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Verizon Samsung Brightside phone - how to enable Wifi?

MrCookieBar 1,778 1,706 October 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM
This basic feature phone has a browser and bluetooth -- there has to be some method of enabling wifi!

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no wifi near as I can tell it is a semi smart phone

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2...kAnswerTab
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Browsers and bluetooth are unrelated to WiFi. WiFi is not mentioned under the specs.

http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/...AVZW-specs
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I agree, Feature phones rarely have wifi because they are not really designed to do data intensive things.
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I agree, Feature phones rarely have wifi because they are not really designed to do data intensive things.
Out of the box, this phone can browse the web via Verizon's 3G network. Verizon excluded wifi because it was more profitable, not because the phone capabilities.

This phone is designed to browse the web, communicate via BT, capture video... adding wifi is no less data intensive than any of those things.
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
Out of the box, this phone can browse the web via Verizon's 3G network. Verizon excluded wifi because it was more profitable, not because the phone capabilities.

This phone is designed to browse the web, communicate via BT, capture video... adding wifi is no less data intensive than any of those things.
I believe Liquid is saying that basic phones have the capability of web browsing, but that's not their forte. Most people buying them have no intention of surfing the web on them, so that's why they don't have wifi.
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
Out of the box, this phone can browse the web via Verizon's 3G network. Verizon excluded wifi because it was more profitable, not because the phone capabilities.

This phone is designed to browse the web, communicate via BT, capture video... adding wifi is no less data intensive than any of those things.
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I believe Liquid is saying that basic phones have the capability of web browsing, but that's not their forte. Most people buying them have no intention of surfing the web on them, so that's why they don't have wifi.
Yes that was the intention. These are not smartphones, feature phones generally don't download large apps, don't post lots of photos to social media, stream netflix, youtube, and music. They are mainly designed for phone calls and SMS and maybe very light email, these are not data intensive so wifi would not be useful (those things use carrier networks) and an added expense. Yes they take photos and video, but they just are not designed to share those widely in high resolutions. For some people it's exactly what they want, and that is why choice exists. Not everyone wants or needs an iphone or android.

Just like a Prius, you can drive it around a race track but it's not designed to be a sports car, so it doesn't have a powerful engine, sticky tires, or a race tuned suspension.
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Just like a Prius, you can drive it around a race track but it's not designed to be a sports car, so it doesn't have a powerful engine, sticky tires, or a race tuned suspension.
farking Toyota, screwing over the consumers again!
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Yes that was the intention. These are not smartphones, feature phones generally don't download large apps, don't post lots of photos to social media, stream netflix, youtube, and music. They are mainly designed for phone calls and SMS and maybe very light email, these are not data intensive so wifi would not be useful (those things use carrier networks) and an added expense. Yes they take photos and video, but they just are not designed to share those widely in high resolutions. For some people it's exactly what they want, and that is why choice exists. Not everyone wants or needs an iphone or android.

Just like a Prius, you can drive it around a race track but it's not designed to be a sports car, so it doesn't have a powerful engine, sticky tires, or a race tuned suspension.
This phone is designed to connect with Verizon's 3G network and surf the internet. You can post all the photos you want with this phone on Verizon's 3G network.
Honestly, you lost me with the sticky tires and other comments.

Thanks, but I'll find a more technical forum in which to ask this question.
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Going to another form won't magically add WiFi. If the specs don't say it is there, no matter how many places you ask, it won't just appear.
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
This phone is designed to connect with Verizon's 3G network and surf the internet. You can post all the photos you want with this phone on Verizon's 3G network.
Honestly, you lost me with the sticky tires and other comments.

Thanks, but I'll find a more technical forum in which to ask this question.
It's not built into the phone. It's not something that can magically appear. I've been with Verizon since 1995. I think I know what I'm talking about Smilie
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
This phone is designed to connect with Verizon's 3G network and surf the internet. You can post all the photos you want with this phone on Verizon's 3G network.
Honestly, you lost me with the sticky tires and other comments.

Thanks, but I'll find a more technical forum in which to ask this question.
If you go to HowardForums, they will automagically add a broadcom wifi chip to your feature phone
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If you go to HowardForums, they will automagically add a broadcom wifi chip to your feature phone
Check eBay. You know how you can unlock AT&T iPhones for $10? You can unlock the wifi the same way. Just send them the imei/ESN #, it'll take around 12-24 hours.
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
This phone is designed to connect with Verizon's 3G network and surf the internet. You can post all the photos you want with this phone on Verizon's 3G network.
Honestly, you lost me with the sticky tires and other comments.

Thanks, but I'll find a more technical forum in which to ask this question.
No, you don't quite get it. This is a feature phone, not a smartphone. Yes it can post photos to a few places using 3G, but it's not designed to do more data intensive things like a smarphone. I could browse the very crippled web and post photos on my Moto Razr V3 flip phone when it was released in 2004, but I could not run skype, play youtube, games, move files with dropbox, and more because this was a feature phone. There is a difference between a smartphone and a feature phone, and your finding that out now. I won't try and convince you further because there is no need to argue.

Your phone can't do wifi, no one will be able to change this on any forum because your phone lacks the necessary hardware to do so. Wifi requires a wifi radio and then software and an operating system to support all of this. Your phone doesnt have any of it (Because it's a feature phone). Without a built in wifi radio it's not possible to use wifi. You can't add one on. Your options are to live without wifi, or get a different phone. It's actually pretty simple, there are no shortcuts or secret hacks either. It's a black and white answer.
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Quote from AkumaX View Post :
Check eBay. You know how you can unlock AT&T iPhones for $10? You can unlock the wifi the same way. Just send them the imei/ESN #, it'll take around 12-24 hours.
o_O??

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This phone is designed to connect with Verizon's 3G network and surf the internet. You can post all the photos you want with this phone on Verizon's 3G network.
Honestly, you lost me with the sticky tires and other comments.

Thanks, but I'll find a more technical forum in which to ask this question.
you can't magically unlock wifi if your phone doesn't have the hardware built in.
Like others said, you need a physical wifi chip on your phone, that you don't have

Feel free to go to other forums, they'll respond the same way if not nastier.
i get the feeling you'll just be raging no matter where you go
try 4chan, they're a lot of help there.
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