’d see if there was more that we could do with it so we started searching the internet for options.
We know that Verizon is notorious for crippling services and we discovered that as expected, bluetooth was pretty much useless out of the box with Mac. You can pair the device to your computer but then all you get to see is “no services available”.
We also know from experience from our last Verizon phone, that they want to make email the only way to get your pictures off the phone. After going through the laborious process of emailing the entire phone’s worth of pictures (40+) one at a time (at $.10/photo) we were determined not to go through that again.
If that weren’t bad enough there is even more: the only obvious way to get music on the phone is to buy all of it through Verizon VCast (with data plan that we had no interest in purchasing).
Luckily with the purchase of a few accessories you can use the “back door” to both load up your phone with your music but also to get your pics and videos off of the phone for free.
The Memory Card Shuffle
Everyone wants more storage for their media these days and like many phones this one has a slot in the side for a microSD card. buy.com seems to always have a deal on them and you can get 1GB anywhere from free to $10. Go buy one.
When you get this card and click it in you can format and use it by going to the following menus on your phone:
– Settings and Tools / Memory -> Card Memory -> Options (lower right hand contextual menu) -> Format Card
Once formatted pull it out of the phone and use your fancy card reader for your computer to mount it as an HD. Different computers will require different readers. We like to reduce desk clutter so we picked up a fancy 12-in-1 card reader for use with our MacBook’s Express Card slot. But any card reader that does SD or microSD will do.
Here is how your card will look in your OS X Finder. You can see that the phone created folders to put everything in. Just drop music into the my_music folder and it will become available for play. Curiously the phone created a folder called PALM. I don’t know why or what that does.
Navigate into the my_pix and my_flix folders to copy photos and videos you’ve taken**
** To tell your camera to use the expansion card instead of internal memory for the camera and camcorder just start up one of those services and select:
– Options -> Memory -> Card
Update September 05, 2007: Copying your own movies to your Samsung u740
Apple is a member of this alliance and as such has put this format in the export options of it’s newest versions of Quicktime. Here is a walk-through of how we got a short .mov to work on our Samsung:
Here is an online thread with lots of info and feedback on the phone:
Here is some software that one might be able to use to synchronize *all* of the phone’s data with your computer: